them," said Rosen.
Rosen said this behavior can be explained by the human desire for connection -- but that "we, adults, grew up thinking connection was face to face, or at worst, on the phone."
He cited a study that asked young people about their preferred way to connect with friends. In order, they said: 1) texting, 2) social media, 3) instant messaging, 4) telephone, and 5) face to face. Rosen noted that the only one that requires monotasking is face to face.
"These younger generations do not like to unitask," Rosen said.
Jaeyln Singleton, 14, a sophomore at McClatchy, agreed. "Things just go a lot easier for me when I'm doing more than one thing at once," she said.
Another McClatchy student, Jesse Baugh, 16, said he gets annoyed when people call as opposed to text.
"Right now if I got a phone call, I don't know if it's an emergency -- at least send a text message before calling," said Baugh, who prefers texts because he can check them while doing other things.
MTV Insights, the subdivision of MTV that headed the study, was unable to comment. Jason Rzepka, a media representative for MTV, said the actual study was proprietary information and would not be released to the public.
Rosen urged educators and parents to help young people wean themselves off the need to check technology as often -- to maintain productivity and creativity and to keep anxiety levels low.
He suggested that teachers give a one-minute tech break at the beginning of class and after every subsequent 15-minute block, eventually increasing to 20 minutes, then 30, and finally moving to two minutes at the middle and end of class.
Otherwise, students will think about nothing else except their phones. Rosen explained, "You can't be nervous and learn."
"It's not our fault. I think technology has finally figured out how to really trigger interest in our brain," said Rosen. "It attacks all of our senses. God help us when they start having smells come out of our computer."
Rosen, an avid technology user, said he was pleased to discover MTV's finding that young millennials are slimming down social networks and valuing privacy.
Rosen's 23-year-old daughter recently showed him how she used the increasingly popular -- and controversial -- Snapchat app.
Rosen said Snapchat is not at all for sexting, as many parents fear. "I think it's just a smart way to connect," he said. "This younger generation is very concerned about privacy. We have to give them credit for being smarter."
Johnson, the McClatchy High student, said the honesty of Snapchat messages is what makes the app popular. "It's almost real time," said Johnson. "You can send really ugly pictures of yourself and then they disappear," she said.
Snapchat also forces Johnson to be creative. "You only have so much space to write," she said, "so you have to think of something to make them laugh."
Regarding the popularity of Snapchat and more private social media, Rosen said, "Nobody has studied this yet, because it's so new. But there is somewhat of a revelation that there are other ways to connect -- and also maintain control."
Guide to social media
Vine -- Create six-second looping videos and share them with the world. There are currently no privacy settings available. Compared to Instagram video, "it's just more fun," said Natalee Gallagher, 14.
Snapchat -- Take a picture or a 10-second video, send it to one or several friends who must be individually selected, and after one to 10 seconds of viewing, it disappears. Users can add a caption or draw on the picture with a Microsoft Paint-like tool. Popular for sending "ugly selfies."
Instagram -- Take a picture or 15-second video, apply one of several vintage-looking filters -- which usually remedies poor photographic ability or picture quality -- and share privately with friends or with the world.
Twitter -- Users post messages of up to 160 characters that are saved on a feed. Public feeds are searchable by anyone using Twitter, but feeds can be made private.
Facebook -- The most visited social networking website in the world, where users can share pictures, links and play games with their friends. Not popular with young teens, according to Kennedy Arreguin, 13, who said, "Everyone's parents got Facebook. ..." "So then it's like, we don't want to use that anymore," continued her friend Natalee Gallagher.
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