I had a nephew, who at a young age, could give out phenomenal stats on cricket. He would rattle cricket facts off at a fast clip, and required little encouragement from us. It was his immense interest in a sport that got him to go and acquire all that knowledge. When he was doing his act, he was in his zone.
There is an interesting pattern. I have found similar knowledge about video games, mobile games, music, spelling, science facts and trivia in kids. How do they get so much knowledge while getting them to study their subjects, is such a challenge?
We pick things that interest us and go into a deep dive. We work hard without even realizing that we do. That is why we find college students who are great hackers but get poor grades. It is nothing to do with their intelligence or abilities. It has to do with their interest and where they like to spend their time. I think it is a good thing.
We spent some time with 5th and 7th graders and we found them to be gadget lovers. In our sessions when any one pulled out a smart phone, the kids were all over them. They pick it up from you, figure out how to use the camera, find games in a jiffy. I even had 5 year old changing the wall paper on my mobile and a 12 year old trying to record an interview using the microphone. I have heard stories from a friend whose 3 year old was willing to swap dad’s big phone for his small phone (ipad for iphone).
This gadget love, seems to be a universal phenomenon. Here is an infographic on how kids go ga-ga over tablets. Why am I not surprised?