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Teens today possess the power to do almost anything on their phones and technological devices. The video Impact of Social Media and Technology on Literacy and Learning touches on this topic. It brings out in the video that research shows “technology gives us quick access to a large volume of information that was unimaginable not long ago.” Yet, other studies suggest that young Americans are turning to the internet more than to their textbooks. Technology is like junk food, and I personally feel that the more technology advances people will be so used to getting what they want and work less hard to get it.The technology provides so much information and we nowadays rely on it so much that we forget normal life skills. That skill we lose is communication skills, it gets lost the more we use technology and eventually we don’t even know how to speak in person. An article titled How Technology Has Affected Communication says this about technology “our mobile phones enable us to communicate with hundreds or even thousands of contacts across a myriad of services and platforms with a few taps on the screen.” This being said, today it’s no longer necessary to use face-to-face contact and speech to communicate with each other. Now the only thing we have to do is use short SMS messages, leave a voicemail, or send a tweet from our phones to express communication all of which can be done with a couple of swipes of a finger. Another problem with technology, since it’s so easy, it makes us extremely lazy. This being the case in literacy, in an article by Nicholas Carr, titled  “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” he says “Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy.” He goes further to talk about the effects “Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do.” Technology is clearly making us more like the people from the Disney Pixar movie “Wall-e.” I even find myself in Nicholas’s situation where I can’t concentrate when I’m reading a book, get fidgety, and even look for distractions to keep my mind away from reading. This feels as if technology puts our minds into a more procrastinative setting and makes us want to be entertained more than anything. Finally, technology has affected the education system today and the way kids are learning. In the past, before the internet, students would rely on textbooks and extract the information stored in them to learn. Today it’s different, students still use textbooks for their classes but when the information does not come to them immediately they go straight to the internet for the answers.  An article in Psychology Today says that the use of technology can alter how the brain functions. The article says that “while video games may condition the brain to pay attention to multiple stimuli, they can lead to distraction and decreased memory.” Teenagers who always use search engines may become very good at finding information but not very good at remembering it. Students who rely on the search engine for learning are actually not learning much, in the end, the only thing to do is to go to the textbook, study hard to find the information, and take notes because it’s been proven that you remember more information when you write it down. Technology is like junk food, and I personally feel that the more technology advances people will be so used to getting what they want and work less hard to get it. Technology makes it where people are too lazy to have a conversation and have very poor communication skills. It even affects the brain and how it learns by making it harder to read and influences the brain to be more procrastinative. Lastly, technology has made it where students rely too much on the internet instead of textbooks to learn. Teens today need to balance out the usage of technology and seek the old-fashioned way of doing things, by talking to people, learning how to be disciplined to keep a focused mindset, and learning from a school textbook to retain more knowledge.

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