Internet trained, but not yet potty trained

Chances are, you’ve already been on the Internet this morning to check the latest SXSW happenings, to read reviews on the iPad 2 or to determine if your suspicion that your cat is trying to kill you is true.

Would it surprise you, though, to learn that nearly 80% of children under age 5 are also using the Internet?

Is anyone else as shocked by that statistic as I am? This report also noted that young children are using more and more media, and are getting pretty darn good at multitasking.

In fact, children between ages 8 and 10 spend about 5.5 hours each day using media, but that figure rises to a whopping 8 hours if you count when these kids are multi-tasking.

But think about it – they’re learning from the best. Us adults are constantly futzing with our Blackberries or iPads or watching a show on Netflix. Why would kids be any different if this is how they’re learning to behave?

Just the other day, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about her daughter Annie: “I handed my daughter her play phone and she goes ‘Oh, Annie’s iPod!’ Hahaha! She’s so tech savvy.”  Yup, tech savvy and still in diapers.

March 15, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

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3 Responses to “Internet trained, but not yet potty trained”

  1. Pete Prodoehl on March 15th, 2011 8:20 am

    It’s still questionable whether multitasking helps us get more done, or just slows us down as we attempt to move between two or more tasks. I fear we’re going to see a generation that is unable to focus.

  2. Olivia Johnson on March 15th, 2011 8:27 am

    Mashable recently had an article that said 42% of Americans watch TV and surf the web at the same time. (http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/deloitte-survey/) So multi-tasking is absolutely on the rise. But keep in mind, while people like us may have trouble focusing while multi-tasking, perhaps that youngest generation will be able to refine their multi-tasking abilities since they’re growing up that way.

  3. Pete Prodoehl on March 15th, 2011 10:39 am

    I see TV & the web as complimentary “entertainment” activities, not “work” where you attempt to complete multiple tasks/projects at a time.

    I too was wondering if eventually people will get used to multitasking and get better at it. Time will tell perhaps…