I still remember the first day that my high school implemented the new Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT for short, system. It was my junior year, just a regular ol’ Wednesday except for now; we couldn’t get trouble for having our phones out!!!!! Or at least that’s how we saw it anyways. We didn’t know about all the opportunities we would have to learn using technology and frankly we didn’t really care, we were just excited to not use the whole “casually look down at your crotch” texting technique anymore. And now I can’t even remember a time when we didn’t have our phones and laptops and iPads and every other chunk of metal we call “technology” crowding our desk.
I truly don’t know if using technology had helped me or hurt me more in my learning adventure of college. It was definitely pointless in high school, no doubts about that. I honestly don’t even know what I learned in high school because I never STUDIED! I firmly believe that if I had studied as hard as I do now in college back in high school, I would have been flipping valedictorian instead of number 334 out of 806. But back to technology: the media has definitely influenced my learning experience in school greatly as well as in life overall. I think I was a tad to old to be heavily effected. As I mentioned before BYOT didn’t come to my school until my junior year and even then teachers didn’t really know what to do with it until after I had graduated and Instagram wasn’t popular until my senior year. But, the affect that the media and technology has had on the generation about five years younger than I is major. My little sister is 15 years old and she and her friends live off of technology, I doubt they even know what to do without it. Do they know what a newspaper is? Or how to look up words in a real, live dictionary?? Although the media becoming so popular and easily accessible to those who have had to do it that hard way for so long, I believe that the generations to come will suffer greatly and become unintentionally lazy and uncreative. My greatest fear is that our world will end up like the movie WALLE where everyone turns into overweight slobs that have hoverboard-like chairs that carry them everywhere to the point that they can’t even walk anymore because of their lack bone mass. I fear that technology being incorporated in every aspect of life like it is now will turn the human race into those incapable humans.