YOUNG VOICES: Use technology, but don't let it rule you

2012-10-01T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Use technology, but don't let it rule youBy Kevin Surney
October 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Over the years, technology has enhanced the possibilities and means of receiving information, especially among young adults. The current technological age provides endless amounts of information for the younger generations to feed upon.

Young adults, in particular, should use all resources within reach, for their generation has witnessed the most advancements in the technological field thus far. They will be the ones to shift from this era to the next one; therefore, knowledge is essential.

It is an age where kindergarteners are computer savvy and grandparents, who are more familiar with the traditional forms of communication, can even browse websites with ease.

Technology consumes the masses to points where individuals will camp out for days to purchase the latest gadget, regardless of inclement weather. This is how technology can create problems when taken to those lengths.

Young adults who engulf themselves in technology are presented with distractions that can hinder them. Their grades might begin to spiral downward from not being attentive in class, texting a friend with an abbreviation-laced broken language, focusing more on the technology than the information they should be receiving.

Know when to use the technology, and use them in platforms not associated with the classroom.

It is imperative for young adults to respect technology, for if not respected, critical situations can arrive. For example, looking down to text while driving can lead to serious injuries, even fatalities. And some young adults are videogame lovers, who would rather hold the joystick than prepare the thousand-word essay due by next class, resulting in a bad grade.

I urge young adults to focus on the information you can receive from these technologies, use your resources, but don't let them be a distraction in your lives.

Kevin Surney of Merrillville is a junior at Indiana University Northwest.

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