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Even though technology and social media can enhance learning, they are decreasing productivity of students who are are constantly distracted by what is happening in the digital world. Since many schools and teens have started to use more technology, there have been challenges that see how long teens can go without using technology. The fact that these are challenges shows how much teens rely on technology. Convent and Stuart Hall Catholic Schools in San Francisco, California created a challenge for their students. They wanted to see how many students could not use technology for three days.
At first many students were worried, and some felt anxious about not being able to check their phones. After a while, some students felt good about not having to check their phones. They had a sense of freedom because they were not being pinned down by the constant notifications from social media on their phones. Eli Horowitz is a student at Stuart Hall and said that not using technology “made [him] way more creative with [his] time and it gave [him] a sense of relief.” These constant notifications are distracting teens from enjoying life and being productive. Students said that they usually spend five hours of working on homework a night, but when they were not being distracted by their phones, they were able to finish their assignments in less than two hours (MindShift). Technology and social media are distracting students from being productive because they feel the need to check their phones, and they get distracted easily which can make them work longer.
While technology and social media can be used to organize events, it ruins face to face interactions and real relationships, but this overuse of technology can be caused by parents (Los Angeles Times). One of the uses of technology and social media is to connect people. They help with organizing events and connecting people with others who live far away and can not meet up in person. However, people who have the ability to communicate face to face do not choose to do so. While it may help shy people communicate because they feel protected behind a screen, communicating online does not help them develop skills needed to communicate in real life. Katrina Schwartz says that "technology has the odd distinction of both connecting people in unprecedented ways at the same time that it isolates them.”
There has been an increase of teens using technology because of restrictions set up by their parents. They are not able to leave the house on their own and go meet a friend like it was thirty years ago. Today parents are their children's personal chauffeur that keeps them busy with activities. Since teens are not able to meet up face to face because they are so busy, they turn to technology to communicate. Parents are worried about the actions that they make on and offline. They are being taught to be very careful with all of their decisions, but they are not being taught how to take risks and try new things. danah boyd believes that “as a society, we both fear teenagers and fear for them.” Parents are putting up restrictions for teens, but they are also being told what to do, so they are not learning how to deal with mistakes when they grow up. Parents are contributing to the overuse of technology because of the restrictions they put up and the lack of teaching teens how to take risks. This overuse of social media can lead to isolation rather than more communication.
There are benefits to technology, and some people that disagree with my argument might say that it enhances learning and writing. Andrew Simmons is a teacher that believes that technology and social media have improved his students’ writing. While technology does not support correct sentence and paragraph structure, he believes that it opens up students to their emotions. Throughout the years, there has been a stereotype that in order to be a man, boys must not show emotions. Boys try hard to not be emotional in public because they are afraid of what others will think of them. However, with the use of technology and social media, boys are able to open up and share their emotions. This helps students find their emotional side which can greatly enhance their writing.
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Technology enhances learning and makes living easier, but it can be distracting, and overuse ruins real interactions and healthy lifestyles, so there needs to be a balance between digital life and real life. Technology is ruining the productivity of teens because they are constantly getting distracted by social media on their phones, so they take more time on their homework. After not using technology for a couple days, teens expressed signs of freedom and creativity because they had more time to enjoy life. Parents also contribute to the overuse of technology and social media because of the restrictions that have been put in place, and teens are not being taught how to take risks. The overuse of technology can lead to less face to face interaction and more online interaction, so technology is ruining real relationships. Even though social media can open up the emotional side of a student in order to benefit their writing, they are not being taught how to properly form sentences because social media does not promote it. If they know what they want to say, they need to have the tools that help them to say it, and poor grammar can harm someone’s chances of getting hired.
Overall, distractions caused by technology are disrupting the productivity of the next generation, so there should be a balance in order to increase productivity and promote a healthy lifestyle that includes working together as a community. All you need to do is take a break from the digital world and interact with the real world.
Reflection and Conclusion
There should be a balance between digital life and real life because it ruins real interactions, healthy lifestyles, and the productivity of the next generation. Digital Citizenship is a class that teaches people ways to use technology in a productive and healthy way. This topic is one that people should be aware of because many people do not think about how much time they spend using technology. I really appreciate the comments that I received because they were very insightful. They gave me their thoughts and perspectives and opened me up to ideas that I have never considered before. The commenters seemed to agree with my argument that people spend too much time online and need to balance digital and real life. Rather than changing my opinion on the topic, the comments that I received gave me new information that I had not considered before. I was able to research new topics and expand on my original research. The comments also showed me the opinions that other people have on this topic. I am glad that people are able to recognize that there needs to be a balance because it is hard to notice this while using technology. Writing this blog was an eye-opening experience for me because it made me question the way I live my life and how technology is changing how people live and interact. When I had to think of a topic, this stood out to me because I can have a hard time balancing my digital life and real life. Sometimes I get distracted by social media and technology that I forget to stop, live in the moment, and appreciate what I have while I have it. This issue also affects many people today. In the past, I have tried to get people to stop using technology as much if I notice they are constantly using it because I do not want them to ignore the real interactions that are happening in front of them. By writing this blog, I was able to support the reasons why one should balance their digital life and real life, and writing a blog makes a bigger impact. It shows that I am passionate about this topic and put the time into it to spread awareness. This topic is very relevant to my generation. We have grown up with technology, and our lifestyles have been changing with the growth of technology. As I notice people my age ignoring others because they are busy looking at their phones, I realize that we could end up becoming isolated. In the future, we would communicate through technology, but we would lose face to face contact. I also tend to see many people my age who talk to others and use their phones at the same time. While they are interacting in real life, they are not focusing on each other. I am guilty of acting the same way, but I have been able to recognize the problem and have been trying to stop it. We need to teach my generation how to balance their digital and real life because if we wait too long, we could end up being less connected than we were when the concept of social media was introduced. This blog is very important to me because I noticed that I have become more isolated as I have used more technology, and I want to stop before it becomes a bigger problem.