Due to multitasking teenagers score lower on tests and homework assignments. According to Russell Poldrack, “Even if you learn while multitasking ... you cannot retrieve the information as easily” (Poldrack). This quote help shows when teenagers “learn” while multitasking they cannot remember the information as easily and will score lower on a test or homework, thus drop their grade. What’s the point of studying if not remembering the new or old information as easy happens. The whole point of studying is to get better and to remember the information better.
Today many people believe that texting and other instant messaging programs are ruining the grammar and the knowledge level of the growing youth of this day and age. I believe that texting is not ruining our language and grammar because it has brought about advancements in technology and creativity, new words, and opening up new paths for communication. Many people believe that texting is a scourge of our generation but few believe that it help. Many new things have come to exist with the technological advances such as texting. some parents feel like the technology use is too important in a child 's life but I urge them to look at it differently.
As mentioned by the National Sleep Foundation, teens not getting enough sleep can lead to a likelihood of experiencing depressed moods, and a risk of metabolic and nutritional deficits like obesity (“School Start Time and Sleep”). This means not only are the teens being negatively affected physically, but not enough sleep is also taking a toll on their mental health. In Rachel Feeley’s article she writes about her worries of kids not being able to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities if the school start times delay. However, her statement proves to be quite ironic since by worrying about the students’ health, Feeley is forgetting the negative aspects of early wake up
A vaccination is being introduced to the body which will then produce an immunity to a specific disease. While many people think that it’s not harmful to their children if they’re not vaccinated, they’re mistaken. There are many risks of not being vaccinated, which include disabilities and even a higher risk of catching a disease that could’ve been prevented in the first place. Not being vaccinated can sometimes lead to disability problems such as if there was an “Outbreaks of measles, mumps, and whooping cough are occurring around the United States—often among groups of children whose parents have refused to get them vaccinated”(Childhood 1). The side effects of these lead a child to catching pneumonia, inflammation in the brain, swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears and more.
There are some tradeoffs to including a drug test for welfare recipients. Most welfare recipients have children that are hungry and need the support. If their parents are drug addicts, their children would already have less available to them, but this would prevent them from receiving care. This discussion is emotionally significant because the children are developing and need these programs to cultivate into functioning adults. If we didn’t drug test individuals these families would receive the programs, but the mother/father may not be a productive and healthy
However, improving the culture may not always be the priority, as we all know the worth of money. Therefore, I believe that profit-oriented content will tend to do more harm than good to the mental development of children today. In fact, mentally degrading content are made available to kids all over the world at the end of their fingertips, despite the numerous exercises of parental controls in place today. Then again, we have to bring ourselves to ask why do our kids actually attempt to go after such things, as Dylan points out that this “may in fact just be a result of our modern times and the complexity of our own lives.” Johnson, on the other hand, provides an excellent solution, advocating a change in the way we decide what is best for our children. This may not be the perfect solution in its entirety, but is necessarily a step in the right direction.
The rise of new technology and media enables people to become more intelligent instead of harming our brain. Pinker explains the controversy that the constant arrival of information can distract people, however, the development of self-control should more necessary to pay attention to. Pinker asserts that “the effects of experience are highly specific to the experience themselves”(221). If people are trained in only one thing, they might be mastered in it. By contrast, if multitasks are assigned to them, they will not be able to perform them well.
The brain is a vital organ in the human body, and is the control center to one’s anatomy functions. A few examples of an action the brain performs are embarrassment and brain pruning. Embarrassment is when teens become more self-conscious and pursue social approval from others. In addition, brain pruning is when infrequently used neurons dissipate. Although both are functions of the brain, two differences between embarrassment and brain pruning are the causes and how embarrassment relates to being actively triggered, while brain pruning deals with memories or experiences.
There are new trends that adolescents show in the areas of media usage, relationships and habits. The explosion of information obtained through the media helps making learning more effective due to the accessibility to information and its ready availability. Media helps in the diverse opportunities of career and education by providing forums for blogging and other forms of writing along with developing social relationships. Though the influence of media and peers can be seen positively in the areas of education, career and relationships, there are new trends that are coming up due to these, which are not supportive for healthy adolescent development. The media usage that involves social networking has been high.
44% of males and 38% of males believe it hurts their grades . 46% and 50% of females believe it helps their grades. 13% of males and 9% of females did not answer this question . The numbers are very close for the answers. The students may believe that it hurts their grades because extracurriculars take up potential study and homework time.