We are reminded of the early, heady, days of the internet when
university campuses were just beginning to provide WiFi access to the
school network instead of requiring a tethered Ethernet cable. Students,
of course, abused the new wireless freedom by bringing their laptops to
class and surfing the internet when they should’ve been taking notes.
Attention spans are in a growing deficit. That means we listen to each other less. We read less. We pay less attention in social learning circles like schools, business meetings and church sermons.