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.