Write About Something For Which You Feel Strongly
Something I feel very strongly about is the overuse of technology – and I don’t like it. When I was in Korea, my students all had Samsung Galaxies or iPhones and they were constantly playing games on them during class (the middle schoolers were the worst culprits). Personally, I got my first cell phone in eighth grade, but it was very basic. No games, and I didn’t even have texting. Even now, I still enjoy making regular phone calls to friends and dislike the majority of apps people seem to use frequently.
It’s very hard to have a conversation with someone while their face is in a screen. At work, I see families out for lunch or dinner and their young children are playing on tablets throughout the entire meal. How are they supposed to learn social skills when they can’t even interact properly with their own families? Even the adults are often on their devices, texting or talking. I really find it quite sad.
We are losing the ability to interact with each other on an emotional level and express ourselves. More and more, our communication consists of emojis and abbreviations. So often, things can become misconstrued via text leaving one or more persons confused or upset by the message that was trying to be conveyed. It’s incredibly frustrating.
Furthermore, I feel like many students are not learning how to write like they did even ten, fifteen years ago. They certainly aren’t learning cursive. And, with the introduction of computers in the classroom, I suppose they are typing more work than ever. There is something comforting to me about handwriting. Throughout college, I hand wrote all my notes; I hated when I saw everyone on their laptops. I still write lists and post-its for myself. I feel like physically writing things out helps me to remember them.
I truly feel like all this technology is making us dumb. We need to find a balance before it becomes a serious problem.
How do you feel about the growing use of technology?
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