Technological platforms have widely been embraced and applied in all parts of the globe. The ever-changing technology has made work easier, created jobs, and made communication between two people from different regions of the world possible. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the mannerism in which technology affects college students. This analysis will focus on both the negative and positive aspects of modern technology and how it harms or benefits college going students.
Technology assists teenagers to develop and express their skills. The world has transformed in a span of 5 decades and various technological platforms such as Facebook, blogging, texting and Instagram have been developed. Individuals who are shy can freely express their skills and competencies without meeting other persons. The same scenario occurs in group discussions. College students who are incredibly shy can communicate and contribute in group forums without appearing physically. Mizuka Ito, a tutor, says that whenever kids are denied their social media, their skills are jeopardized as the networking through social media boosts their communication skills and assists in “Hanging out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media” (Goff). This professional adds that technology helps the young individuals to gather technical and social skills that will enable them to be responsible citizens with high-level competency.
Independence is one thing that parents like to see their children possessing. College students who are not dependent on any other people gain excellent grades. According to Lisa Tripp, an author and assistant professor that lectures at the Florida State University, technological platforms such as YouTube, podcasting, and iPod foster independence while establishing avenues for the extension of circles (Goff). Therefore, technology boosts self-directed learning amongst students thereby enabling them to score highly in their class work. The process of commenting on the posts on a given blog assists college students to learn how to communicate and circulate their cultures.
Social media has broken the boredom experienced in the past whereby students would spend most of their time locked in their rooms watching movies. In the current times, the social media has enabled teens to extend their friendship. According to Ms. Tripp, most social media users are keen on creating new friends and connecting with other like-minded individuals. Most college students have friends in all continents of the world (Goff).
Technology keeps students busy at all times. Consequently, the users of technological platforms hardly engage in a socially unacceptable behavior. Instead of engaging in drugs, the current college students have made friends with the internet and t spend most of their time looking for learning resources that will assist them to achieve their goals and professional dreams. The scholars also unite with their friends and share ideologies that are beneficial. Also, the education system has digitalized. Lecturers and other instructors refer their students to online sources for further research. Course crashing has also been made possible through technology. A student can gain competency in more than one field of interest.
There is a myriad of jobs available online. A student can be studying and working online. The pay of these jobs is higher than casual labor, and the college scholar can work under minimal supervision. Therefore, technological platforms are beneficial to not only the social and educational lives of students but their economic lives as well.
Technology also impacts negatively on the young people. Parents and students are not as close as they used to be before (MacVean). In the past, parents would wake up and spend time with their teenage children advising them on how to handle life issues. However, according to Brad Stones article “Breakfast Can Wait. The Day’s First Stop Is Online,” parents and children either respond to their emails or text messages early in the morning (Stone). Therefore, the bond between parents and their children have become weaker.
The sense of independence provided by technology can sometimes be uncontrollable. The college going students may feel that they are on top of the world and often disrespect their parents (Stone). The internet may expose them to lifestyles that are not good for their education and intellectual growth. The internet is full of the things that may distract college going students. Instead of focusing on their studies, the students concentrate on watching pornography and other web content that cannot assist them in their educational lives. Too much use of technology also makes people addicted to it. Most students waste their time chatting with their friends on Facebook and Instagram.
Lastly, social media may be beneficial in creating bonds, but it also breaks links between individuals. Whenever students become obsessed with the internet, they hardly attend social functions thereby losing their friends. Consequently, their academic lives may be affected as they will not have people to do group discussions with.
In a nutshell, communication has changed the lives of students in both the positive and negative means. The advantages of technology that are discussed in this paper are that it boosts learning due to the educational resources available online, enhances bonding, and enable students to earn some income while studying. The disadvantages are that the internet has some unfiltered content and that it breaks the bonds between parents.