The pros and cons of technology
Pros and Cons of Digital Devices for Students
Guest Post by David Mitchell

Living in the era of technology, we are becoming more and more addicted to our personal digital devices. They play a tremendous role in our lives. In particular, young people use them every day and rely on them while studying. We should ask ourselves the following question: do digital devices help in our learning, or do they at least assist in developing our skills and abilities?

 

Advantages
Well, some years ago we couldn’t think about having phone conversations while driving our car, or reading the latest issue of our favorite newspaper during a holiday, being thousands of miles away from home. Our old way of living looks simpler now when we compare it with the days of dynamic inventions and stiff competition in the sphere of hi-tech today.

We used to go to meet our friends without using smartphones, and no one could call us and say: “Hey, I am late, please wait for 15 minutes or more.” We used to go to libraries and were pretty happy to find a valuable book, or were frustrated if someone had borrowed it before us. We used to keep lecture notes, without even figuring out that in the future students will use their mobile devices to get the (readily available) information they need.

Today students can take advantage of social media (Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.), various learning applications, a lot of tools for communication and obtaining information. To find valuable information or to connect with your teachers, professors, or classmates, is as easy as ABC. Now, you are able to take pictures during different events, prepare short videos with lectures (whether you are a teacher/lecturer, or not), record all the reports at a 3-day conference with your sound recording device, check the spelling of your written assignment, translate from multiple languages, and much more.

People can now communicate with the whole world, a lot of information resources are available on the net, professional networks are growing and improving their ways of communication. Neither students nor teachers could imagine their life without all those benefits.

 

Disadvantages
As stated by Financial Times, digital devices are not so harmful, unless you make use of them every hour. You shouldn’t allow yourself to get psychologically addicted to your smartphone, laptop or tablet. It is a gradual, slow process. First, you use those devices out of curiosity. Then you start using them regularly to connect with your friends, colleagues, and to have access to information. All devices and applications are made in such a way that users could get familiar with them easily. It will bring about the (improper) feeling that your smartphone, tablet, etc. is enough for you. Afterward, you will not need live communication and won’t see any point in going to libraries or reading print newspapers.

Now, you are a victim of two dangerous delusions; first, that social media provide you with proper tools for communication; and second, the information on the Internet is real knowledge. In reality, to stay in touch with invisible or almost unknown “friends” is merely false, non-authentic communication, which only appears to be real. It will satisfy your social needs just for a short period, but will do harm to your social life. You won’t be able to talk about your feelings, thoughts, and so on, in another way rather than typing comments or statuses on Facebook, or speaking with unknown people via Skype. And the second thing, a lot of chaotic information on the Internet is often misleading or incomplete. The same goes for various smartphone applications, which should make your life “easier.” Instead, they just give some shallow pieces of information, without good explanation. You don’t use your mental abilities and skills, but rely on machines to think instead of you. Well, sometimes going to the library is useful; you could find academic books that will give you plausible and well-justified material. To gain knowledge isn’t as easy as you think; it requires patience and a lot of efforts. According to academic experts at ConfidentWriters, knowledge is a matter of personal (human) thinking.

Balance
After briefly analyzing the negative and positive sides of using digital devices by students, to conclude, it’s worth mentioning that the traditional ways of learning should complement the modern ways (using smartphones, tablets, and so on). Try to find the balance between them, and remember not to allow yourself to be addicted to your smartphone because it could destroy your life. Take advantage of it, but quite reasonably. Always keep in mind that your critical thinking makes you intelligent, and not the hundreds of applications to which you have permanent access.

Author Bio: Dave has an extensive experience in academic writing helping students format and structure their essays and research papers. He frequently shares essay writing tips for students published on various educational platforms. His article on how to write an exemplification essay is used as a guide by international students.