Most of the parents despair over their teenagers’ lack of concentration in their studies. They complain that their wards are not able to concentrate in the class, that they find it hard to sit still long enough to finish their home works, that they are unable to plan ahead, etc.
Are the children lazy?
Lack of concentration does not mean that their children are dull or lazy. It does not stamp them that they are careless. It is just a declaration that their teenage children are just hapless victims of neurobiology.
Seven reasons for lack of concentration in teenage
1) Growing brain of the teens is yet to be organized
Researches say that though teenagers have the physical appearance of young adults, their brains more similar to those of younger children, meaning they are more disorganized and susceptible to distraction than older people.
2) Brain develops slower than the other body parts
Though adolescents look like adults in their teenage, their brain structure resembles that of much younger children. The Journal of Neuroscience says that the brain does not become fully developed until the late twenties or early thirties.
3) MRI scans state the distracted condition of the brain
MRI test results prove that the brain changes during puberty and this change can leave many teens with a temporary impaired learning ability. Dr Iroise Dumontheil, one of the joint authors of the research, from University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, says, “It is not always easy for adolescents to pay attention in class without letting their minds wander, or to ignore distractions from their younger sibling when trying to solve a mathematic problem.”
4) Prefrontal cortex inefficient in the teenage level
Scientists have found out that high amount of activity in the prefrontal cortex, an area at the front of the brain which is used for making decisions and multitasking, shows that the brain was operating less efficiently than that of an adult. The unexpected level of activity prefrontal cortex of teenagers functions in a chaotic way which continues until the late 20s or early 30s.
5) Changes of growth affect their concentration
Teenage is the time of changes in physical, mental and spiritual levels. These changes can affect their learning ability. Children who show good academic results in primary school find it difficult in high school due to this lack of concentration.
6) Emotional changes and concentration
The MRI studies show that the changes in the developing brain explain why teenagers have emotional outbursts, reckless attitudes, and an ardent pursuit of sex, drugs and nocturnal places to party until daylight.
7) Poor learners become weaker in concentration
Though this concentration problem may not affect the gifted learners much, average and poor learners will experience more difficulty in concentrating. These teenagers who suffer with poor school results need support from the teachers and parents. If they perceive these teenagers as lazy, selfish and inconsiderate, they may need to re-evaluate the situation and encourage their children positively.