Technology’s Effects on Adolescents
Whether technology effects adolescents in a positive or negative way is very controversial throughout the world. There is credible evidence that supports both sides of the argument. Some would argue that technology is helping adolescents with learning and become more adaptive to technology. However, I believe that technology is having a negative impact on adolescents in today’s age. With an increase in time spent on computers, iPads, iPhones, watching television, and playing video games there is a decrease in the amount of time spent learning, being active, and interacting with others. According to a study performed by the Kaiser Family Study, the average 18-year-old spends 77 hours a week using some sort of technology. This includes listening to music, text messaging, playing video games, talking on the phone, watching television and movies, and surfing the internet while only 38 minutes per day is spent reading (ABC News). I find this statistic to be very concerning and that technology is definitely impacting children and teens in a negative way.
Technology has been in our generation’s lives since we were born. We can trace technology back to the fifteenth century when Johannes Guttenberg created the movable printing press that printed masses of books inexpensively. The 16th through the 18th century was the exploration of sciences and the industrial revolution. 19th century was the age of machine tools and the 20th century is one of its own era of technology. What started from the creation of the iPod mini led to the creation of the iPhone within a decade’s time. Not all technology however is negatively impacting today’s adolescents however, only some forms when used excessively.
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