The 4 Negative Side Effects Of Technology

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The rapid revolution in technology affected our lifestyle drastically and led us to believe that our lives have changed for the better. Now communication with our distant friends or relatives, buying branded products or goods on-the-go and conducting business meeting is possible with just a single click. We believe that all these changes have made our lives more comfortable than before. However, there is a critical concern that is eating up most parents from inside, i.e., whether technology is affecting their children for the good or worse? What are some of the side effects of technology? What are we to do about the tech overload happening right now to students and everyone else?

The minds of children are like blank pages. As we know that the generation of this era has a high level of dexterity. Their elevated cleverness allows them to fill those pages very fast with the provided information. Such information can be extracted not only from books and other educational materials but also from games, TV shows and texting.

A limited use of gadgets can be quite useful for children as it will allow them to be up to date with the current technology. However, the overuse of these advancements can really hamper or even damage their development in the personal growth, communication and educational department.

Though we can’t deny the endowments that the current era of advancement has provides us with, but like any other thing, we cannot deny the fact that there is always two sides to everything: Good and Bad.

Let’s take a look at the top 4 ways that overuse of technology has influenced our children in an adverse manner:

1. Elevated Exasperation

These days, children indulge themselves in internet, games or texting. These activities have affected their psyche negatively, consequently leading to increased frustration. Now they get frustrated whenever they are asked to do anything while playing games or using internet. For instance, when their parents ask them to take the trash out, they get furious instantly. This behavior has shattered many parent-children relationships.

2. Deteriorated Patience

Patience is a very precious virtue and its scarcity could deteriorate a person’s Will. Determination is a necessity that comes with patience and without it no individual can survive the hardships of life. According to studies, tolerance in children is vanishing quite increasingly due to the improper use of technology. For example, children get frustrated quickly when they surf internet and the page they want to view takes time to load.

3. Declining Writing Skills

Due to the excessive usage of online chatting and shortcuts, the writing skills of today’s young generation have declined quite tremendously. These days, children are relying more and more on digital communication that they have totally forgot about improving their writing skills. They don’t know the spelling of different words, how to use grammar properly or how to do cursive writing.

4. Lack of Physical Interactivity

No one can deny the fact that the advancement of technology has produced a completely unique method of interaction and communication. Now, more and more people are interacting with others through different platforms like apps, role-playing online games, social networks, etc. This advancement has hampered the physical interaction skills of many children. Due to that they don’t know how to interact with others when they meet them in-person or what gesture they should carry.

The bottom line is that while technology is a necessity to survive and flourish in this age of advancement, however, parents should control their children by keeping an eye on its excessive usage.

Alice Martin is a professional essay writer from UK, works on AssignmentValley’s education blog. She became a writer after completing her college and then established her career in the field of education and research.

6 Comments

  1. Matthew Gudenius

    May 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Actually, writing done with a computer has been shown in several studies to IMPROVE writing — the composition aspect of it, anyway, so I assume this is referring to handwriting?

    I’m of the camp that thinks handwriting is more or less dead and unnecessary (between the years of entering college in 1996 and working in the computer programming world until 2001… I hand-wrote almost nothing. I didn’t have to start working with pencils and paper until I became a teacher in 2002! hahaha) — the same camp that involves the majority of states who got rid of handwriting standards but adopted the new keyboarding standards…

    However, I do think writing and drawing have their place — for brainstorming/creativity/note-taking, if nothing else. “Jotting” ideas and being able to draw or organize them quickly, combined with quick sketches, diagrams, etc. is very useful.

    This is why I am an advocate of technology you can write/draw directly on (with precision — not like the iPad. I’m talking about active digitizer stylus, like the Surface Pro, ThinkPad Tablet 2, Dell Latitude 10, Samsung Ativ 500T, Asus VivoTab, etc.)

    • ChrisMWParsons

      June 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

      Overall composition is one thing, but the creation of grammatically tight sentence structure is another, and I’m not sure that you could ever say that social media use, or writing on tablets – whilst perhaps stimulating young people’s willingness to express themselves succinctly – can be shown to have a positive effect on children’s grammatical writing.

  2. ICAL TEFL

    May 31, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Is there any concrete evidence for these so-called facts or are these just prejudices?

    • ChrisMWParsons

      June 1, 2013 at 3:32 am

      It is hard to provide evidence for a long term change in young people’s attitudes, emotional volativity or lack of patience, unless we had some decent ‘before’ data which we can compare the present situation to.
      But this doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t an effect going on, which perhaps anecdotal evidence may be the best pointer towards. Certainly, as a (tech friendly) Primary School teacher and the father of 4 children I recognise a lot of the points above.

      • ICAL TEFL

        June 1, 2013 at 5:56 am

        Hi Chris – that’s the issue for me. Too many articles purport to be fact when they are little more than hearsay or prejudice. There’s an article in today’s Daily Telegraph, for example, which says that increased use of text-speak is actually improving children’s language and contradicts what is said above.

        Until some proper research has been done it’s too risky to guess.

        - Jenny

        • ChrisMWParsons

          June 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

          Hi Jenny – I agree that this article was worded in a rather ‘definitive’ way, but I’m not sure that it need be considered ‘too risky’ to express such opinions until there is some incontrovertible evidence.

          I notice that the Telegraph article today (assuming it’s the one you meant!) is about a languages expert expressing an opinion that learning text-speak could prime children’s minds for learning additional languages. I think this is a very interesting idea and probably true – but it still seems to be just an expert opinion rather than a scientific finding.

          I (personally!) think that part of the problem is that ‘language’ and even ‘writing’ is made up of different parts, as is the demographic of ‘children’. I can easily imagine that baseline literacy levels will rise due to the popularity of social media, since young people who traditionally had no interest in writing anything, will now have motivation and practice in basic written communication. Their ‘communicativity’ levels will increase, but their articulacy levels will become capped. What the statistics might take longer to show will be a gradual reduction in genuinely ‘high level’ literacy – of the kind that is required for communicating complex ideas and concepts, although these things are being reported by people marking University essays and reading job applications.

          As an aside, I know that the internet is also a great stimulant for people learning English as an additional language (your expert area!). I used to teach overseas students in England, and indeed ran a boarding house at a school with a mixture of nationalities. Parents of children for whom English wasn’t their first language always wished for them to room with a native English speaker. If this wasn’t possible, I’d try to put them with children who at least didn’t share their first language, so that together they would need to use English to communicate. This worked up to a point – ultimately they became highly proficient at using a very basic, grammatically weak pallette of English vocabulary.

          Perhaps ‘text-speak’ does the same thing?

          These are just my own ‘prejudices’ at this point, but they seem to have sufficient logic and validity for me to think that they’re worth sharing!

          Chris