Nowadays our world is suffering from total digital interference. Teenagers are affected the most by the consequences of virtual life as it replaces an ordinary one with its activities and daily issues. A recent realizing that a tablet could not take the place of friends, teachers, and parents provokes a question about advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet.
Both private users and official bodies are concerned about queries about this issue, but still, there is no answer. Whereas for children the consequences of Internet abuse are dramatic, among them are sleeping pattern, attention disorders, addictions and therefore the tantrums of not getting enough time for surfing the net. The younger generation that had access to the information and digital word from an early age is now identified as Generation Z.
Technology for teens is a part of their growing up, and they don’t have to learn and discover how to use an app or a programme as it comes by the light of nature. Moreover, they are able even to enhance, and further develop things that perplexed the previous generations.
There are the following positive sides we witnessed among current consequences:
• Down-to-earth outlook on life and future regarding career and finance
• Awareness of local and global issues and willingness to help
• Confidence due to having accessible tools for self-expression
• Entrepreneurial set of mind
• Defiance of the social norms
• An innovative approach to common things
For some teenagers, the Internet became a platform to embody their ambitious ideas, and now we see a surge of young geniuses and entrepreneurs. There is the number of the youngest millionaires increased comparing to what we have seen before. These young businessmen have successfully realized the ideas and made money on their contributions to the world. Being mindful, they actively donate to charity.
In the midsts of cons are the next ones:
• Conscientiousness due to a perception of the virtual life as the real one
• Dependence on the opinion of strangers
• Social anxiety and loneliness
• Body dysmorphia and other disorders.
As we can see, there are still lots of arguments on both sides, and this theme is going to be on the tapis as strong bonds connect teenagers and technology.
Children have access to the variety of learning programs. They can get access to the best college courses before they turn 18. A well-trained curious mind easily builds upon such opportunities.
Teenagers are no longer focused on the prestige of a particular university as the previous generation did. Tech-savvy kids look at the value the education offers specifically to their needs. Some of them have useful applications that enhance the learning process or even become the only point of access to education.
Others prioritize the importance of tasks and delegate boring homework to writing services. They are more likely to choose to buy an essay rather than waste free time fulfilling it. Sometimes it’s ok that someone good in writing can write my thesis or essay for me than I will miss the exam or get an non-sleeping nights with my lessons.
Another advantageous point of self-education online is practice. Modern interactive classes provide students with the experience they need to accomplish the tasks of a certain job. For this reason, more teens start working much earlier than their parents did. With the start they take, they are likely to go far with their ambitions.
The teenagers as a generation strongly believe that they are the only ones steering their career, most likely to establish their own business, or work with a boss they can respect. They want passionate and meaningful employment defying regular 9 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule.
Now if we talk of strictly negative sides, we see depressed children bombarded with perfectly photoshopped pictures and unrealistic lifestyles. As a result, it increases mood-swings, and feelings of isolation and anxiety.
Having a distorted perception of the reality induces issues with body image. School bullying moves outside the school evolving into cyberbullying.
Despite being more realistic than the previous generation, it is noticeable how the teens are also more mindful. They are less interested in trolling but become concerned with self-development using online technologies and making a change to a local community or even contributing to a global cause.
Lately, the youngsters are more likely to post what actually stands behind their pictures. Another fact is that even shy and introverted teens with a barrier from the direct interaction could express their personality and communicate through online networks.
In the attempt to seize the opportunities available in a couple of clicks children learn how to make choices, prioritize activities and manage time effectively. Put meaningful experiences first and dedicate less time to pointless entertainment.
Both sides to the exposure of the devices and the Internet in the early age have strong positive and aggravated negative consequences. Just like with any other aspect of life, the balance should be saved by limiting the use of social media and the Internet. Having developed this routine, the use of technology becomes a substantial benefit for a teenager.