Meeting Report: The Impacts of Media Multitasking on Childrens Learning & Development

Media MultitaskingMedia multitasking-engaging in more than one media activity at a time — has rapidly become a way of life for American youth, and yet little is known about how this behavior affects their learning and development. To begin to address this gap in knowledge and to frame a coherent research agenda, a multidisciplinary group of scholars assembled for a one-day seminar on media mul¬≠titasking at Stanford University on July 15, 2009. This report, by journalist Claudia Wallis (regular contributor to TIME Magazine), summarizes the ideas brought to light at the seminar, including an agenda for next steps by participants and for the larger research community.