“Technology” was derived from the Greek word”technologia” which means “craft”. Most parents always protest or cavil thattheir teenagers are too dependent and attached to technology. As a teenager itis not easy to live in a world without devices. Should they really worry aboutthis? In what ways has technology affected teenagers both positively andnegatively? Technologymight not have a negative effect on teenagers if it is used wisely and done inmoderation. When we talk about technology, we talk about not just phones but laptops,cars, television, vape, etc. Without technology we would still be living in ourcave men years or basically darkness.
That means NO cars, NO phones, NO laptopsand a less developed life and we all know how us human beings can be,specifically referring to teenagers: the lazy, wreckless bunch out of the wholehuman species. But technology has a great role in helping teenagers. Believe itor not , not all the effects are harmful towards a human beings well being andthere is certified proof. A survey was carried out with teenage girls inGreensprings school Lekki Lagos, Block k middle floor, girls hostel. The surveywas based on the ways technology has affected them.
The girls said things like withouttechnology there would be miscommunication and anti- sociality, it helps youdiscover new things, it saves time and effort and in some way it saves money.70% of the girls said that it helped them while 30% admitted that technologyhas a negative impact towards them. Most of the positive impacts written downby the girls who took the survey were things like information tracker, easycommunication, homework done quickly while others just plainly wrote easy lifewith a broad range. Notonly entertainment wise, it is used for many purposes and has many more meritslike medical purposes. Technology saves people’s lives. How? You may ask. Well,BP readers, thermometers, heart deliberators, scales and so on and so forth,helps keep you hale and hearty. Vapeis a similar device to electronic cigarettes in which vapour is inhaled orexhaled.
Some Vapes are nicotine free and aren’t as harmful as cigarettes. Thiscan be used as replacements to reduce the risk of cancer and other ruinous diseasesthan cigarettes administer. It can evenbe used to stop an addiction. Apopular one is news as in noteworthy information about recent events.
Thisleaves individuals aware of what is going on worldwide and even nationwide.This can save the lives of not only just teenagers or youth, but the wholemankind. For example, a deadly hurricane is approaching South Africa Cape Townso if this is broadcasted on the news, people would prepare but withouttechnology, this cannot be done so lives would be at risk or even lost. Another popularone all teenagers obviously know is school. “UGH school!” we would say, but alot of technology is needed in school like the computers and printers in theICT rooms, the IP boards and even the hand dryers in the bathrooms. It is alltechnology! But too much technology in school is not a good thing. For example,the library will be deserted because people would rely more on the computers inthe ICT room rather than researching using an information filled books. Thoughthere are a number of positive effects, the negative effects overpower them.
Technologyaffects teenagers all over the world in so many different ways. Let us take alook at America for example, some teenagers that live there are exposed to hightech machinery’s because The United States of America is a well developedcountry technology wise. In fact about 88% of teens in America possess smartphones or cell phones and 90% of them have conversations with other people ontheir phones.
This includes snapchat, instagram, kik, twitter and so on. Thiscan be very dangerous because you may never know who you are talking to andsome teenagers tend to forget what reality really is because they waste theirtime attached to their phone and this isn’t a good way of living. Besides usingtechnology to talk to people, some teenagers tend to use technology to watchinappropriate videos or movies or go to porn sites. Some even use technology towatch videos that encourage violence which can increase the crime rate inAmerica.
Another country that is well technologically developed is South Korea.They even posses more highly advanced machinery’s than America. How has thisaffected the teenagers in particular? The amount of internet addiction forteenagers in South Korea is so much that the government provided boot camps allover the country to help teenagers with their addiction and this has lead themto poor grades and lots of other macabre things.
The aim of “The Digital DetoxBoot Camp” is to help teenagers reconnect with the real world once again andweaken their bond with the technology. We can also see that technology is notonly a problem amongst the teenagers in your family but thousands of youthsworldwide not only in South Korea and America. In Nigeria, technology isn’t as advancedbut this doesn’t mean that it hasn’t affected that much teenagers. Althoughmany teenagers don’t possess any technological device due to poverty but someof the youth’s that own one or more tend to take advantage of it. For example,in a privileged school like GreenSprings Lekki Lagos, laptops were allowed inhostel until a teenage boy was caught watching Indian porn and was externally suspendedfor days.
This just supports the fact that some teenagers who are privilegedtend to take advantage of their opportunities and use it for bad. There areeven armed robbers that go to homes to kill and steal money and some of themare teenagers. This can be because of different reasons but one of the causesmight be due to technology exposure. Some teenagers that aren’t even thatexposed to the real world can learn a lot of deleterious things of the worldand it may lead to them practicing it. As a teenager myself, technology hasalso affected me.
Speaking from past experiences and my friends, we tend to be lazy whenit comes to education. Let us imagine a French teacher gives us homework towrite an essay in French. Most of us would use devices to go on googletranslate rather than actually using our initiative or brain.
Technology canencourage procrastination. How? Television series can show at certain times andbecause a TV series shows at a specific time, one can tend to say that theywill study later or they would do their homework later because of the show andthis really affects learning if they procrastinate. Sometimes the internet cangive false information about some certain things because its humans like usthat input information into the web so it is advisable to use informationfilled books that are written by professors, doctors, scientist, etc.There are somemachinery’s that are not necessarily meant to be out there for all age groupsfor example sex toys or more specifically vibrating dildos.
Dildos are a badthing already but including technology into something of poor standards justmakes it worst or even more harmful to the body due to its technicalities. YES!Some technologies are very harmful to the body even your phones especially whenplugged into a charger. Being a teenagermeans the beginning of your future.
This is the region of your life that youstart to apply for jobs or do internships but when some of the jobs, but whenmachines take over some jobs this promotes unemployment and this lessens thechances of teens getting jobs. This can lower the esteem of the youth if theyaren’t able to find a job.In my opinion,like I said earlier technology will only have a positive effect on teenagers ifit used wisely and in moderation or for some cases not used at all. It isadvisable that parents should check the phones of their children especiallyteenagers once in a while to ensure their phones are used for things that willpositively benefit them. To help reduce or avoid the cynical impact that technologyhas on us teenagers, parents should try and involve their youth’s in moresocial activities and limit them from the amount of hours they spend eitherwatching TV or using any electronic device.
Parents should also try and build acloser bond with their teenagers so that they would feel open and have anintimate connection with them. And us teenagers, should be mindful of thewebsites we go to and shouldn’t waste the little money some of us earn from ourstarting jobs to purchase inappropriate devices that will not assist us any wayin life. If these measures are taken or followed, then maybe technology wouldnot be so bad after all because crime rates will reduce, teenagers will becomemore independent, and life would finally be worth living. SOURCEShttp://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/https://www.7cups.com/qa-loneliness-38/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-making-friends-online-5941/https://addictionaustralia.org.au/internet-addicted-children-sent-to-digital-detox-boot-camp/