The Influence Of Technology In The 21st Century

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The 21st century is an era of fast growing media and technological advancements. The influence of media is really high in such a scenario. The younger generation always has a tendency to go along with the trends set by the media. They are really fascinated by the advancement of technology and internet based media gets more attraction and attention of adolescents. A new Pew Internet Project report reveals that 93% of teenagers of age between 12‐17 go online, as do 93% of young adults age between 18‐29. (Lenhart, 2010) It shows the increasing tendency to go online of this particular age group. Over the past ten years, teens and young adults have been constantly the two groups most likely to go online (Lenhart, 2010). Smart phones and other…show more content…
To capitalize upon such opportunities, schools and families eagerly facilitate Internet use. In the contemporary society children are under the influence of different forms of media that have affected them in different ways. It has influenced their personality traits, their cognitive functioning, their social relationship, family relationship and academic performance etc (Cotten, 2008). When adolescents indulge in the internet use, it reduces their face the face communication with their friends and family. They largely depend up on internet to the academic home works, it can lead to reduce their thinking capacity and creative thinking and it also leads to wastage of time browsing on the internet (Tamina, 2013). At the same time the internet has negatively affected the mental and physical functioning of the children. Currently internet addiction among the adolescents is very common phenomena (Cho et, al., 2013) and adolescents have a natural tendency to use the internet for for leisure and entertainment. Sometimes children are seen to be absent minded in the class, show poor academic performance, lack attention and all these issues are the result of internet addiction which negatively affect the performance and active engagement of children in various contexts (Chen & Fu,…show more content…
People find momentary pleasure in their addiction. Peele (1991) explained the psychological catch of addiction as it gives the person feelings and gratifying sensations that you are not able to get in other ways. Young (1996) suggested that this type of disastrous thinking may contribute to addictive Internet use in providing a psychological defence mechanism to stay away from real or perceived problems. In successive studies, found that maladaptive cognitions such as low self-esteem and worth and clinical depression prompted pathological Internet use (Young, 1997). Individuals who are dissatisfied or distressed by a particular area or multiple areas of their lives have an increased likelihood of developing Internet addiction because they don’t understand another way of coping (Young
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