A few days ago, I was sitting in lecture, listening to my adorable Hungarian professor talk about “capitaleezmuh” and “Adam Smits.” The vast majority of the class, about 150 students, had their laptops out to take notes…or do some other stuff. The kid to the right of me was Facebook chatting with his ex-girlfriend (from what I gathered), and the kid to the left of me was watching the US Open live. What’s up with that? I know the computer has made note-taking a lot easier and faster, but it’s definitely adding to my generation’s inability to focus on pretty much anything. Can’t we just sit and learn, or do we have to be checking out the dining halls menu, shopping online, and browsing celebrity blogs at the same time? Most of us are only in class for about 2 hours a day. And those two hours probably cost a couple hundred dollars. I know my parents wouldn’t want me buying a cardigan while I should be trying to understand Marx’s theory of labor.
Dad, you’re a professor. I hate to burst your figurative bubble, but I hope you know that when students have their laptops out, they aren’t just taking notes.