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Rick Pitino: Social Media In Excess Leads to 'Distracted Generation'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 04:04 PM

Rick Pitino, the renowned head coach of the University of Louisville basketball team, believes social media is distracting young people so much they have trouble learning.

"We have had the highest grade point average in the Big East the last three years and I'm not sure that one of my players could sit there and read a chapter in my book without looking at their phone, without being distracted," Pitino told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Social media today certainly is an awesome, awesome piece of technology … But to get carried away with that so you are part of what I call the 'distracted generation,' a generation that can't have a family meal without looking at their phone."

Pitino, author of the new book "The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life," fears the technology has distracted students from developing their verbal skills.

"I don't want my players walking into human resources [for] an interview and not being able to articulate or get the message," he said.

Pitino — who led Louisville to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, and previously coached the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics — said the key to coaching is humility.

"It all begins with humility and that's not something I've carried throughout my lifetime. As a young coach I was very small on humility and very large on thinking I knew all the answers," he said.

"I was very hardworking, very passionate about it but I tuned everything else out and there's a world out there that you must recognize and give credit to.

"Now I'm very cognizant of making sure I give the proper credit to the coach and the team that just beat us — gracious in defeat."

"The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life," is co-written by Eric Crawford and published by St. Martin's Press.

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