How does technology impact students in today’s world?


Tobey Alonzo’s students are all playing Kahoot on their devices.

Grace Mejia-Aveledo, General Staff Reporter

Everywhere you look, you are most likely going to see a majority of teenagers on their phones, but do you ever stop and think what impact that has on the student and their mental health, school effort, or attention span?

In today’s world, everyone is always on some sort of device. Whether it’s a laptop, phone, or iPad, the majority of students are mostly always staring at a screen. Even at school, students spend seven hours doing their work on a laptop. 

Although some may disagree, research has it that technology has an impact on the mental health of our youth.  Educators and parents try to pinpoint the cause of our youths’ downfall of their mental health, and all reasoning leads to technology. Teens have so much to access with their phones, and adults don’t know what teens are intaking everyday.

50 percent of teens may have a technology addiction. With that being said, teens are on their devices late at night causing a lack of sleep, which can lead to a depressed mood.

Students who spend more time on technology may notice a decrease in their grades. When you increase the amount of screen time you have, it means less time to do homework.

This also ties into the lack of sleep. If you’re up all night on your device, you’re obviously going to be tired the next day. This may cause students to fall asleep during school, which jeopardizes the amount of information they are consuming.

Another negative effect technology has on students is a lower attention span. Teens are so used to having everything up in a second because it’s all in the palm of their hand. With having quick access to whatever they want, also comes being impatient because they usually never have to wait too long for whatever it is they are wanting to pull up on their phone.

For example, Teens do not have to wait to watch a movie or a show. They could just watch it on any site of their choosing or buy it if they do not have access to it. 

All in all, limit your screen time and verbally talk to your peers once in a while. It’s good to get out of your room and take a break from staring at a screen all day.