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  • Writer's pictureMa Luisa Loque

The Pros and Cons of Technology in Student Life

I have personally encountered both the advantages and disadvantages of technology as a student in my academic career. The enormous amount of knowledge that is readily available online is a big benefit of technology. For instance, using search engines like Google or online libraries like JSTOR, I can quickly uncover pertinent information if I need to do some research on a particular subject for an assignment. My study is more productive and efficient since I can quickly and readily access e-books, scholarly journals, and other internet resources.

The capability of distant collaboration with colleagues is another advantage of technology. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, my school switched to online instruction. Regardless of our geographical locations, I could collaborate with my students on group assignments or projects using video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Group work would become more effective and efficient if we could share our displays and work together in real-time.

Online resources are very beneficial for research and education. To understand tough ideas or to be ready for tests, for instance, I have found online courses on YouTube or educational websites like Khan Academy to be beneficial. Having access to explanations that match my learning style and pace has made learning more convenient and pleasant.

Technology does, however, have some disadvantages. The potential for distraction is a significant drawback. It's simple to lose focus and squander time when social media, online gaming, and other temptations are just a click away. When I should be studying, I often find myself going around social media or watching YouTube videos. To maintain focus on academic work, self-control and avoiding these distractions are crucial.

Technology has also made the distinction between personal and professional life more hazy. With the flexibility to access work and study materials at any time and from any location, it's simple to get sucked into a never-ending cycle of work. For instance, I've often found myself staying up late to respond to emails or do projects. To prevent burnout, it's critical to emphasize self-care and take pauses.

In conclusion, technology has completely changed how students live their lives by facilitating remote cooperation, enabling access to a wealth of knowledge online, and providing useful tools for research and study. Yet it's also critical to be aware of potential diversion sources and the value of preserving a healthy work-life balance. We may use the advantages of contemporary technology while avoiding its negatives by learning to establish a balance between using it to improve our academic performance and avoiding the traps that come with excessive use.


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