eagermuscle saidPeople greatly overestimate their ability to multitask.
Well we were all able to balance our texting, facebook, social lives, and extracurricular sports all while getting higher test scores and better grades than every generation before us.
Sounds pretty damn good to me.
But I'm sure people my age will complain about the next generation and so on, hence the Socrates quote.
Both of questionable significance and debatable on various fronts.
Regarding scores and what I assume some might try to attach to that, increased intelligence, there's the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect
considering everything from nutrition to industrial poisoning to simple test taking skills. Also to consider is that "Jon Martin Sundet and colleagues (2004) examined scores on intelligence tests given to Norwegian conscripts between the 1950s and 2002. They found that the increase of scores of general intelligence stopped after the mid-1990s and declined in numerical reasoning sub-tests
But also it's not as if you're the first generation with a things to do list. Growing up, aside from getting mostly A's in school, I swam, partied my ass off, attended Hebrew school Tues & Thurs after school plus Sundays. Went to temple Friday nights and Saturday mornings, partied my ass off some more, hosted numerous parties as a latchkey kid with two working parents, had tons of friends, many still my friends 50 years later, spent 8 weeks each year at summercamp with all those activities and friends; oh, and I didn't score too badly on IQ tests either. Lots of eperience multitasking, no puter required.
My brother lived similarly. His kids? Forgetaboutit! Three of'm and none with a 10th the social life my brother and I had--and I don't mean texting; I mean spending time--though one has some psych issues, the other spent too much time on his puter and the girl too much time with her horse. Still, they had all the opportunties I had and then some yet they're not going to have the long term friendships I have when they grow up because they never managed to figure that out.
Throwing away friendships over the stupidest things--I've heard their stories--isn't really how to balance a social life; it's simply not coping. Nothin' to brag about. It's sad. I hope they figure it out in college and keep some friends for life. It's worth the effort.