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Technology: The Enemy or Survival of teems?

Should students of our school be warned or encouraged to integrate mobile devices into their daily lives.

Nooh Adnan

Sunday, 10th December 2019

 

It would be unfair if I went through all of this without an apology. I’m deeply sorry. Even now I can hear the moaning and groaning of several students as teachers try to shove this article down their throats. It wasn’t my idea; I just write the column. Forgive me.

However, I can do justice by being fair. This is a topic that once and for all needs to be conclusively answered. We all know that technology has taken over the world, and it has become nearly impossible to find anyone, teachers and students alike, without a phone in their pockets or a laptop in their backpacks. They have become a tool in our daily lives making it much simpler and straight forward to do otherwise long, boring tasks in a matter of minutes. This probably means that they are not the menace that they are made out to be, right? The answer is much more complicated than that. In the famous words of a Judge, John Barrowman, “A knife is merely just a tool. It’s the owner that defines whether it is evil or not”. So, let’s go on a journey to settle once and for all the answer to this debate.

  • A tool for the better:

 

As I mentioned before, both teachers and students find use of technology in their day-to-day lives. Projectors make it easier to display a full white-board’s worth of information, emails have made it so that we can send homework to teachers at a blink of an eye. Now I can sit back at home, halfway across the world in my pajamas with my laptop on my lap (pun unintended) and send homework to my teachers, without having to leave my comfy bed.

 

Above all of this the internet, and social media have done what even a paper and pen could do:

help us and interact with new people, anywhere. An Instagram celebrity, who you may have heard of and so happens to attend our school, Emily Earhart (@Ehrt, on Instagram if you didn’t know) believes that social media is not as bad as people make it out to be. As she quoted when I approached her, “I’m the same person online and in real life. Instagram is just an extension to all of it” and “I used to be a shy child, now look at me, I’m in the school news!”

 

As enthusiastic as she may seem, she could not rival our own reporters’ excitement -Jenny Peabody- when she came back with her own research, taking multiple surveys at our school. In a desire to get her name on the front page, she was able to get over 100 students to participate (an accomplishment, as it takes a special sort of power to convince students to take part in a survey – I know I wouldn’t have filled a survey). According to her, “The results show that face-to-face time between students has not changed. Not a single willing participant showed signs of wanting to be on their phone rather than hanging out with their friends. Even those who were interrupted while loitering on social media showed no signs of annoyance and didn’t mind giving the survey. Technology has just added another layer to it”. Similarly, there are many studies that share our results and even suggest that online networking can’t be bad for you (Read: The Gossiping Trends).

 

However, just as many claim the reverse. That’s right, its time to dwell deep into the side effects of mobile technology and how they plague the modern generation. Brace for impact, students.

 

  • A tool for the worse:

 

It I common belief on many news sources that social media is referred to as a villain. Many renowned websites such as, ‘The Quibbler’ or ‘The Daily Times’, claim that contrary to our above statement, teenagers do indeed spend a lot of time online rather than with friends or family. When asked, Phillipa Grogan claimed that he would sell his kidney to buy a new phone. After adding a few colorful adjectives, he said that his parents didn’t understand his needs for a

phone.

 

Despite being a major part of technology, social media is not the only aspect about technology. Taken out of average, about 60% of teenagers use Spotify. Facebook has revealed that over 40% of teenagers use their service. Whilst Discord totals about 40% of teens using it to play video games online. Finally, a report issued by the Phone Distributing district shows how 70% of all teens own a phone. Those are big numbers, even by today’s standards.

 

This shows digital communications has become the way for teens to communicate. According to Mr. Smith, a literature teacher, “It has become teenagers’ lives”.

 

It can be seen that technology has become a part of us. We spend more time on it than anything else. We have nothing else to do without time and it is corrupting our minds. We should get out more and spend less time on our gadgets. (Sorry the committee wanted a “good message”).

 

According to our specialist, the one and only Mr. Crystal – who you all must know as our psychology teacher – coincidentally has studied this topic in great detail. This is why we sent one of our reporters to interview one of our seniors most teachers (Details will be included in our next issue!)

 

To summarize the interview, Mr. Crystal gives us references to kids using social media as a way to play practical jokes on the internet, playing games, doing things that kids would normally do anyway, just on a different platform.

 

To quote our esteemed teacher, “Even schools and examination halls have adapted the ‘NO TEXTING SLANG’ rule, to stop students from using abbreviation from such acts”. After talking to many kids, Mr. Crystal does indeed note than from 100% of all kids, 99% of kids found this as a joke and would never act so low as using text abbreviations in their essays (XD, OMG ppl actually do this? Not me obv, lol). However, this doesn’t hide the fact that this was done often enough for the rule to have been applied.

 

  • The final Verdict: for better or for worse?

 

The final verdict all boils down on what type of student you are. A lot of students are able to use technology to their benefit and don’t seem to be affected by it mentally or physically. However, it does not hurt to take a break once in a while. Some people have gotten painfully addicted to the magic on our hands that is the mobile phone, but there should always be a limit to eanverything in life. Control should be exercised. I’m not supposed to have an opinion, but I think student should allow to limit themselves to what they seem is fair. Until then, the knife is only as evil as its owner.

 

About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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