There is a contagion sweeping the land, sucking the brain cells of the youth and numbing them to such a degree that it induces personality change and impaired attention span among other symptoms. I`m referring to Gadget Addiction and the Digital Dementia which results from it.
Symptoms of Gadget Addiction
- Lack of concentration, attention or focus
- Memory problems and problems in decision-making
- Headache, eye problems and backache
- Problems in fertility due to over-exposure to the radiation or EMF (Electro magnetic field) of the gadget
- Stress, anxiety and communication disorders
- Other hazardous physical and psychological ailments
The worst ailment that has cropped up in the past few months is “Digital Dementia”. It is a common memory disorder that has developed due to over-use of gadgets. It targets the brain chemistry and cells, causing dementia. http://www.online-therapy.com/blog/gadget-addiction-smartphone-tablet/
This is worrying on many levels and needs to addressed globally as a matter of urgency, but in the context of this post, I`m going to address the future of Training design in the light of these developments. Even though the actual figures can vary a bit, it is generally accepted that 65% of people are Visual Learners, 30% of people are Auditory Learners and the remaining 5% are Kinesthetic Learners . Now, these figures refer to a generation not addicted to Gadgets, and who did not get all of their information and entertainment through a 5 inch screen (Phone) or a 7-10 inch screen as in the case of a Tablet. This begs the question, what percentage of the current younger generation are Visual Learners? I would suggest that because of Gadget Addiction, where everything is reduced to “Visual Bites” for ease of assimilation, this figure might be as high as 90%. Research in this area is only beginning and I may be vindicated when it happens.
Therfore , starting now, Training methods will have to be re examined to present information in the same format as the addicts are comfortable with. I have been in Training Rooms with young people who just cannot keep off their phones and concentrate on what is going on.They are not even listening , they are Texting and Facebooking and are in a different world completely. Their brains are more tuned in to whats showing on a small screen rather than a large presentation on a wall. Current Training methods are not even maintaining their attention, let alone imparting knowledge. The future does not look good I`m afraid, until we look at Training Delivery methods in a completely new light.