Friday, November 24, 2006

Returning Civility to the Classroom

"During lectures, they answer their cell phones, text message their friends and play games on their laptop computers.

Are college students really that rude?

Yes, says Delaney Kirk, a professor of management at Drake University in Des Moines.

But, she adds, it's not their fault.

"It's the same behavior we're seeing in the rest of society," Kirk says. "There's a general lack of social skills."



A lack of social skills. I guess that is expected when socializing with others is slowly diminishing in the society. A few examples: MP3 players, Cell Phones, Digital TV, Internet. None of these are bad things when used properly, but when students have withdrawal symptoms from their cellphones after a couple of hours, that is a problem. It is called addiction. Don't believe me? Walk on to any college campus and watch as any class empties. You will see students go right for their cell phone and MP3 player because they can't deal with themselves for the 3 minute walk to their next class. In other words students now socialize on a very limited bases in a very limited way. I don't see my neighbor face-to-face.

4 comments:

Dr. Delaney Kirk said...

This is so true. However, I have to admit that I check my email first thing in the morning (even before that first cup of java) and last thing at night. We've become addicted to our tech devices.

Paul Cat said...

I would be hard pressed to call someone an addict by the mere fact that he or she checks their email first thing in the morning. There are many people who do such a thing: I am one. The issue revolves around proper use verses improper abuse. I doubt that you have ever had withdrawal symptoms for not checking your email first thing in the morning: I know I haven't. Dependent upon or tech devices, yes. Addicted: well, many are becoming.

Dr. Delaney Kirk said...

I was out of town for two days teaching a workshop and did not have access to email and first thing I did when I got home (1:00am this morning) was to check my email...are you sure that's not a touch addicted behavior? I guess there are worse vices...

Paul Cat said...

I still hesitate in calling that addiction. If it was causes a person to lose sleep, have anxiety, depression, or any number of physiological responses to not having email for 2 days then yes. Besides, I doubt checking your email at 1 am is going to hinder your work and family life. Could it be more habitual than anything else?

But yes, there are worse vices...

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