Youth and its Absorption of Technology
Canada Digital Future in Focus reported that the average Canadian is spending an average of 45.3 hours on the Internet. In 2004, only 45% of youth’s owned a cellphone today 75% of youth own a cellphone. The youth today are always consuming new technological advancements that advertise constant communication whether it is through the use of cellphones or computers. New technology and devices come out every day: a new iPhone every year, a brand new laptop, and iPad, etc… Are these technological advancements good for youth? I believe that technology has isolated the youth from reality and society; it has a bad influence on them and their social interactions with the world. The Internet and cellphones have become a central force that fuels the rhythm of daily life. Youth are so preoccupied with being connected to the Internet that they do not realise how time they are wasting. Youth’s communication is interrupted by technology which has a negative impact on them. The cause of the youth’s Internet addiction is due to different social networks. The Internet allows youth to surf many different sites. It allows them to spend so much time on social networking sites such as Facebook. Facebook is the number one most visited site in the world. Youth spent countless hours on Facebook, 405 minutes are wasted monthly on these sites (Amanda Ryan). Youth also spend a lot of their time on other social networking sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc… All these different social networking sites are addictive. They allow users to stay connected to their friends and stay connected to the world which is the most important thing to the youth. Youth are so preoccupied with being connected to the Internet that they do not realise how much time they are wasting. Youths communication is being interrupted by technology and the Internet usage has a negative effect on the youth, Bob Affonso says in his article: “our culture heralds the Internet as a technological wonder, there are suggestions that Internet use has a negative influence on individuals and their social skills.” Youth spend so much time of their day on the Internet and it causes them negative influence on their communication and their social skills. YouthNet published a report were 75% of youth from 16-24 years old “can’t live without the Internet.” The reason why youth are so preoccupied with the Internet is to stay connected to their friends and to their favourite celebrities. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are the three most popular sites that allow people to stay connected to the whole world. Facebook has 901 million active users where 29% of them are youth, Twitter has 555 million active users where 13% of them are youth, and YouTube has 800 million users where 21% of them are youth. We see from these statistics that youth are the most active users. Twitter is a social networking site that allows people to follow all their friends and celebrities every move. Stars tweet things saying that they will be at so and so place and that everyone should meet them there, they tweet the release of their new album or clothing line, etc… Youth spend 89 minutes on Twitter, which is a lot. They spend all this time just reading the same tweets over and over again of their favourite celebrities. Facebook which is another famous networking site, allows people to see their friends pictures over the years and like their favourite celebrities fan page. 405 minutes are spent using Facebook monthly where 29% of the users are youth. Whenever youth are bored they tend to go on Facebook and spend countless of hours stalking their friends pictures and profile, Daniel Hunt, Archana Krishanan, and David Atkin are university professors who have done a study on: The Influence of Computer-Meditated Communication Apprehension on Motives for Facebook and found that the reason why so much time is spent on Facebook is to cure a disorder...
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