Ana Homayoun, who runs Green Ivy Consulting in Los Altos, wrote a book about teens’ use of social media. Megan V. Winslow/ Town crier
Fifteen years ago, the teens who came into Ana Homayoun’s Green Ivy Consulting for tutoring reported that their primary distractions were parts of life that now seem simple relics of the good old days: their dogs; their next meal; their chattering siblings.
In the past decade, the distraction landscape transformed completely, as the rise of social media not only offered teens the entertainment of an endlessly scrolling Instagram feed, but tied their distractions closely to the tools students need in their academic lives. With more and more schools requiring a laptop or iPad for every student, going offline to stay focused simply isn’t an option, according to Homayoun.