Are Students Too Reliant on Technology?
The internet became an unacceptable part of modern society. It is considered to be one of the greatest inventions of a new age. You bet…endless web of information where you can get completely anything you want. It also gives great opportunities for studying. You don’t even need to go somewhere to receive that information. However, a new generation of students literally grew up with the internet, so the question is: are students really became too reliant on technology?
Obviously, the internet provides students with a greatest of abilities – to have a world’s information at their fingertips. Still, on the other hand, the internet has a couple of disadvantages. The quality of the research is one of them. Information is often ‘too easy’ to find compared to twenty years back. This means that students can copy&paste any required information without understanding it. For example, to prepare a project an average student is going to find everything they need on a single website and picking up only a little knowledge in the process what makes projects less efficient.
With the rise of technological progress, the opportunity to have a discussion with a group of students from another country became real. Moreover, specialists have created interactive web pages and programs which broadened the understanding of studying process. However, with laptops, tablets, and phones, students are not using traditional grammar that much. Face-to-face communication is also suffering because most of the students prefer ‘talking’ online than talking in real life.
Another plague of modern students is plagiarism. With or without realizing it they are copying someone else’s work. More and more students today rely on Wikipedia and Google to answer their homework questions. So instead of using their own mind to find solutions, they’d better simply click, copy and paste. Sound much easier, but is it effective enough?
The Way Out?
As a matter of fact, we understand that a complete abandonment of technologies during a studying process is unreal. Its role in today’s world is too big and the wealth of provided opportunities is obviously undeniable. However, besides teaching our children to use electronic devices and sources correctly, we have to encourage them to study by using their own, individual and unique opinions and thoughts. Of course, E-communication is a great resource, but it can’t become a complete substitute for real talks. Also, online research will never replace real libraries. In other words, we have to find a golden middle of combining technological progress and ‘real-world’ education to receive the best results and turn everything into a one, big advantage without suffering from any detrimental consequences.
Sure, overreliance on technologies is one of the most important upcoming problems of nowadays, but still, we have to find compromises and redirect technological progress to only positive influence on our lives. It’s important to realize that without technological progress our world cannot develop and become even more comfortable for our existence.