Smartphones in the classroom: The use of mobile devices during classes is often regarded as an element of distraction for students. I was a champion at it.
I wonder though if this device is turning us into a zombie-like society that uses technology to think, instead of our minds. During the summer of when I went on my healing cross-country driving, hiking and camping sabbatical, I used a road map.
I really loved my maps. The pages were well-worn, dog-eared, and had many coffee stains. I had two maps: I have doubts anyone under the age of 40 has ever used a map such as this. My maps and a couple of tour books were the only tools I had.
I had it only for emergencies and as a means for family to reach me. Using the maps made me an interactive participant in my travels. I had to know how to chart out the best routes to get from one city to the next, and from state to state.
I had to know my fuel tank and how far a tank of gas would get me, so that meant I had to know how far in miles each gas station was as well as rest areas. Many times I had to quickly create detour routes to avoid construction or weather issues. Maps also became a social tool.
When I was in campsites, gas stations and rest areas, my fellow travelers and I talked at length over our maps. We pointed out routes to take, what to avoid, the best eating establishments for a budget and more.
We felt like kindred spirits. Fast forward to today. We have smartphones that can do everything, outside of satisfying our basic human survival needs eating, sleeping, etc.
Instead of road maps, there are many applications for navigation. Google Earth is, perhaps arguably, top dog in the navigational arena.
No doubt, navigational applications, GPS software, and similar products are useful. A quick search nets much more information than you could see on a road map. You can do searches and make calls, perhaps to ask about vacancies or to make reservations.
What happens when technology fails, for example, when you are in an area with poor reception? What happens if you drop and break your phone in the middle of Death Valley as you get out to take a photo with your smartphone camera?
Using smartphones can dumb us down as a society. Nowadays, people are so tuned into their phones, and the ability to rapidly do searches is a phenomenal luxury. This comes at a cost, though, when people forget how to think with their mind.
We are in essence rewiring our brains to think differently. In August of this year, Michael Snyder shared an eighth grade exam from Friend or Foe? Using Your Smartphone Smartly During School. 3 years ago. We all know there was a world before smartphones, even if we can’t really remember it. They’re everywhere, completely integrated into our world, but especially for students.
According to Nielson, over 85% of the demographic owns and uses a smart phone. At . Contributing Authors: Emily Edinger, Megan Knorr, Michelle Richar, Liz Weihbrecht To help discover the truth about smartphone usage among Bloomsburg University undergraduate students we performed several field observations as part of the special BUnow coverage of smartphone use.
We focused on academic areas such as classes and the library gathering place. Are wireless devices harmful to your health, Smart phone friend or foe? Smartphones are becoming vital to our daily living.
I work in an urgent care and I see people on their cellular devices constantly whether it be a patient or a colleague. Smart phones are a distraction and can be harmful to some people with health issues and not to mention they can carry germs. By Renee Imes Student at Kapi’olani Community College University of Hawai’i In modern Western civilization, I would venture to say, most of us own a smartphone.
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This article is one of several in a series on smartphone usage at Bloomsburg University. This series was conducted as a BUnow editorial partnership with Dr. Ganahl’s MassComm research students.
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