Every 10 years or so a new generation was born. From baby boomers to millennials, generations and their stereotypes have stretched back past World War I. This generation: the iGeneration, also known as generation Z or the homeland generation (Post 9/11).
Each generation was known for something and the newest generation was laziness and smartphone addictions. As a generation, students need to better utilize the assets they were born into that have the possibility to make a difference.
Children of this generation, which ranges from elementary school to college, have grown up with technology as a constant. As a result, this generation has become overly dependent on devices. A study conducted recently by the Center on Media and Child Health and the University of Alberta found that 67 percent of teachers observed that the number of students who are negatively distracted by digital technologies in the classroom is growing and 75 percent said students’ ability to focus on educational tasks has decreased.
Another detriment from the constant use of technology was the source of news. Most students gather news from social networks. Students also tend to lean towards servers that “disappear and self-destruct” such as Snapchat, Whisper, and Secret. On Instagram, teens worry about their feeds and likes on posted pictures.
These addictions to the smartphones and social media affected all teens and students. The constant need to check social media or respond to others instantly elicited a feeling of inclusion.
In another poll from Common Sense Media, nearly 80 percent of teens in the new survey said they checked their phones hourly, and 72 percent said they felt the need to immediately respond to texts and social networking messages.
Students are also affected in the long run by losing their touch with reality and human interaction. According to New York Health, a recent study results suggested that digital screen time, even when used for social interaction, could reduce the time spent developing skills to read non-verbal cues of human emotion.
The iGeneration has struggled with its technology addiction, but also has found ways to break out of their stereotypes. To help better utilize their technology, students could use their technology for beneficial things, such as learning to code or supporting important causes. Students could also put the devices down, take a break, and go talk to someone – electronic free.