Technology is a major factor in the lives of millions of students. Wherever we go, we see technology improving the lives of students. However, as useful as technology is, it has a dark side that affects students in a dangerous and bad way. So, this leads us to the controversial question:Is technology a boon or a curse?
Technology today is an integral part of everyday life. Rapid advancements in the field has increased the pace of life,effectively coordinating reality with imagination. In other words we virtually move with our thoughts and as we look ahead, today’s technology becomes out dated tomorrow.
Even outside the classroom, students can share notes online, research, annotate, collaborate on work, have study groups, share courses and create virtually creative content online with the help of apps like google drive.
Even social media platforms like facebook and twitter are places where students can connect with each other to share ideas, articles and other resources with each other.
The move today is towards paperless functioning and reduction of cash transactions for cutting of costs, preventing tax evasion and ensuring financial safety. Public examinations for schools, universities and even job offers are conducted and evaluated online with early announcement of results. Public and private departments, financial institutions and business enterprises have turned tech-savvy. Even security forces, intelligence agencies and the local police access computers for investigations and idata processing.
However, while all the above technological achievements deserve accolades and reflect on our scientific capabilities, we forget the loss of human touch. How often do we socially interact? A generation ago people met to exchange pleasantries and share views. Life moved at a slower pace but more qualitatively. Today, people meet and chat over the internet with total strangers whom they are never likely to meet in person. Family interactions, as had been known earlier, are no longer in vogue at the traditional dining room at home but characterised by distant correspondence across the globe with visitors proving to be more of a nuisance than a welcome presence under such circumstances.
The mobile phone in the pocket today is as important as the shirt on the body. In the absence of the mobile phone, life appears insecure. They are not mere instruments for conversation but also gadgets for photography, taping of conversation and storage of information both at home and office. This may also be an intrusion of privacy and a hindrance to exchange of confidential information whether at home or office. It may also prove to be a security hazard. Some institutions today prohibit the use of mobile phones within their premises for such reasons.The loss of or misplacement of a mobile phone creates a panic which was absent yesterday when the brain took care of storage of memory and timely delivery of output without SIM cards!
As students, we need to have a strict routine which balances fitness, studies and fun equally. Due to addiction to mobile phones and other browsing devices, there is an uneven pattern emphasizing more on convenience and satisfaction rather than outdoor and studying activities.
Technology is like a double-edged sword and we must utilize it properly. We must restrict gaming and browsing to certain hours of the day to avoid addiction. We must keep a balanced lifestyle with equal hours for studying, playing and browsing.