Technology and Teens

Claudia Kinser – Sophomore – March 16, 2017

When was the last time you searched something online? If you’re like me, it probably was less than 24 hours ago. But does this mean that teens are dependent on technology? Does it mean that we are less intelligent? My opinion is that this is far from true. Technology has made me more educated. All I have to do is click on my screen to find out the answer to any question that may pop into my head. As for our dependence on technology, I would agree. Our first resource is Google, Bing, or Yahoo. They can answer any of our questions from why the sky is blue (molecules in the air reflect blue light from the sun-University of California) to why we yawn (yawning increases blood flow to the face, mouth, and neck-WebMD). These tidbits of information add up over time to increase our intelligence and our dependence.

Communication through technology is a benefit. Between social media, phone calls, text messaging, and other messaging apps, communication is easier than ever. This can be a benefit, but also a major distraction. It is such a distraction that in my english class, we are required to put our phones up, but some students still don’t, texting throughout class.

However, selfies inculcate in teens the desire to see themselves in a different light. It makes them put “me” before anyone else. They take multiple pictures of themselves in different places everyday, both with and without the latest Snapchat filter. This seemingly insignificant quality of selfishness can shape the way teens act in the future, becoming selfish adults. (Huffington Post)

Overall, I think technology can be a great benefit to teenagers, as long as they are smart enough to use it properly, and use common sense to set personal boundaries.

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