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The Effect of Technology on a New Generation

Technology is an ever-changing field. Most recently, Apple came out with iPhone 8 and X. These devices are now capable of face recognition and wireless charging. What impact will this technology have on generations to come?

Kids are beginning to use technology as often as high school students and even adults. There is no escaping technology; society needs to learn how to use it in a way that is beneficial to learning and development such as interactive learning games.

“Children aged 5-16 years old spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995,” according to market research firm Childwise.

With the internet, kids have access to almost anything in a matter of seconds. This is potentially both beneficial and dangerous. Technology is being used around the world in classrooms, but its benefits are questionable. According to Survey Monkey Audience, “44% said technology neither improved nor declined their grades. 33% said grades are somewhat better, and 15% said grades are much better.”   

More people choose to have conversations online through text message, Snapchat or Facetime. In most instances, technology is used to express feelings without actually confronting the person. This creates a social barrier and lack of real-world connection.

Technology is one of those things that you have to use it in the correct way to be successful.”

— Anna Cason

“Technology is one of those things that you have to use it in the correct way to be successful… it’s honestly changed my life in so many ways but too much can be harmful,” Dunbar freshman Anna Cason said.

While technology plays a crucial role in our everyday lives, limiting it can also have a positive effect. Technology is widely used around the world and will continue to improve. From every text message sent to every phone call made, technology will remain a priority in our lives.

“Technology has changed the way I live…I wouldn’t be able to communicate with family in other states or catch up with my friends. My best friend lives in another state and its hard on me because I can’t see her every day. But now I have the power to Facetime or Skype her and it’s like she never left,” Dunbar freshman Emily Spores said.

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About the Writer
Brooke Abell, Staff Reporters

My name is Brooke and writing has always been a big part of my life since I was little. It was always a goal of mine to write a book, and I still hope to achieve that. This is my second year on staff as a writer and I’ve loved every bit of it. It’s very important to me that we cover real news that students care about.

I am very proud of previous articles I have written including, “Do Schools Favor Extroverts” which takes an inside look with students at Dunbar who are introverts and how school affects them. Other articles include club spotlights, Netflix reviews, and school events. In the future, I hope to learn new writing skills and eventually become EIC as a senior, also involve journalism in my career. I currently run cross country and have 2 sweet, lovable dogs that take up my life outside of Lamplighter.

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