Blog Assignment #3- Myths of Progress on the Tech Frontier

The Wild Wild West
Myths of Progress on the Tech Frontier

"( pg. 257)in your textbook 
and review one of the following articles:

Draw connections in your response in your blog post to the  reading above, with attention to Twenges attitude and one of the articles portrayal on the subject  technology and specifically on the differences in their views . It may also be useful to research data on the teen demographic and their abuse of technology.


  1. A smartphone can destroy a generation because it can help people look up information they might need, such as how to get to a location or the answer to a question they might have. However people may rely on technology such as smartphone too much because they don't know how to get somewhere without looking it up, or how people are more interested in going online to post a picture of themselves as see how random strangers view them, then they actually care about interacting with their friends or family

  2. James Kwarta
    Smartphones and electronics are the most useful and helpful tools in the world right now. although smart phones are very helpful, they can also be very hurtful when it comes to time of use and using your screen to hide yourself. In the article written by Jean M. Twenge it states,"The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health." this quote explains how the world changed so drastically and how teens now act different with the new technology. before all the smartphones and tablets were around you would have to call your friends landline or just talk to them at school or whenever you see the person. another quote stated by Simon Hill says, "Smartphones enable us to avoid direct conversations altogether. We can chat via text messages, or in real-time on social media, but there’s a danger that we’re missing out on some important aspects of communication when we do this." this excerpt from the article explains how teens and adults will hide behind their screen to avoid conversation and avoid the real world. by doing this they are not practicing any social skills to prepare them for the world. in conclusion, a goal we should. have is to reduce usage of smartphones and devices and face reality and the real world a little bit more.

  3. James Fazio

    In today's age, Smartphones have taken over the world. Although these devices have impacted millions of people in a positive way, They're contributing too many problems in today's society. In the article written by Jean M. Twenge she states, "recent search suggests that screen time, in particular social media use, does indeed cause unhappiness." I can relate to this quote because every-time I am on social media, I get jealous of what other people are doing. When I am not using my phone, My stress levels are down and I get work done. Before Smartphones existed, Going out to parties and interacting with people was normal. If you wanted to hangout with your friends you would talk to them in school, walk to their house, or landline. Social interaction was pushed unlike today. The article states, "Eighth graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent, while those who play sports, go to religious services more than the average teen cut their risk significally." Kids in middle school shouldn't be dealing with depression and should focus on having fun with their friends. Social Media is a fake reality that hurts people internally and allows people to hide behind a phone rather than having a conversation. When you're young, practicing social skills is important because when you get older and you start applying for jobs, you will need to be good at socializing with co-workers, or anyone you meet. In conclusion, it's best that people reduce the amount of time they're on their phones and electronics and start living in reality.

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  5. Ram Rakkappan

    The facts demonstrate that smartphones sizeably affect society and different parts of life. Smartphone has affected nearly every part of human life. The popular sectors, where the impacts of smartphones are evident include industry, education, fitness, and social life. Mobile technology has dramatically altered societal expectations and human habits. The effects are also on the positive side and even on the negative side. There are many approaches that can help monitor and reduce the negative effects of Smartphone use in society by training people about how to use Smartphones smartly. The Smartphone looks like a palm-sized computer today but it has infinite potential.

    In the business insider, Turkle did also make a statement that “Personal tech is designed a lot like processed food” meaning that smartphone technology app designing companies are creating apps where people spend more time on it just like how processed food with added chemicals keeps people eating. As he says it’s exactly true as app designing companies create an app for people to make them spend the most time on it so that the companies are more profitable but it’s in no way profitable for the humans as they don’t spend their time interacting with other people. The use of smartphones has reduced the face to face conversation and has affected social life a lot.

    But while smartphones have made our lives simpler they can have a negative impact on us. The result is that we will not be able to survive without phones but we should take precautions to reduce the negative consequences. For eg, one might reduce the time he spends on his computer. One should try to talk face to face wherever possible instead of depending on his phone for any simple task. This will help us reduce the negative and improve the positive.

  6. Saurabh Subash Chand
    English 101

    Smartphones are one of the necessity and most popular forms of communication all over the world. Despite the fact that smartphones are one of the needs, it should be used in a legitimate way. Jean.M.Twenge notices sudden change in behaviour and the mental state with the teenagers these days. He calls the current generation as iGen. The appearance of the smartphone has drastically changed each part of youngster’s lives from the idea of social cooperation to their psychological well being. Kids nowadays are less likely to get into a car accident as they prefer to live indoors with their smartphones. But the rates of teen depression and suicide has raised since 2011. In the early era, kids worked in great numbers and they valued every single dollar. But the iGen teens aren’t working. Despite spending far more time with their parents under the same roof, they are not much close to their parents.

