Technology Influencing Teenagers Essay

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Kaylee Schmit Ms. Robotham Advanced Comp. November 20, 2015 Technology is Influencing Teenagers Don’t you find it annoying when everywhere you look you see teens on their phones? I think teenagers should limit how much time they spend on technology because it limits their communication abilities and takes up most of their free time. These are two major problems that teens today face. According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of teenagers text regularly, and one in three sends more than 100 texts per day. Texting has become the fastest way to communicate with someone. When my parents were my age, they didn’t have the technology like we do nowadays. They never had the convenience of contacting someone by a quick little text. Technology has …show more content…

Teens will more likely have trouble with communicating in school and even later on in life. Imagine going to a job interview and not having much experience with talking to people. Even though it may seem easier to just send a text, it can in reality create more drama. Text messages don’t show emotion, so what I think means one thing can be totally misinterpreted by another person. The second reason why technology is a bad influence on teenagers is that it takes up all of their free time. Today’s teens spend more than 7 1 / 2 hours a day consuming media — watching TV, listening to music, surfing the Web, social networking, and playing video games, according to a 2010 study of 8- to 18-year-olds conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Teenagers feel that if they aren’t doing anything, they should be on their phones. It doesn’t even have to be that they aren’t doing anything, just the temptation of the phone can be enough for them to be on it. I see people all the time with their friends, and they still feel the need to be on their phones when they should be talking with their friends. In some ways technology can be good for communication skills. “Unlike face-to-face meetings, which may feel uncomfortable for a teen who lacks social skills, Internet connections

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