Published On: Wed, May 9th, 2012

How technology is changing the student life in college

Students these days are tech savvy than ever before. What we would like to know is how big a roll does technology plays in a student’s academic life?


Some 20 years ago, college students hung around campus carrying their typewriters, notepads. Now, you won’t find a student who doesn’t own a laptop, cell phone, iPad, iPod or any other mp3 player. But it’s not just them, from social media networks to blogs ad technology like ever before. Colleges understand the need of that they’re plugged in too.

The past few years have witnessed some of the biggest technological advances in colleges since the laptop first began to make a widespread appearance on campus a decade ago.

More than 90% of students use email to communicate with their professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven out of 10 students are taking notes on their keyboard instead of the traditional pen and paper method, all students who own an e-reader and most other digital tools when preparing a presentation.

Polls have stated that in the year 2009, students spent $13 million dollars on electronics alone. May people are making the internet source their educational gateway. Twelve million students take at least one class online today. In five years time that number is projected to exceed 22 million. By 2014, analysts say, more than 3.5 million students will take all their classes online.

These might be beneficial for college students, but not so much to high school students. Our young generation is highly involved in digital screens; they pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning. As there are so many distractions even on social media as well. At the same time so many universities  incorporating social media tools like twitter to help facilitate there students to have interactivity and discussion on the go!

Researcher say the love of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people.
The risk they say is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks and less able to sustain attention.
Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing.

Last year, a few principles started complaining, because students were showing up bleary-eyed, at least in part because they were late up on their computers, leaving no choice but pushing back first period to 9am, an hour late. Kids are caught between two worlds, Entertainment and the Reality world.

It’s hard to imagine our lives without technology: Computers, Laptops, music players, cell phones, telephones and the most revolutionary, the Internet. All of these form part of our daily life, and living without them seems almost impossible now. So we wonder how it was for our parents and grandparents or for all those contemporary adults who have been exposed to the revolutionary wonders of technology. In short terms, it has been a life changer. The impact technology has had on our society can truly be measured by the Generation X (adults born in the 60s and 70s) and how their lives have improved ever since the first commercial computer in 1975, the first cell phone in 1983, and even more so, the first computers with Internet in the 1990s. I will focus only on the past three decades and how the main three technological advances have influenced our lives, for the better or for the worst.

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