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When Does Technology Benefit Students Most?

There was a time not so long ago when it was only the economically privileged students who had access to technological gadgets and gizmos; today however, trying to identify one college kid who doesn’t own any form of technology is like searching for extraterrestrial life. Laptops, smartphones, MP3 players – these are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much technology around, many of which we hardly know about because it’s just too hard to keep track of the latest in this field where what’s in today could so easily become obsolete tomorrow. A student’s life revolves around technology today, and although it’s not good to be addicted to anything, I think it’s clear enough that it’s not just the student world that’s addicted to technology.

The thing about addictions is that they’re detrimental when you don’t know how to keep them under control, and that’s exactly one of the reasons technology has a negative side in spite of all the positives it has going for it. However, with technology being an integral part of every student’s life, it’s essential to know how to make the best use of it and prevent it from dragging you down. In short, technology benefits students the most when:

1.      It does not induce debt – technology may be everywhere, but it’s still not cheap. And if you’re going to borrow to buy, then you’re definitely off your rocker, especially if said technology is more of a status symbol than of any actual use to your life as a student.

2.      It does not become an obsession – the fact that there are newer versions of technology coming out even before you’ve gotten the hang of the one you have can be called both a positive and a negative about technology – it’s good because it shows how fast technology is advancing, and it’s bad if you start to obsess over not having the latest gadgets, even though you’ve invested in one barely a month ago. Trying to keep up with the latest is like trying to see your own behind, no matter how fast you spin, it’s always impossible.

3.      It adds value to your student life – technology should help you with your academic tasks and help you boost your performance; it should make your life in college more worthwhile by raising your efficiency and awareness; and it should add more value to your student life. What it must not do is be a mere status symbol, one you flaunt for an ego boost and to win over the opposite sex.

4.      It is not a distraction – the numerous apps on your smartphones, the number of social networks vying for your attention, and the vast variety of things to do with your gadgets, courtesy technology, make it very hard to avoid distractions and focus on your work. If technology is more distracting than useful, it’s time to get rid of it or minimize its presence in and impact on your life.

5.      It does not make you a virtual entity – some students are so enamored with their online lives that they forget their real-life friends and family. They have tons of friends on Facebook and many followers on Twitter, so they’re glued to their phones and updating statuses and responding with LOL all the time. When technology makes you more of a virtual entity than a flesh-and-blood human being, it’s time to take a step back from it.

6.      It does not make you careless – personal information that’s strewn around carelessly on the Web can end up costing you dearly; it makes it possible for hackers to target your bank accounts, and if you’re not too worried about losing the few dollars that you have, perhaps you’ll be more careful if you think your professional future is at stake – post inappropriate content on social networks and you could never find a suitable job because employers have taken a dislike to your persona from what they see online.

So use technology wisely, and reap the immense benefits that it has to offer.