I have a confession: I am writing this essay while attending a presentation. Normally, I give a speaker my full attention, but there are many people here, so it is easy to miss that I am doing something other than listening. Besides, I am still paying attention (for the most part). The speaker is giving us an update on our university’s shuttle schedule.
As I write this, I think of students in my classes who are obviously on their computers doing something other than, or in addition to, listening to me. Should I be offended? Should I do something to discourage such activity? I have decided, at least for now, to do nothing.