Technological advancements mean that instead of reading dozens and dozens of books in the library to complete assignments, students can now simply access the internet on their laptop, mobile, tablet (and many more devices besides) to get hold of eBooks, facts, figures and the like. Just about everything is a click way!
This is derived from the fact that thanks to technology, communication is much easier and faster than it has ever been, so students can even get in touch with their peers instantly on Facebook, WhatsApp, by text and many other ways. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 95% of 12-17 year olds use the Internet and 80% of them use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. The predicament is with access to information, tools and communication being so instantaneous that we no longer have to wait for practically anything.
Social Media has also become a breeding ground for cyber bullying which can have horrendously negative repercussions on those affected. Yet it does provide us with the ability to connect with individuals around the world, fulfilling its positive purpose of making easier, although it can easily become a distraction as 38% of the students can’t live for 10 minutes without using an electronic gadget.