These days when talking about technology, most people will inevitably mention teenagers. It is true – teens are obsessed with technology, but there are definitely benefits to this obsession.
Technology greatly helps a number of people. Teens use computers constantly – for school work, communication, sharing pictures and for entertainment purposes. Computers continue to change the world every day, opening countless opportunities for teens. They hold an immense amount of information; anything teens want to know is right at their fingertips. People often run errands and even shop without ever leaving home.
Teens also use the Internet to communicate effectively with others around the world. Social networking websites have mushroomed in popularity over the past several years and now represent a main line of communication for young people. Teens use sites such as Facebook, Skype and Twitter to stay connected with friends and have a good time.
However, while some might argue that the Internet provides a means for procrastination, teens also use it for schoolwork. Computers allow teens to complete work faster and more easily. Typing an essay is easier and more enjoyable than writing a report by hand or researching a subject in a book. With the speed and power of search engines, online dictionaries and encyclopedias, teens can find information anywhere and at any time.
Another method of receiving information is through the cell phone. Despite their bad reputation, cell phones are vital to teens’ lives. The most common way that teens use cell phones is for ease and convenience. Like the Internet, cell phones help teens stay in contact with friends and family everywhere.
Even more than calling, people stereotype teens as constantly texting. However, texting is not the evil that many adults portray it as. Texting saves time when teens are in a hurry and allows them to multitask.
In addition to texting though, teens use their phones to send pictures, listen to music, play games and access the Internet – all of which represent the great opportunities technology offers.
Many technological advances benefit not only teens, but adults, too. Items such as electronic book readers save paper and money. Although the initial cost of this gadget is high, after about a year the savings on book prices usually pay for the eBook reader. Teens want everything fast and on the go so these electronic books are perfect. They are another way that technology provides us with instant gratification and enhances peoples’ lives.
Technology in general has a positive effect on teens. Technology’s benefits far outweigh any drawbacks created by fast, modern gadgets. It gives us a way to relieve stress and escape from reality, improves our tools for learning and helps us communicate with anyone around the world.