A like on Instagram, a new snapchat, a text message. This seems to be what consumes teenagers’ minds. The 5C iPhone just came out, and this is just the latest piece of technology to come our way.
But, is this too much?
Teens now can be more caught up on Twitter on their computer than going outside and enjoying the fall weather. I personally have witnessed the effects of technology during Hurricane Sandy.
I had lost power for five days, but those five days felt like five years to me. However, finally being disconnected from all of my technology opened my eyes up to what I was missing. My family actually all sat together for once for dinner, not my brother at one TV, my dad on the computer, and my mom and I watching a show together at the other TV.
My family and I actually bonded over playing board games to keep ourselves entertained in the candlelight or just talking about the news we had heard about Hurricane Sandy’s damage from our neighbors. Instead of just asking the usual question about how each other’s days were, we actually tried to have conversations with each other.
On the other hand, technology is now becoming more of a prevalent part of our lives. In professions in the fields of communications and media, technology is utilized every day. Although Facebook accounts and more can be looked at for jobs, some jobs in these fields require an extensive knowledge on social networking. Using technology was an important part of the 2012 presidential campaigns, especially to gain the attention of young voters.
Through my experience of Hurricane Sandy, I did feel that teens can sometimes become absorbed in their world of technology. On the other hand, the use of technology does have its own benefits. I think teens really just need to learn how to balance technology with their other activities.
Written by Esha Deshmukh, a senior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford