Millennials adopt technology


Cheyenne Inman

Students use phones to create a pillar of technology.

Brianne Garner, Assisstant Editor

When you walk down the hallways at school, or pass others in WalMart, driving down the street, or even just sitting at home, there is one thing that almost everybody has in common: technology.
This is the technologic generation. So many people today have a phone in their pocket, or a computer at home. It’s everywhere. This can be seen as a bad thing. However, there are so many positive outcomes of using technology.

“Each new advance is just a small step forward for them, something that seems logical,” writes Chris Nickson in the article How a Young Generation Accepts Technology on A Technology Society. He goes on to say, “The whole of technology can seem like a giant playground, with its devices like toys to be explored and enjoyed. They’re enthusiastic about technology, even if they don’t realise it … It’s not greed as much as curiosity, [they] want to see what’s out there and play with it.”

Teens today aren’t as careless as they are often portrayed. To them, technology is a way of getting to meet new people, connect with those who think like them, and like the same topics. According to studies done by Pew Research, about 60% of teens have their settings set to ‘private’ on their social media. Similarly, many teens go through their accounts and delete old posts and block people they no longer associate with.

Along with these stats, Pew found that over half of the teens on social media use false information, or aren’t always telling the truth about situations. Most of this is due to not wanting to get in trouble with their parents. Since most of these students are more concerned with their parent’s reactions, than a predator online.

According to Growing Wireless, 51% of high school students carry their phones with them all day long at school, while only 28% of middle school students carry theirs. 91% of these students use social media on their phones.

While cell phones can be considered a distraction in the classroom setting, there can be some good in these devices as well. Apps can be used for things like keeping track of grades and homework assignments, when learning new languages, and making flashcards. Cell phones can be used for things other than social media, and texting.