They Do It All While Studying; At homework time, many students also are playing games, e-mailing friends and watching TV. Scientists say that is bad for learning.
If you think peace, quiet and uninterrupted focus are the keys to good study habits, 16-year-old Ryan Arnold may prove you wrong.
While doing his homework, the North Carolina high school junior typically does at least four other tasks as well — among them listening to music, playing a PlayStation 2 game, sending e-mail and surfing the Web.
“It drives me crazy,” his mother, Cindy Hensley, said of her son’s many activities. “I can’t do it. I say, ‘If I can’t do it, then how can you do it?’ But he’s a straight-A student, so I guess he does.”
Time was, homework meant hunkering down in the library or a quiet study carrel. Today, instead of seeking to minimize distractions while studying, a majority of children are embracing them, according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.
Among respondents who had homework, 53% of children ages 12 to 17 said they did at least one other thing while studying, compared with 25% of adults ages 18 to 24, the poll found.
The youngest poll respondents did the most juggling. Twenty-one percent of the 839 respondents ages 12 to 17 who were polled said they generally kept busy with at least three tasks in addition to their assignments.