Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds
The Kaiser Family Foundation's new report, Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds looks like the kind of research that I'd like to read to get better insight into the effects of multimedia on the next generation of students. Since I don't have the time at the moment, I'll have to be satisfied with these interesting notes from the report courtesy of Eide Neurolearning Blog:
Heavy video game use does not mean less reading - in fact heavy game players seemed to read more and spend more time with their parents (see full report for details of this)- but there seem to be some mixed results. Children with the poorest grades, had the lowest times spent reading (no surprise), but also spent more time each day playing video games.
Meanwhile, CBS News coverage provides a different look at the report, including a concern about multitasking:
What effect so-called "media multitasking" has on the often fragile ability of kids to focus is unclear because detailed research is quite new, said Vicky Rideout, the foundation vice president who directed the study.