Technology takes over teens

Nick Piwko ‘14
Photographer

Adam Acker ‘14, sends a text on his phone, then checks Twitter, and maybe Facebook. Like many teens, he is constantly keeping up with what’s hot on the Internet. Photo by Nick Piwko ‘14.

Adam Acker ‘14, sends a text on his phone, then checks Twitter, and maybe Facebook. Like many teens, he is constantly keeping up with what’s hot on the Internet. Photo by Nick Piwko ‘14.

Inventor Ben Franklin himself did not think it was going to be this big. In 1752, Franklin experimented with electricity. As the years went by, more and more technology has been invented using this valuable resource. Cell phones, computers, televisions and so many products are considered technology. From when Thomas Edison first lit up a light bulb, to more then 200 years later where technology lights up major cities, it is the greatest invention of all.
Technology is everywhere. People might not realize it because they have been around it their whole life. This generation relies on technology so much that they may forget how to do simple things, like hold a conversation with another person without doing it on a phone. Kids in this generation often do not talk to the people he or she text but they can hide behind a cell phone.
“It makes kids very unsociable. They would rather sit at home on a computer then go on dates or hangout with friends,” said supervisory aide Scott Smith.
Although technology has been subject to criticism in schools across the country, there are several benefits to technology that aid in students’ learning. Cell phones, computers and the occasional tablet in the classroom can help students with class work.
“When I use my phone in my class, most of the time I am looking up how to do the class work, especially when I don’t get the way my teacher explains the problems. The problem is when I’m on my phone, my teachers think I’m texting my friends. They don’t get that now-a-days phones can do so much more and it really helps,” said Anthony Ianitelli ‘14.
Technology has helped immensely in the business world. Corporations can get their businesses’ name out farther than before. Ads on the Internet can be annoying, but that’s the way a business can get its name across. Email has been a crucial part of business communication. It helps with owners to communicate with distributors and customers seamlessly.
“Social media can be used as a marketing tool to increase your sales; which will inevitably increase your profits. Technology has increased the speed of business success. Time is money, so the faster you can get your job done in a greater speed, you will be able to increase profits. If you’re in business, it’s all about making profits. To be on social media site or the internet is a great advantage for corporations,” said Joe Naniewicz, business teacher.
On the other side of it helping jobs and businesses, it can also ruin them. With all the technology in the work place, it is taking away jobs for people that need them the most. Factory workers and teachers are just two examples of professions that technology is starting to affect.
“People don’t realize technology in the workplace cuts certain jobs because of the use of machinery. It also takes away from teachers because with all the technology, kids will start to teach themselves and soon that will take away jobs from them (teachers) as well,” said Steve Marino, supervisory aide.
“My new iPhone 5 is great but now that I see the iPhone 5s is out, it really makes me want that. I just want the newest thing available so I can have all the extra things they put into it. New is always better so I would like to get a new phone soon,” said Matt Alanskas ‘17.
This generation is glued to their devices for updates on what friends are doing. It started with Myspace; then Facebook slowly came into the big picture, but now it is all about Twitter.
“I’m always on Twitter. That’s just what I do when I’m bored in school or at home. If I’m awake, I’m on Twitter scrolling and refreshing the page for the next tweet. It is a huge thing in my life. I don’t know what I would do without it,” said Katie McBryar ‘14.
It is hard to avoid technology. It is a big part of teenagers’ lives and going to be an even bigger part in the future.