Millennials say they learn more from technology than people

Young people report that technology has a bigger influence on their learning and development than social relationships do, writes Rhea Kelly for Campus Technology.

That finding is the result of a survey by nonprofit Growing Leaders. The organization's researchers asked 2,264 adults between 18 and 34 years old about the role technology has had in shaping their adult life, especially related to learning.

The survey concluded that 70% of millennials say they learn more information from technology than they do from people. This is a major contrast from previous generations: only about half of adults over age 45 said the same.

"What this survey tells us is we, as a society, have progressed into a new reality," says Tim Elmore, president and founder of Growing Leaders. He argues that, because young people today tend to "learn from a screen," the proper role of their parents and mentors is now to help them interpret the information they're learning (Kelly, Campus Technology, 8/2; Growing Leaders release, 8/2). 

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