digital literacy scatterbrain

SCATTERBRAIN: The Pew Research Center's latest report, produced in conjunction with Elon University, has a vexingly equivocal title: "Millenials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives." (Huh?) The team surveyed 1,021 tech experts and critics on whether the "always-on connection to people and information" will be a net positive or negative by 2020. The result: 55% yays, 42% nays. Of course, such an open-ended question begs a variety of questions to qualify "good" and "bad," which the report does a commendable job of addressing.

That said, a slew of experts contribute insightful tidbits and handy quotes. Check out the PDF here. Our fav: "Every new generation finds creative and groundbreaking ways to use the new technologies to explore and illuminate human truths and to make dumb, sexist, horrifying schlock. Multitasking young adults and teens will be fine; they'll be better at certain types of tasks and worse at others. Their handwriting will be horrendous. Their thumbs will ache. Life will go on."

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