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Students are taking notes on a laptop instead of in their notebooks.
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Students are taking notes on a laptop instead of in their notebooks. Photo provided by http://articalguides.com/what-international-test-scores-reveal-about-american-education/

Students are taking notes on a laptop instead of in their notebooks. Photo provided by http://articalguides.com/what-international-test-scores-reveal-about-american-education/

Students are taking notes on a laptop instead of in their notebooks. Photo provided by http://articalguides.com/what-international-test-scores-reveal-about-american-education/

Karolina Kraj

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   According to a recent study by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda, children and teens spend 75 percent of their waking lives with their eyes fixed on a screen.*

With all of the technological advances that we are fortunate to experience, not all of it is good for us. Most teens are addicted to their phones and start to experience anxiety and feel lonely once they are disconnected from it. These teens are not learning how to communicate without the use of technology.

Ten years ago, children were able to go outside and experience nature. Now, most kids stay home and are handed a tablet by their parents as a way to keep themselves quiet. Being outside helped those kids be active and nowadays kids just let time pass by while they are busy staring into a screen. Claudia Malicki (Div. 029) says, “I don’t think kids should have technology from a very young age because their brain is still developing and they need to learn how to do things themselves.”

Along with negative influences for kids, technology also ruins the minds of high school students. Spending hours a day on social media, teenage girls lose self confidence in themselves as they look up to famous celebrities who had surgical procedure done to look better.

Wiktoria Kusek (Div. 033) says, “Social media decreases my self confidence greatly. I see these perfect girls with their perfect hair and their perfect bodies and it makes me wish I was them. It makes me wish I was perfect.”

Along with Kusek, Malicki says, “When looking on instagram or snapchat, I see how other people and celebrities live their lives and that makes me want to be like them. It makes me feel bad when I see models with perfect bodies or rich people making me want to be them.” Kusek and Malicki are only a few of many girls who are influenced by the harsh reality of social media.

With many negatives, there is also positive purposes to social media. Many have family who live hours away in different states or even across the country. With various apps, we are able to call them, share posts, or text to keep in contact.

     Kusek has most of her family in Poland which makes it hard for her to see them. Skype or Facetime is very helpful when trying to have a face to face conversation with those you love and have not seen in years. She says, “Social media makes me feel more connected because I am able to see what my relatives in Poland are doing and how they are doing.”

Technology has a common use in school. Most schools are replacing book with iPads because it is easier for students. Malicki says, “I think technology helps people learn to a certain point. Using technology has many positive outcome because you have resources but there are also negative outcomes such as ruining your eyes by using your phone too much or finding different websites with fake information that doesn’t help you learn.”

Today, many students prefer texting over calling because it is fast and simple. Kusek says, “I think it is easier to text because I can respond at my own leisure. When I am not in class and need something from my mom, I can just text her and not worry about finding a quiet place to call her.”

With the many advantages of technology, it should still be limited because it makes people depend on it. Teenagers are spending less time on physical conversations and more on a digital text. Human interaction is important because it awakens emotions and improves and a person’s personality.

Sources:  *https://universe.byu.edu/2014/08/22/technology-is-it-making-kids-anti-social/

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