A study in Oklahoma found that four out of five students in Oklahoma can’t read a clock. Youngsters are now relying on smartphones and their devices to tell them the time.
Children are being handed technology earlier and earlier, and most of them can figure out how to play games on a cell phone before they can be potty trained. However, relying on on this technology is having some negative effects.
The study found that just 20 percent of students were able to tell the time from a clock face.
“‘I was super surprised,'” said Caitlin Carnes, who works for the Boys & Girls Club at Santa Fe South Elementary. ‘When I was growing up that was something that we learned. I don’t know if that makes me old or not.”
The Daily Mail reports:
And just 20 per cent of kids can tell the time from a clock face.
Experts believe that the proliferation of smartphones, iPads and other technology means children are becoming less familiar with reading an analog watch.
‘I was super surprised,’ said Caitlin Carnes, who works for the Boys & Girls Club at Santa Fe South Elementary. ‘When I was growing up that was something that we learned. I don’t know if that makes me old or not.’
‘I think the exposure to technology, everyone’s so used to seeing digital. They all have cell phones and tablets so they don’t have to look at a clock very often that’s analog.’
The Boys & Girls Club launched a special after-school program to tackle the problem and have given students a special time-teaching watch to help them learn.
It is not just this generation’s time-telling skills that are suffering.
Tech savvy kids have lost the ability to write by hand – and in September 2013, the Common Core Standards Initiative removed cursive handwriting as a compulsory skill.