Facebook is addictive… so what?
One of the issues that comes up when I talk to academics who are my father’s generation is “We didn’t have this when I was at uni”.
To which I reply: FACEBOOK.
My colleague sent this article to me on how Facebook is altering your mind.
And it’s not only Facebook, as you know. The internet is a BIG BIG BIG distraction. While leaders have told me that they use Youtube for study purposes (there are actually a lot of good lectures out there), it’s easy to see how “studying” could turn into “time-wasting”.
That’s an advantage to a structured study group – it gets the students off the internet and away from those distractions.
(PS there are lots of other reasons we need peer learning, including recognising that my father’s generation only had the “elite” go to university, but that’s not the point of this post.)