Internet isn’t rotting kids’ brains
He sees no evidence that tech-loving young people can’t sustain their attention. Their apparent distractibility is an unwillingness to tolerate boredom.
“It’s an expectation that I should always have something interesting to listen to, watch, or read, and that creating an interesting experience should require little effort,” Willingham writes. “The mind-boggling availability of experiences afforded by digital technologies means there is always something right at hand that one might do. Unless we’re really engrossed, we have the continuous, nagging suspicion: There’s a better way to spend my time than this.”
A “very low threshold for boredom” can be addressed by changing beliefs about what’s “worthy of sustained attention,” he writes. “It’s not due to long-term changes in the brain that represent a fundamental (and unwanted) overhaul in how attention operates.”