Are We Losing the Ability to Concentrate?

Agree or disagree?

Although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the Web. These behavioural traits are also increasingly becoming the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors. The ability to concentrate deeply appears to be a dying skill.

From “Challenges for Great Libraries in the Age of the Digital Natives” by Dame Lynne J. Brindley, CEO, British Library, as the Miles Conrad lecturer at the 2009 annual meeting of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services. Lecture PDF.

I happen to agree — for the most part.

One Comment Add yours

  1. MarieP says:

    Could you please summarize that? It’s way too long!

    Oh, btw, I LOVE the addition thing…people who can’t add should NOT be commenting on blogs!!!

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