    The lack of personal interaction has led today’s teens to become more depressed than ever before. People nowadays are very much concerned about what others think of them and are very obsessed with their likes and comments. “Parenting can be exhausting and boring and repetitive especially if you have a kid who is tough to handle,” says Radesky. Each parent diverts to their cell phone every now and then for the amusement for themselves or for their child but the question is, “are we displacing any parent-child moment where children need to be taught social and emotional skills?”. Face to face interaction plays a vital role as it allows for a better exchange of information since both the speaker and the listener are able to see body language and facial expressions.

    Smartphones have a very strong ability to disrupt. It can influence our general well being and make us inclined to genuine ailments like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. We must limit our usage of smartphones and not let it control us. As smartphones are taking over our lives, we should realize when to draw the line. After all we are the proprietors not the smartphone.

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  8. Chandra Swaroop Reddy
    English 101

    Smartphone is one of today’s most crucial connectivity medium. Due to the pandemic the use and importance of smartphone increased rapidly. Behavioral change from one generation to the next generation is common especially in teenagers. Today’s teenagers have never seen or experienced an internet-free environment. Around 2012 Jean M. Twenge noticed the behavioral change in teens as compared to millennial generation has changed drastically because the American owning a smartphone exceeded 50% mark.

    From “Have Smartphone destroyed a Generation?” by Jean M. Twenge “The arrival of the smartphone has rapidly changed every aspect of teenager’s lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health”. Nowadays, teenagers spend a lot of time on smartphones rather spending time socializing with peers. Many teens feel comfortable and prefer to text friends rather call or interact socially. In other way, the teenagers are physically safer because many teens are spending free time in house, on their smartphones rather than getting into bike or car accidents or having alcohol at parties. The greater use of smartphones has harmful affects on their mental health. Since 2013, the number of teens reporting frequent feeling of loneliness and feeling left out has increased dramatically.

    Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor and psychologist said “What they say is basically, I will tell you what’s wrong with conversation, it takes place in real time and you cannot control what you are going to say” during a panel. So many students prefer to email questions instead of coming to office because they are obsessed and trying to hide imperfection and invulnerability behind the screens of smartphones.

    In conclusion, Smartphones has the capacity to destroy a generation physically and mentally or helps the generation to progress as never before. Thus, I request everyone to use the smartphone in a very effective way, restrict the usage hours and socialize with people face-to-face not virtually.

  9. Mariam Bacchus
    The article "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" by Jean M. Twenge discusses how the smartphone is detrimental to the lives of teenagers born between 1995 to 2012. The article draws connections between having a smartphone and acquiring independence by having a driver's license to happiness. The article states "Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media." Twenge also says that "Those who spend an above-average amount of time with their friends in person are 20 percent less likely to say they’re unhappy than those who hang out for a below-average amount of time." This information indicates that people who interact more with someone in person have an increased chance of feeling happy.
    Simon Hill's article "Are smartphones killing the art of face-to-face conversation? We ask the experts" discusses how due to smartphones, face to face conversations are becoming less common. The article states "'89 percent of Americans say that during their last social interaction, they took out a phone, and 82 percent said that it deteriorated the conversation they were in,' said MIT Professor, Sherry Turkle." The smartphone can lessen the impact of what could be a meaningful conversation. A difference between Twenge's article and Hill's article is that Hill's article specifically focuses on the effects a smartphone can have on face to face conversations.

  10. David Hong
    Smart phones are now in society's everyday life as it has turned into almost a necessity for most people. It has made major changes as to how people interact with each other. For example, some people prefer talking or texting on the phone rather than talking in person. Smartphones are both useful and harmful to society. Twenge argues that smart phones have caused major changes in people's lives, especially teens, and it has changed the views and experiences of the newer generations, but more in a bad way. A girl he called who lived in Houston told him "I've been on my phone more than I've been with actual people" which looks seriously bad. It makes it look like she's addicted to her phone and doesn't interact with other people well. In today's world, suicide rates, depression rates, and other bad things have gone up in the newer generations as people have less interactions with others and spend more time on their smart phones. It is very useful having a smart phone with you, but it should be used in moderation, while spending more time communicating with others in person and not on a device.

