Negative effects of technology

Topics: Mobile phone, Instant messaging, Internet Pages: 5 (1894 words) Published: December 8, 2013
Teenagers’ lives revolve around technologically advanced items in the world. Technology is advancing every minute of every day.  It is rare that a household does not contain at least one technologically advanced product. Throughout the last decade, technology has created things that people 30 years ago would have never even imagined. These items start from as little as headphones to cell phones to computers to even 3D TVs.  Technology has a negative impact in teenagers’ lives. This will be proven by taking a look at how technology interferes with teenagers academics, how technology creates a social barrier and how technology makes teenagers lazy and get health problems.  

            Technology interferes with teenagers academics. When teenagers’ play games or use other sources of technology, sometimes they get carried away and postpone their homework time or end up not finishing it. For example, when a teenager has to hand in an assignment the next day, he might intend to use Facebook for an hour but end up procrastinating for many hours and fail to complete the assignment. Technology sometimes takes away a teenager’s ability to complete their homework to their fullest mental capacity. For instance, when a teenager talks on their cell phone until late at night, he might try finishing his homework while talking or after. This might result in the teenager not receiving their desired mark because the teenager might have been distracted and was unable to focus on their homework.  Technology can also become an addiction to the point that a teenager starts skipping school. An example of this was a couple of year ago, a 15 year old boy by the name of Brandon Crisp ran away from home and later died, after his parents took away his Xbox 360 because he would skip school and play Call of Duty 4 all day, resulting in homework not being finished. This shows that an addiction in technology could actually affect a teenager emotionally and in the worst case lead up to death.  Due to the innovation of new computer technology, teenagers’ writing skills have become poor. Teenagers’ use slang terms in their instant messaging (MSN,yahoo, skype) or even when they text each other. Teenagers’ started using this in their everyday writing and sometime even brought it to their school work. For example on MSN, a teenager spells the word “what” as “wat” and they sometimes use these slang words in their essays by accident. Teenagers are using the internet as a source of help but in a negative way. Teenagers are cheating from the internet by plagiarizing someone’s work and claiming it is their work. By stealing someone else’s work, teenagers are not doing themselves good. Now a days teenagers can copy and paste a whole essay from the internet or even pay a website to write their essay. Phones have also been a source of cheating during tests. By putting notes on your phone and cheating, teenagers are only cheating themselves. Tests and quizzes are done to test students’ knowledge, not to impress the teacher by cheating and getting a good mark. Technology negatively impacts teenagers’ academics.

When teenagers use technology they create a social barrier between each other. Teenagers have many ways to interact with people on the internet such as Facebook, Skype, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, etc. This has made people less likely to go out and socialize with people. Back in the day, when none of these new technologies were invented, the only way to converse with new people and learn about them was to meet them in person. These days many teenagers make friends online through their friends. When teenagers meet new people online, they are less likely to feel comfortable talking to them if they met in person. With the use of new technology such as instant messengers, teenagers can get blackmailed easily and lose their friends. For instance, when Susan hates Sandy and somehow Susan figures out Sandy’s MSN login and goes on her account and tells Sandy’s friends bad...
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