Ever find yourself unable to put down your phone? Well, you are not alone as an up and rising problem internet addiction is as much of a problem as alcohol or drug addictions. More and more students use the internet for school work but are they truly in control or are they at the mercy of their own technology.
Important terminology to know
Technology: the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.
Dependence: the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else.
Laziness: the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy; idleness.
Addiction: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity
Procrastination: delay or postpone action; put off doing something
The task and question
You’re a student at an unknown high school and the school proposes a new rule No hand-held devices on school premise as students begin to protest you are tasked to represent the students and answer the question: Are hand-held devices inhibiting the ability of students to learn?
Impact of hand-held devices on humans
As technology continues to advance billions of people become more adapt to the new way of living such as surfing on the web, with that new problem and challenges surfaces. Feel lost without the internet? Well, according to Ofcom’s research in digital dependency 29% of people felt the same. From what videos people are watching to what they’re eating everything is now posted online it’s natural to build a reliance on something as grand as this but an over dependency on such thing is bad. First and foremost, it’s not your fault the media today is different from before, now it’s all about you and your information from your search history to everything you buy everything is monitored and tailored to catch your attention. For more information on digital addiction Click Here
Effect of hand-held devices on humans
Ever find yourself browser reddit or youtube and before you know it’s 1 in the morning and you’re watching raccoon eating a grape. Technology robs an important sense of human which is the sense of time, you could be spending your time studying or doing homework for a couple hours a day but instead you would rather scour the internet till daybreaks dawn
Technology while powerful and helpful enough to support the many of users, in the end technology is meant to be used as tools for human to enjoy and like everything in life it’s a balance. After viewing this webquest has your view on technology changed? Can you answer such questions like what are the signs of internet addiction or how addicted are you to your phone.
Congratulation on completing your journey, now it’s time to choose a side as the student representative: Team Phone or Team No Phone? Vote below.
Raian Ali Associate Professor in Computing and Informatics, Emily Arden-Close Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and John McAlaney Principal Academic in Psychology. “Digital Addiction: How Technology Keeps Us Hooked.” The Conversation. January 30, 2020. Accessed November 7, 2020. https://theconversation.com/digital-addiction-how-technology-keeps-us-hooked-97499.
“A Decade of Digital Dependency.” Ofcom. May 08, 2019. Accessed November 9, 2020. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/decade-of-digital-dependency.