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5 Ways Technology is Changing Your Child’s College Experience

Technology has become our main source of communication, learning, and entertainment. A new study from Ball State University found that 99.8% of college students have some kind of cellphone. Technology has expanded access to education. Hundreds of years ago, books were rare and were only for the wealthy people. Today, loads of information are uploaded daily to the internet; changing the way we perceive time.

Business and Communication

As stated in Connectmogul, 70% of Americans use their smartphones to text and 91% keep their phones within arms reach at all times. Technology has become an essential for communication. Students earning a master’s degree in business administration use social media; such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep up to date and because they’re interesting. Many other types of students use text messaging, e-mails, or Facebook to avoid talking to people directly. Studies show that students are informed of the increased benefit of personal socialization, yet still consider impersonal communication.

Learning and Training

Technology is an influential tool that can support and revolutionize education in many ways, from making it easier for teachers to make instructional materials to enabling new ways for students to learn and work together. Technology supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and increases student commitment and motivation. Online educational resources, such as Khan Academy and Reading Plus can increase the rate of learning and reduce the cost of materials. Due to technology, forms of communication and collaboration is a huge part of the learning experience. For example, virtual reality (VR) training systems are changing the way we learn and train for specific things, like football.  They are also beginning to be used in the healthcare field to help guide surgeons through surgeries.

Entertainment

Technology has provided people with even more creative ways to take up time, such as Xbox, Nintendo and television. There are many pros and cons with electronics. A study by Information Solutions Group for Popcap Games found out that playing video games can improve concentration and help increase attention span. On the other hand, technology causes teens to be more isolated from others and spend less time with family. Today, interaction between individuals is slowly decreasing as people turn to technology instead of seeking to make a new friend at school or spending time outside. It doesn’t hurt to put down the Xbox controller or TV remote and pick up some friends and go camping, hiking, biking, going on scenic drives or extreme canyoneering. All of these activities can be done at Utah’s five national parks. Technology can hold us back from genuinely enjoying life with our family and friends.

Speed of Time

Technology could have a deep effect on the way we experience time. It makes us impatient for anything that takes more than seconds to reach. Technology is forcing us into a target time zone. Hyper-connectivity devices, such as cellphones, tablets and computers can subsidize a need for instant fulfillment and lack of patience. Individuals who use technology frequently are more stressed because they are more likely to feel like time is running out. There are different ways to change the mind into “slowing down time”. For example, listening and getting “lost” in music and life threatening events such as skydiving. Boredom tends to slow down the perception of time as well.

Greater approach to technology allows for greater interaction with content, peers and teachers, all of which play a huge role in helping students stay committed and excited about their studies. College students agree that technology improves their overall learning experience and lowers costs of textbooks, tutors, etc. Technology has widely expanded access to education, communication and entertainment.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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