Bzzzzz, Bzzzzz, Bzzzzz, the phone in the pocket of a student was vibrating up a storm as time was running out to finish the calculus exam. Bzzzzz, Bzzzzz, Bzzzzz, the vibrating continued, and the students that heard the vibrations began to look back and forth from their own tests to the other student’s thinking can he just look at it so it stops vibrating? When the student finally does reach into his pocket a sigh of relief escapes the others around him. The student reads the text and with no hesitation begins to reply. After texting a novella and putting the phone back, he continued with the exam. Then the bell finally rings and time was up. Other classmates noticed that the same student whose phone had gone off was not done with his test and rushed to bubble in the last answers on his scantron and write some numbers for the last free response questions. This is a prior experience of a student that proves that in today’s society the use of technology has risen to the point of addiction. Resulting in the conclusion that technology is more of a hindrance on academic success rather than being beneficial.
Technology has been the driving force of this generation. The use of technology has increased to the point of addiction. Online databases show that there has been a dramatic increase in the use of the all forms of technology. One example is that 75 percent of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 now have cell phones, up from 45 percent in 2004. Based on this change a conclusion can be made. The conclusion being, the use of the phones has changed along with the increase in phone use in teens. For instance, social networking is a huge application that young adults use on their smart phones. One statistic that proves this is: 73% use social networking sites, mostly Facebook – 50% more than three years ago. These statistics show how technology has changed the priorities of all teens across the United States. Identifying these huge changes in percentages and statistics is the first step in identifying the problem- teenagers would rather be on their phones surfing the web and visiting social media sites instead of taking care important tasks and obligations academically.
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One of the most obvious but yet troubling problems that young adults across the United States are facing is the incompletion of school work. The main reason there has been such a dramatic drop in the completion of school work is because young adults are distracted by their cell phones, laptops and other forms of technology. For example one study has said that Facebook rush-hour is straight after school, and around nine or 10 in the evening for most teens. For most high school and college students the most ideal time to do homework is right after school or class and late at night before bed. The reason this is because for the majority of young adults there are a lot of activities besides school that occupies time. For example, sports, family dinners, club, youth group, and most importantly napping. Some may say “you need to get your priorities straight,” but the truth is that young adults have their minds set on other things and usually homework is on the bottom of the totem pole of priorities. This shows that even though there are other tasks to be done the most important thing to a young adult is what goes on on their phones. Another statistic that embodies this is that those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with technological devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago. Seven hours! Comparing seven hours when added eight spent sleeping and seven spent at school and maybe a couple on sports or other things, where is the time to do homework? This shows that technology is a major distraction and can lead to disastrous grades but also damaged futures.
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Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Instagram: these are all social networks that can end up hurting most young adults. One example is that colleges (for high school students), and businesses are constantly looking at other people’s social media accounts to see what they are up to. And sometimes that can lead to problems. A 2009 survey found up to 45% of US companies are now checking job applicants’ activity on social networking sites, and 35% reported rejecting people because of what they found. That specific data sample is astonishing and somewhat scary. Going to a good college and landing a high paying job are milestones in one’s life, but can be thrown away so quickly, because of the inappropriate things one might post on social media. Some of which being: stupid tweets, posts, or pictures. This is a sign that the use of social media should be monitored and taken as less of a distraction and more as a privilege. For if this can happen, less time will be spent on social media and more time will be spent being productive and working toward life goals.
In the end, nothing will be able to stop the progression of technology. Technology will always become easier for people to use and said to be more beneficial. But, when technology is abused and is taking up more time then school work and more important obligations, that is where the line needs to be drawn. Although technology is seen to be beneficial to all aspects of life, when it comes to teenagers and young adults, technology is a hindrance on academic success which results in damaged futures.