Distracted. Disconnected. Dehumanized.
“Listening is a skill that we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload” (Horowitz).
While listening has long been an issue, I tend to agree that we are seeing this issue of hearing instead of listening greatly amplified in today’s society.
The reality is…
- digitally distracted (or engaged depending how you look at it) is not going away
- information overload is not going away
- this digital world isn’t going away
- what are we gaining not just losing
- what are the things that we are losing that we should lose
- what are the things that we are losing that we should work to preserve
- how do we preserve these items in a world that has changed
Because here is the thing. An article like this will be passed around the work place, shared via email, and discussed around the lunch table or formal meeting room. People will nod in agreement over the travesty of it all.
And then in education, we will hold these types of pieces up lik beacons of light calling us to fight against the travesty of technology. We’ll build upon them a solution that keeps the grounds of the school sacred by saying “No digital here”. And then we’ll wonder why students seem distracted, disconnected, and dehumanized while on our sacred grounds. We’ll wonder why students are compliant but not critical and creative. We’ll wonder why students struggle to make sense of the two worlds they are forced to live.
I’m tired of the “look at this!” attitude just as much as I’m tired of the “so what!” attitude. I’d like to see more “now what?” attitude.