Multitasking: Technology and Better Essay-writing Skills

Submitted By Sisahmarie
Words: 1512
Pages: 7

I agree with the Stanford researchers, to an extent. I believe that multi-tasking has affected my life and others. I have always been interested in technology and socializing on that same technology. So, since my younger years, I have had an attraction to the newest media and most popular way to connect with others. I feel like I used to learn much more easily when I was younger and less distracted by technologies. The brain scans interest me. I like how the doctor pointed out that the amount of activity in a brain scan does not necessarily matter, but the area of activity is what is important and should be studied further. I personally have not had anyone fail school because of gaming, but I would not be surprised if it happens often. I’m not a huge gamer, so it’s difficult for me to relate specifically to gaming addicts. I’m more of a social media buff and I tend to justify any overuse as a sort of practice for my future career goals that incorporate media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. The US should consider creating some sort of program for those whose lives are being negatively affected by gaming. It seems that people are so offended by the term addiction, but it’s only a word. Ok, so let’s not call it an addiction and maybe the world won’t be so reluctant to seeking treatment. It’s a life disorder, and if it has an unsought grasp on a life, then the situation needs to be addressed. It seems that South Korea is doing their best to be proactive about the situation with kids and gaming addiction. The facts have to be faced; we cannot be cut off from technology. Technology is a part of our lives and will continue to be. We all need to be more aware of our use, though. So, South Korea may be tapping into a good idea with their songs and signs in the school buildings. With these small reminders to the kids to keep in mind that they are in control of their technology use, the gaming problem may become less dramatic. Classrooms are more comfortable for the technologically savvy, now. The necessary resources are changing from paper, glue, and crayons to iPads and computer programs. Principal Jason Levy would say that this evolution is a positive change because the children will be using the same technology in their future workplace. Levy says that technology is like oxygen to the kids and that they need the technology to survive. Author, Todd Oppenheimer disagrees with the thought of technology being a necessary element of education. He believes that teaching kids in a technological manner halts the children’s ability to pursue one linear thought and that they get bored easily. Oppenheimer believes if the kids have access to all these different forms of entertainment, then they will multitask and complete only little bursts of work in between listening to music, checking text messages, and browsing the web. It seems that the world needs to find a balance between technology use and real-life interaction. No matter what the subject is, a healthy balance in life is most beneficial to those involved. Children need to understand that they can create a colorful picture without Photoshop, lets use the old-school crayons instead —let’s get our hands dirty and see what happens with paint and mixing colors. That way, a deeper understanding of color and hues will underlay the children’s graphic design skills. Having a physical memory attached to learning a skill will help all students remember the point and purpose of an activity. Author, Mark Bauerlein wants our generation to slow down, focus on one thing at a time and work toward completing a large goal in one setting. I wish that I had better essay-writing skills, but I specifically remember the teachers who taught me the basics of writing telling me to write in paragraphs and take breaks if needed. Because of these suggested breaks, I have almost always multitasked while writing essays and I believe that habit of distracting