Social Media And Its Effect On Children

965 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Sustained attention was defined by one’s ability to maintain prolonged focus during repetitive activities. Researchers found that the ability to remain focused on a single task was most correlated with the volume of media consumption, social media usage, multi-screening behaviour, and when the individual adopted a technological lifestyle. As the use and consumption of technology increased, the ability to focus for a longer term decreased. Age was a variable heavily correlated with these metrics, however age alone cannot be tied to sustained attention. However, not all of the results were against using technology. Remarkably, early tech adopters and heavy users of social media showed an increase in the number of high attention bursts.

Selective attention was defined by one’s ability to maintaining response in the face of distracting or competing stimuli. It was found that those that spend more time multi-screening have significantly lower selective attentional scores, and those with higher scores actively chose fewer distractions. However, a participant 's ability to filter out distractions is a result of their current surroundings, and not their use of media, or device use. If consumers were over or under stimulated by an information source, multi-screeners would switch their attention to something else.

Alternating attention was defined by one’s ability to shift attention between tasks demanding different cognitive skills. From data collected, it appears that digital…
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