Cindy passed around a recent study conducted by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA). They asked 200 students at the University of Maryland to go without any technology for 24 hours. No cell phones, computers, television, iPod, and even radio or newspapers. The study reports some very interesting comments from students, many focusing on the feeling of isolation, both from friends and also from sources of information related to news or current events.
The question we are exploring deals with students as employees. On one hand, some worry that this attachment to technology might hinder attention spans, multi-tasking and productivity. On the other hand, the companies that successfully integrate both the technologies and the habits of those that use them into organizational workflows will be at a huge advantage and discover new efficiencies. What do you think about the level of reliance on technology we see in today’s student, and how will that transfer to a new employee?