Considering how much technology is taking over and advancing, it’s obvious why technology would constantly be in mind. Whether it’s a social media app or a text message, it could be distracting!
Technology is definitely taking over, but is it too distracting? Considering the impact technology has had on the 21st century, it wouldn’t be hard to believe.
Being distracted by technology is not necessarily a good thing. Many people have been injured – or in many cases died – by texting while driving. It’s illegal and very dangerous to text and drive, but someone might think an immediate reply is necessary.
Technology also may distract students from school. How many students would prefer making a PowerPoint presentation about the periodic table over watching their favorite series on Netflix?
The same goes for when someone is on the job; it’s very easy to be distracted by phone games.
Someone might say, “Phones aren’t even distracting, it depends all on the person.” This might be somewhat true, but it’s controversial. Even if people don’t care about their phones, they’re still going to check on them to see if they have notifications. After all, they have phones for a reason.
For people constantly distracted by technology, here are a few tips that might help. Teach yourself to check your phone the least possible amount of times; or instead of checking your phone, try a healthy substitute like reading a book. A person’s phone could also be left behind from work or daily errands.
Being constantly distracted by technology is not healthy. There’s nothing wrong with staying connected, but remember to stay connected with real life too. Remember to look up for a while, put your phone down and live your life.
This article is part of Youth Speak Out, a new section in The AV Times featuring editorials by participating Lancaster High School students. Read more about this initiative here.