What will the future look like? The way things are heading, it will be a time you stay on the coach and have food delivered to the door, cash your cheques by taking a picture on your phone, and shopping for anything you can think of without walking out your door. Although all these things are very convenient, they also have their consequences that follow. There are many great things technology can offer, but in this post I am mainly going to discuss the controversies to technology:
1. While you are able connect faster with people, physical interactivity is significantly diminished. For a university student like myself, it is really easy to communicate with family members and be able to see what’s going on; however, some people lose their motivation to go and physically visit when they have the ability to connect from the comfort of their couch.
2. Patience goes out the window. When you have a smart phone and internet almost anywhere, any question you have can be Googled. This completely takes the curiosity away from young minds because they are never left wondering anything… they have the answer in their hands. Especially in today’s era where the internet is so fast you don’t even have to wait for a page to load, as even this can cause some frustration. You are getting the answer to some question it would have taken at least a day to research in a library and even then you might not have the answer.
3. Another side effect to the advancements made with technology is that writing skills have been seen to decline. Although it is a good thing youth are writing frequently (through Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms, etc.), grammar and writing skills are almost non-existent. This is another form of expression; however, it is one that does not teach the skill required for more professional writing.
4. It can be very useful to always have your smart phone on hand; but, with this, comes a constant distraction. As much as my phone is used for looking stuff up and for educational purposes, it is also used for entertainment- especially when people are always coming up with new, addicting games like Angry Birds, and Candy Crush….
5. Other effects of technology include another platform for bullying, shortened attention spans, obesity, lack of social skills, poor sleep habits, higher level of deceit, as well as warped sense of reality.
The improvements that technology has made is imperative to the lifestyles of today. I fully agree that the positive effects from the development of technology outweigh the negative. But as a teacher, it is important to understand the effects that come with the positives. Our students of today will have much different learning styles compared to the students even 20 years ago. It is important to teach students the negative side effects to technology with the positive.