Get moving; don’t get lazy on technology

3 Comments 07 February 2012

By Kassem Sleiman
Unis Middle School

Kids don’t feel like doing anything these days.

Why, you ask? There are many reasons why kids are getting lazy nowadays, but the biggest factor is technological advances.

Before the 21st Century, kids still did activities that required lots of movement. But when technology started to advance, they seemed to depend on technology for everyday life. Believe, me depending on technology for everyday life is a horrible habit.

Nancy Wilke, the school counselor, said she doesn’t really think kids are failing because of technology because kids are choosing to do whatever they want, so its not technology’s fault.

Teacher Pamela Anderson

Teacher Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson, 8th grade language arts teacher, said technology makes information more easily available for kids, but then students don’t use their brains and act as though they think the computer is their brain.

Technology is not always on your side. The effects of technology can result in lots of things, like obesity and laziness. Kids always expect a computer or technological device to do their work for them, so they never do anything on their own.

For example, on a school report or essay, kids usually type them out on the computer. If they accidentally get deleted, then they have to redo them. A way to solve problems like that and save time is instead kids could just write it out on paper, then type it out so they don’t lose their work.

Another problem is that technology helps kids become obese because kids tend to always be in front of a computer screen or TV. They just stay there for hours instead of doing activities that could be beneficial.

Before technological advances, kids used to actually do activities that required movement and they weren’t as obese. Obesity is becoming a big problem in the world now.

Technology also makes kids not pay as much attention to school as they used to. Now kids always want to play video games or use the computer instead of focusing on their schoolwork, which can result in kids failing. Ways to solve that problem is that parents could make their kids spend less time on technology and more time on schoolwork so they don’t fail on their report card.

I asked if they want technology to keep advancing the way it has and their answers were identical. They both want technology to keep advancing.

What do you think about this?

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3 Comments so far

  1. Mitchel Ayad says:

    I under stand how you would think that it is technology that is making kids obese. But if you also have to think of the good things computers have given us just like right what am using right now, a computer to leave my comment on this issue. I dont believe it is only the childs fault, it could also be the parents. using technology is time consuming may be the parent should give them a limit like an hour a day or something. And how do you mainly find information on things and don’t say books cause you know you use the computer more.

  2. April Kincaid says:

    Well thought out Mitchell! You brought up some great points to think about. A time limit on computers is a great idea.

  3. mohammad wehbe 4th hour says:

    I think it is true that kids are spending to much time on the computer. Technology helped kids by giving them imformation about things they never knew about. Without technology we would never be where we are today because technology is also the cars, tvs, and computers. As you also said, it is too much of a habit to get off the computer so it would take forever for us to actually stop using the computers. I know kids are not going outside because of computers, but parents giving kids time limits that is something I will not agree on but if we have to I would say 1-3 hours on the computer. I have nothing else to say except that you did a great job :) !

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