A student figures if they can get more or less the same grade paying attention in class as they would if they were also paying attention to setting up a meeting, chatting with a friend about the homework for another class and connecting with people on a website like Imgur – fulfilling social needs that they have more difficulty fulfilling because they already have so much to do – then what’s the point of solely paying attention in class?...A suggestion for the author of this column: Stick with your idea that people do what benefits them most. Now, explain the professors' behavior. Why do you think "something is seriously wrong" with what the professors are doing if they are doing what benefits them most? You said students were "not to blame," which means you don't think they are doing anything wrong, but your standard of right and wrong hangs on doing what comes naturally out of self interest. It's automatically already decided then, that the professors are also not to blame.
... I made a new friend last week because I saw she was viewing images on Imgur at CoffeeBytes. We talked and found out we are also in the same class together and majoring in journalism. Connection!
This same connection needs to be sought after by the professors who are lecturing. Learning is meant to be an activity. It’s meant to be created through interaction. It’s meant to be engaging....
Now, students naturally act on what benefits them most. If students are paying less attention to their professors and more attention to interacting with others online, then don’t you think something is seriously wrong with the way professors teach, and not the student?
Now, if you think I'm wrong, explain why I am wrong, and if you need to contradict any of your existing points, retract them explicitly.
There. Is that engaging?