• Taylor Staab

To technology and beyond

From iPhones, iPads, to computers and more, the amount of new technology seems to be increasing as we sleep. In stores, restaurants and even businesses, anything can be accomplished with just the click of a button, but is it really necessary?

We all know the routine: We wake up and the first thing that we do is check our devices for unread texts, to our Instagram feed, then lastly it's time to pull out the poses for Snapchat. Everything today is easy as not doing anything at all. The in-person communication among people has decreased, along with much self esteem. Compared to a text message or direct message, it’s the real conversations with our peers that we value the most. After all, having actual in- person conversations can allow for you to actually know how the person is trying to get a statement across to you.

Most might think that having everything right in front our very eyes is a good thing, but I prefer the ‘old school’ type of way.

Last year was my first year here at OOHS. I moved from a small town in Northeast Ohio. Believe it or not, among all of the difference that stood out to me, the huge use of technology seemed to be the biggest. From doing homework with actual 15-year-old textbooks and taking a test with nothing but a pencil at my old school, everything is now virtual.

Although it is nice to have tons of resources right at our fingertips, I find that it's not as helpful as actually doing the research.

According to The New York Times, “technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to preserve in the face of challenging tasks.” Using the internet is like asking to copy your best friend’s homework. It might be nice in not having to listen to the teacher lecture in class, but at the same time you're not really learning anything.

I found that it was so much easier to look up content in a textbook; since I was taking the time to look it up, it helped me remember the material.

As well as opening my horizons to the more virtual world of school, I also was shocked that there were not very many rules on using our devices during class hours as well. At my old school, if you got caught on your cell phone then it would be taken away, whereas here you could be on your device anytime unless the teacher says otherwise.

I also think that when it comes to the privilege of being able to be on your phone then I think that can be a little too liberal.

In my opinion, when we come to school, we come to school to learn. It's not that the phones are a bad thing, but they can get distracting. Having some restrictions on how often we are allowed to use them wouldn't be a bad idea. Allowing students to focus more on what is needed to be done at the time can help with more focus and less distraction.

Think about it this way: when students get bored they will just look at their phones, but isn't that what they do all the time even at home? Why not communicate with the people around you when you're actually around them for once. Putting more restrictions on cell phones could allow more actual conversation to be made, just like back 15 years ago.

Overall, technology isn’t a bad thing, because there are many good things that can be positive about it, but sometimes it could be restricted a little bit more. Let's communicate, start conversations and maybe even talk to someone that we've always wanted to talk without the screen.

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