Through various alternative delivery methods, such as the Internet, learners have the ability to access information far beyond the traditional textbook. Throughout the 20th century, changes in technology have had social and economic results. Like any other instructional tool, technology can serve to disseminate poor educational practice or it can become a means for transformative learning. Further, it can enhance adult learning because it has the potential to increase flexibility, provide access to knowledge, facilitate discussion among learners who are not able to meet face to face, reduce feelings of remoteness often experienced by nontraditional learners, support and promote constructivist and collaborate learning, and increase learner independence. However, in spite of all of these advantages…can technology develop a disorder in adult learning? This is a question I have found myself pondering over for the last several months. I began to wonder if too much technology has maybe created a disorder within me that I never saw coming. I remember there was a time in my life where I wasn’t so overwhelmed or bombarded with information. Nowadays, from the moment I turn on my computer and check my email I find myself reviewing newfound information from entertainment, local news, Facebook, Twitter and forgetting my first purpose which was to check my email account. Additionally, If by chance I may sit in silence for any moment I find myself surfing the web on my laptop or my android once again looking for information that is more important than my “to do” list.
I believe everything is about right now. Our lifestyles are constantly changing and moving faster than the speed of light. From the moment I may post something on twitter…five seconds later I suddenly have new tweets from those who I am following barraging me with new information. So, exactly what is ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) you might ask? Well, Pary, Lewis, Matuschka…at el (2002), asserts, “ADHD/ADD once thought to occur only in children, is now recognized as continuing into adulthood in many people. Attention deficit disorders are developmental syndromes of behavior and cognition characterized by inattentiveness, distractibility, and impulsivity (p. 105).”
So, next time you are sitting at a computer or thumbing through articles on your IPhone or android suddenly ask yourself rather technology has created or enhance a learning disorder in you?
Just something for you to think about!!!
Pary, R., Lewis, S., Matuschka, P.R., Pharm, D., Rudzinsky, P., Safi, M., & Lippman, S. (2002). Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 14(2), 105-106.