First of all, people spend more time on technology than anything else. According to the researchers at the University of California, San Diego, "At home, people consume 12 hours of media a day on average when an hour spent with, say, the Internet and TV simultaneously counts as two hours. That compares with five hours in 1960." People would check their social media, play games and surf on the Internet many times a day. According to the article, "Attached to Technology and Paying a Price", "In 2008, people consumed three times as much information each day as they did in 1960. And they are constantly shifting their attention. Computer users at work change windows or check e-mail or other programs nearly 37 times an hour, new research shows." People spend so much time on technology that they don't do their homework and chores.
I accept your challenge to debate this issue, and I hope that we can engage in a civil discussion on this topic.
That being said, I disagree with the idea of all schools being required to participate in a "Shut Down Your Screen" week. The reason why I disagree is because when it comes to technology, the pros outweigh the cons. There are so many educational resources that are used in classrooms every day that can only be accessed with technology. By spending a week without technology, there will ultimately be less learning going on in the classroom, and the learning that does get done will be less efficient than if technology was involved.
Second of all, multitasking actually doesn't make people productive. According to the scientists, "While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows that otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information...and they experience more stress...even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist. In other words, this is also your brain off computers." The scientist tested if multitasking really don't make people productive. According to the scientists, "The test subjects were divided into two groups: those classified as heavy multitaskers based on their answers to questions about how they used technology, and those who were not...subjects at a computer were briefly shown an image of red rectangles. Then they saw a similar image and were asked whether any of the rectangles had moved. It was a simple task until the addition of a twist: blue rectangles were added, and the subjects were told to ignore them. The multitaskers then did a significantly worse job than the non-multitaskers at recognizing whether red rectangles had changed position. In other words, they had trouble filtering out the blue ones " the irrelevant information. So, too, the multitaskers took longer than non-multitaskers to switch among tasks, like differentiating vowels from consonants and than odd from even numbers. The multitaskers were shown to be less efficient at juggling problems."
Finally, people could get stressed. According to the study at the University of California, Irvine, "People interrupted by e-mail reported significantly increased stress compared with those left to focus." Stress is not good for the short-term memory. According to Gary Small, a psychiatrist at the University of California, Los Angeles, "Stress hormones have been shown to reduce short-term memory..." If you don't want to be stressed, you should shut down your screen for a week.