technology irl How the beeping buzzing and ringing is AFFECTING our brains

Imagine this scene. You walk in a diner on a Friday afternoon and you see a group of teens all seated at a table. One girl is constantly taking pictures of the group and uploading them to her Snapchat. One is texting their friend to tell them that they are meeting up. Still another is anxiously checking her Instagram to see if she is getting the “right” amount of likes. This scene shows what a big role technology plays in a teenager’s life. Different types of technology impact teens lives.

The other side of technolgy

Social media can give teens an outlet to say things that they would not say in real life teens online are protected by their anonymity. It is known that teens will say things that they do not mean or they would not mean in real life. Also teens feel the need to be perfect because online people can edit themselves to perfection. This can cause stress in real life. Teens who feel the need to be perfect can suffer from depression. Studies show that teens are becoming a lot less social now with social media. ‘’In exploring intimacy, Gardner and Davis saw repeated signs of greater isolation. Although social media can enhance friendships and family relationships'',

why you should LIKE social media

Social media can also be good for many reasons. A shy person can be more outgoing online, which could lead to them having more friends in real life. It’s easier to stumble upon an old friends Instagram and to start a conversation than to get their number. I have found many of my camp friends through Instagram and it is a good way to keep in touch. When we have likes or comments on social media it is a feeling similar to winning money. This positive response can make us happier. ‘’In fact, according to a report last year by the nonprofit child advocacy group Common Sense Media, one in five teens said social media makes them feel more confident, compared with 4% who said it makes them feel less so.’’ Online it is easier to find people with similar interests as you. ‘’ another benefit is for kids who might feel slightly isolated to connect with other tweens and teens who share their same interests,’’ says Rebecca Levey, a co-founder of a video sharing website.

Sleep

Having technology can negatively affect teens a lot. If you use technology before bed it could actually make you stay up later. Studies show that's screens emit a blue light that can reduce the release of melatonin. According to sleep.org, “The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm.” Melatonin is the hormone that makes you sleepy. Not getting enough sleep can make you grumpy during the day. Not only does it affect your chemistry but it is also distracting. When you’re trying to get some sleep your friends could still be active and making your phone light up and buzz. If you’re lying in bed and you hear your phone go off you probably pick it up and it can make it harder to go to bed.

The positive

While technology can impact our sleep it can positively affect our day too. There have been many advances in technology that help us in our daily lives. Phones and computers make doing research a lot easier. There are a lot of apps to make planning, banking and even grocery shopping easier. Apps can help you set reminders and alarm clocks. Now even working from your phone is possible. Everything is in one place It help people be more efficient. Nobody can argue that technology has helped us alot

Technology has changed our lives a lot. There are many things technology has made worse and thing that are better now. Different types of technology impact teens lives.

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