Electronic devices are a distraction

by Shouggie on February 27, 2013 - 11:08pm

On Thursday November the 8th 2012 an article named ‘’Generation Text’’ was published in the CTV Montreal News. The article points out that today’s teenagers are becoming more and more depending on technology such as cell phones. They always have their cell phones in their hands at all time. Making it become an addiction, teenagers text while they’re eating, while going somewhere, even while they’re in class and now teens are starting to learn how to text without even looking at their phones! Unfortunately, their minds are always somewhere else. Whether it’s because they just received a text or a call or because they feel the urge to constantly have to check their phones for new notifications, teens are often mentally absent. Kerry Sauriol also wrote an article on CBC Parents about technology affecting her kids. The article named ‘’Level Up? Parents vs. Video Games’’ published on January 21sst 2013 describes how much electronic devices are taking too much space in a 21stCentury family.  

 

The priorities of teens are unbelievable. For example, they put their ‘video game time’ before everything else. Kids these days find that homework time, or any other important task, isn’t as important as their electronic toys. This does not only happen with video games, any electronic device is seen as a distraction for youngsters. They don’t pay real attention to something until their electronic devices are taken away from them.  This kind of behaviour often leads to big problems when it comes to concentration. Professionals believe that it can also hurt their social skills, such as having a full normal conversation with another person, show some respect to the others when they are talking and creating a sort of bubble around themselves, therefore making them more and more asocial.

 

The academic discipline I would like to really focus on is the Social Sciences. This field of discipline can be very useful when it comes to human behaviours in society. It includes many fields such as archaeology, anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology and political science. Due to many studies done throughout the years, social science enables professionals to understand how a harmful behaviour, or any other behaviour, is created because of the over use of electronic devices in a teen’s life in this case. The academic journal I found very interesting that I can link to my news post gives me proof from a study made in the journal that technology plays a very important part in our lives to a point where it can become upsetting.

 

 The academic journal on the Research Center For Educational Technology website ‘’Text Messaging and Teenagers: A Review of the Literature’’ written Suzanne Porath in Fall 2011 states that most teenagers inAmericaare almost inseparable from their electronic devices. It explains that teachers and most parents don’t understand why teens are so addicted and why it has such a huge effect on their lives. It also illustrates how teenagers, preferring it over sending emails or face to face, consider text messaging as their primary choice of communication between each other. In my opinion, parents and teenagers really should be more aware of what those different devices are causing in our lives and around us. They may seem innocent and harmless, but overusing anything could turn out to be dangerous. Priorities should be made and respected to be able to keep a balance between the advances in technology that take our minds off of things and our daily responsibilities. 

Comments

i agree with your opinion and i find that technology can be both very helpful but very distrating. check out this article i found on the NY times website.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/technology/21brain.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

This topic is a relevant topic to consider. it's sad to see how parents have no control over their child's live. I believe parents are the one's to blame, after all they are the one's permitting the cell phone when they could simply refuse. The parents should more responsible and aware of what their children are doing. They must be aware of who their child is texting with. What I'm trying to say is that the child not be on it's own all the time with a cell phone

I think that cell phones are a huge part of most teenagers’ life and I admit that it is a bit compulsive. I would be tempted to compare text messages to facebook and other social networks. Teenagers and adults seem to have the need to expose their lives and always be in touch with each other.  I believe that letting someone acting freely behind a screen allows people to create identities that they would not have dared having  in real life. I think it shows the superficial character of the society we’ve become, where having a high number of likes on a picture is more important than the number of real friends we have.

I completely disagree with that article. Yes it is true that today’s teenagers are addicted to their phone, but this text generalizes a lot and makes the situation look way worst then it really is.

Is it every teen that “put their video games time before everything else”? Fortunately for our country this is not true.

Your article claims that using electronic toys often leads to big problems when it comes to concentration, when this is totally false. Studies show that players can “make a decision more quickly than a non-gamer” (http://www.gizmag.com/video-games-increase-decision-making-abilities/16397/) and that it improves several other things. Video games are good and challenging for the mind.

Your article also forgets to say the advantages of having access to technologies such a cellphones in the everyday life.

-Arnaud

Yes, it is true that teenagers are addicted to technology because it affects the teen's life from reality and make them rely on technology more. For instance, in class during a math test modern teens are allowed to use their calculators to do basic math rather than back in the days teens had to memorize the tables by heart. Teenagers have become dependent on technology that it has become a daily use in their live, they arent able to function without it. However there are good sides to technology as well because it is an efficient and fast way for them. Parents should be more aware and monitor their activities and of course the amount of use teens have with technology. 

I agree that limitations should be made when using technology, however, technology has allowed us to be able to communicate and share stories, news events, articles, like this one. There is always a danger when using things too much, not only technology, I believe if parents aren't able to control their teenagers use of technology than it cannot be merely the adolescent's fault. As their parents, they should be able to teach their children the good and bad of technology, how to properly use it, and when to use it. As well, technology as been shown to help people become more social. People are more likely to voice their opinions online, they are able to find sites that interest them and find others like them. This article http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-technology-makes-us-bet... that was shared by http://www.americanscientist.org/science/pub/how-technology-makes-us-bet... illustrates the positive impacts of technology. Teenagers might be seen as "generation text" but can that be seen as only a bad thing? Everything should have limits, and of course, things should be used in moderation; but the moderation can be extremely positive. Though, the sources used your article are quite reliable as they are trusted by most like CTV news and have reporters, editors, etc. working for them and the academic journal is credited, there is always two sides to consider and whether the pros outweigh the cons.