The effect of mobile applications on students progressionthrough educationBy Christopher ConaghanApplied [email protected],18 January 2018IntroductionApplicationsplay a large role in the life of students throughout their times in school.Large quantities of time will be spent looking at their phones, playing games,shopping or listening to music. Many skills can be developed from the correctuse of mobile applications but this dose not seem to be the case. The mobilephone has evolved and are now even called smart phones. A little hand heldcomputer that will do everything you need and this is a quality that attractsyoung people the most.The current generation are growing up in atime were it is said to be acceptable for a teenager to spend their timeengrossed in their mobile phone.
Some spend up to “9” hours a day on their phones. (Kelly Wallace, 2018) Phonesare seen as an accessory and are not even used in most case for calls or texts.The time which could be spent out on many other activities but with theprogression of applications you can have on your phone and the abilities theyhave it can be hard to put it down. Teens aresensitive growing up through school and college with new experiences and lotsof change happening they develop an attachment to their phones. The games ansocial media platforms on the device entice the user to spend as much time asthey can on it with catchy music and comical videos. From this thequestion arises in that, Is the progression of mobile applications havingnegative effects on the students? I believe that theoveruse mobile applications has a net negative impact upon the ability of studentsto perform to the best of their ability, as the use of mobile applicationshas the potential to cause adverse distraction during study time, review the scenarioof students having the ability to instantly message a colleague to get sampleanswers for questions which can present a tempting alternative and to take a lookinto the addictive element of mobile games whereby the player can be distractedfrom study by spending considerable time trying to overcome obstacles andlevels.
DiscussionCommunicationapplications have had a massive effect on social interactions. There aremultiple choices and ways that people can now interact with each other.From Snapchat, Skype to Messenger andeach puts their own personal twist to their own App, while some you sendpictures as text others videos and some even disappear once read.
Some of themain problems stem from the users not fully understand the consequencesinvolved in sending messages, and a particular problem with disappearingmessages leading to a false sense of safety. (Commonsensemedia.org,2018).
Students become too involved in gaining “snap streaks” and liking posts on friends walls that they loose trackof what they are supposed to be focusing on.At a young agestudents care more about enjoying the finer aspects of life over getting highresults in some cases, and escaping into these applications enables them tofeel like they are in charge. It gives them a false sense of popularity andfeel if they are popular everything will just work out all results will begood. (Do More Friends Mean Better Grades? Student Popularity andAcademic Achievement, 2018). This has been proven that the more popular aperson is the less time spent worrying and more time spent in studying but withthese apps it lures them into a false sense of popularity and when they findout its not real it has serious consequences.
When a student realizes they are not part of thesecircles they can sometimes feel very isolated and applications like KiK wereyou can see everyone’s friends and what they think about you. Or in messengerwere if a message is delivered it will show that the receiver of the messagehas read it and not replied thinking that they are not friends any more fromthis. With students overreacting to these miniature problems leading them to excludingthemselves from the group activities in classrooms.If a student is not part of these circles they feelisolated, these apps are now enabling new methods to share your popularity witheveryone.
They also show when the receiver of the message reads it and whenthey don’t reply this can result in students developing problems andoverreacting to these miniature problems leading them to not bother sending outmessages excluding themselves from the groups.A lot ofconflicts occur in schools from these communication applications they enableusers to be anonymous in sending messages resulting in the receiver to beoffended or bullied when the truth comes out. “…both individuals and groups have undeniable needs for identity,dignity, security, equity, participation in decisions that affect them.Frustration of these basic needs….becomes a source of social conflict” (Fisher,1997). These communication apps are evolving and allowing users to hide evenfurther behind the scenes and anonymously humiliate others seriously hurtingfellow students.
This results in students skipping days not participating henthey should in extra activities and lowering the average grade of the pupil.Schools are nowtrying to adapt to the changing times and implement social media into theirteaching environments, nevertheless all it has shown is an increase inconflicts and a decrease in grades from students. Social media applicationshave no place in education facilities. The ability to post inappropriatecomments on other students should not be a part of the system. A strict ruleagainst the use of mobiles should be imposed. A teachers union NASUWT says thatit supports the banning of mobile applications in classrooms. A survey wasconducted and found that “46%” of its staff claim they are the ” cause ofdisruption and indiscipline” in class rooms.
They even have students taking pictures and posting themto their friends online. (Barkham and Moss, 2018)The evolution of applicationsis showing The evolution of the application is taking its toll, the average personcan go to the app store and use it to find an app that will creatively paint ita magnificent picture it can construct music for you without you even knowing what the stringnames of a guitar are. All sounds fantastic but it effects the creativity ofstudents in the way they don’t see a point of doing this if it is already done. ConclusionThe conclusioncontains your conclusion. ReferencesYour referencelist goes here and ideally should be generated by EndNote as per seminarinstructions and absolutely must conform to the Harvard style of citationspecified in Cite It Right.
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