  11. Donato Zarro
    Smartphones are something that everyone has nowadays and it can be a good thing and a bad thing. I believe smartphones are good for staying safe and keeping in touch with people but it shouldn't be the main way of communication like we see here in this quote of a teenage girl one summer. “I’ve been on my phone more than I’ve been with actual people,” she said. “My bed has, like, an imprint of my body.” Teens grew up with smartphones and do not know how to live without it, which is pretty said. They rely on it like a lifeline and need it everywhere and anywhere they go. Why live your life over a screen when there is so much beauty in the world to see and experience away from the screen.
    Teens are not the only ones addicted to their phone too, adults can be just as bad. They got so used to the way of life in reliance to a smartphone they forgot how to truly live. People do not go on dates anymore, or hang out with friends as much, or just go outside in general. "Eighty-nine percent of Americans say that during their last social interaction, they took out a phone, and 82 percent said that it deteriorated the conversation they were in. Basically, we’re doing something that we know is hurting our interactions." Smartphones are destroying our way of communication and we are letting it, many people are aware of how bad it is but cannot stop it, like an addict they know what they are doing is bad but cannot physically or mental stop themselves. As a society we need to collectively agree to use our phones less and really be with the people around us more, not just being with them and our phone. We need to all eat at the dinner table together without a smartphone, or focus on the people we are with in person instead of the distractions on our phone. So, hopefully people start to use their phones less and use what is physically around them more by appreciating the beauty life has to offer.

  12. Joanna Cuenca
    Through the years the development of technology has increased astronomically creating a drift with reality for many people especially adolescents. As technology has become crucial for survival in today’s society it has opened up many opportunities as well as many setbacks for the new generations to come. technology is still brand new, there’s so much yet to discover about the toll’s internet/phones take on teens on their everyday life.
    Furthermore, technology has taken a mental toll on many adolescents as never before seen from years prior when technology wasn’t advanced or accessible for many people. Technology has skyrocketed depression and many mental illnesses for many young people. Since internet has come around it has made many young people compare themselves to unrealistic expectations, which can lead them to think that they aren’t doing enough that leave them in bad state of mind. In the article, “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” the graphs show ever since the iPhone have been released in 2007 hanging out with friends, getting your driver license, dating and sex has decline since they’re all caught up in their phones, they are forgetting there’s so much more to the world than a screen. As those aspects of an adolescent decreased many new has increased such as feeling lonely/ Left out,as well as lack of sleep.

  13. Mikayla Henderson

    Smartphones are in high demand these days in society, seeing as they have taken over the lives of the younger generations. Smart phones are the number one way to communicate with family, friends and peers and are probably the most helpful tool in today’s world, especially in 2020 during quarantine. But they have the potential to ruin future generations and increase more mental health issues in younger children and teens. The use of smartphones has dumbed down the newer generations to the point where they don’t know how to communicate with one another because they don’t get to experience the world as older generations used to do.

    In the article, “Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation” by Jean M. Twenge, Twenge explains how the generation between 1995 and 2012 have been shaped by the use of smartphones and the rise of social platforms. And while there can be negative effects on these teens, positive things also do come about, and most of the time can be both. In the article Twenge talks about how the teens of today are a lot safer than those a few years older than them because they stay in the comforts of their homes, or in the homes of their friends sitting on their phones, but it’s no secret that they have caused teens to be seriously unhappy and kill face to face conversation.

    Today teens avoid face-to-face conversations at all costs. In the article “Are Smartphones Killing the Art of Face-to-Face Conversation” by Simon Hill he explains that when we send texts, emails, snaps, what is said gets lost and there can be so much misinformation, miscommunication, people’s feelings getting hurt, because the art of communication is rapidly declining. People now break up with their significant others over texts, and everyone has lost the meaning of communication and empathy skills. The iGens cannot go one night without their phones.

    Smartphones have taken over our lives and we as young adults and teens need to learn how to draw the line and learn how to communicate the proper way. Especially how to escape away from social media and take a break because of the rapidly declining mental health states of teens. Yes, there are positives towards phones these days but mostly negative impacts on the emotional state of teens and young adults.

  14. Akshith Ramesh
    Smartphones nowadays play a vital role in making people's life easy but at the same time it has something dark to do in people's life. We miss anything but what is being said when we send a letter, note, message, or tweet, because there is a lot of misinformation, miscommunication, and hurt feelings when we don't have those other forms of evidence to help us inspire any sort of sense through what someone is saying. We can now stop having direct communications entirely unappreciation to smartphones. We may communicate through text messaging or in real time on social media, but there's a risk that we'll miss out on important facets of communication. Overuse of smartphones by a group that grew up with them is showing signs of risk. Suicides now outnumber murders by teenagers, and mental-health professionals believe phones are to blame. In particular, social media has increased alienation and depression among children, who would rather be alone than socialise offline.

    Not just psychologically even physically the smartphones can degenerate a person. When we bent our neck to write or update on social media handle, the gravitational force on our head and the tension on our neck rises to as much as 60 pounds of weight. The common posture, which is adopted by everyone from paupers to dictators, causes a gradual loss of the cervical spine's curve.

    We also have the ability to improve. We should use our phones in ways that benefit our friends, workplaces, and personal lives. To say we're hooked to our gadgets is a poor comparison. We can avoid the addiction and look into how beautiful the real world is.