10 October 2013
What kind of negative effects does technology have on students? In this 21 century there is no escape from technology, we are all surrounded by various technology, but we do not notice that it’s harming us, especially students. We all know technology is changing the world, but it’s making people lazy and causes them to lose critical thinking abilities. Technology is important for students to get information, however it should be limited because it distracts students and it is the root for students’ poor reading and writing skills.
Technology causes students to be poor readers because when people read online, they do not read deeply and cannot understand the meaning. Technology is making people lazy because when students read article on the web, they only read the summary, and do not understand the meaning what they are reading. University College London conducted a study that showed, when people read an article online they only read the summary and they avoid the reading the whole article. Maryanne Wolf, developmental psychologist at Tufts University and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story of Science of the Reading Brain emphasizes that “We are not only what we read, We are how we read. The style of reading promoted by the net [...] is weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading.” It illustrates that people cannot focus deeply when they are reading and the internet is making them avoid reading for meaning. When students lose the ability to read deeply online they cannot analyze and interpret what they are reading. This will hinder them from learning critical thinking skills. Along with reading skills, technology also affects students thinking capability in writing. When students are writing, technology is diverting them from their focus in writing. In the film Digital Nation, when interviewing students about their writing habits, they said that they only focus on one...
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