Influence Of Technology On Teenagers

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Teens are often stereotyped to be individuals who act before they think, such as blurting out a bunch of nonsense that they do not actually mean. But what reasons are to be considered for such behaviour? According to Dobbs (2011), “ Our brains take much longer to develop than we had thought.” Meaning teenagers will have a harder time controlling their impulses and making decisions than that of an adult. Furthermore, peer pressure plays a large role in the positive, negative – even dangerous – actions of a teenager. Lehman (n.d.) demonstrates, “It is important to remember that adolescents are still learning to be a part of a group and are terrified of not fitting in.” Media can also be incorporated into the influential decisions of teens. Being …show more content…
However, as Bean (n.d.) states, “There are many dark corners of the web that teens can find themselves in and influence them in ways we could never anticipate.” These negative aspects of technology unfortunately allow for poor decision-making and actions from teenagers. Due to the immense amount of technology surrounding teens, it is very easy for them to fall into this dark side by accident. Melnick (n.d.) expresses, “Technology holds a seductive type of power for adults and teens that can overwhelm parental influence without us even being aware of it.” Although, contrary to these negative impacts, technology can also be accountable for the positive ones. “Teen smartphone users are more likely to spend time with their closest friend at a number of personal activities.” (Anderson, 2015). With teens, the main aspect of technology they are accustomed to are smartphones and texting. “A typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day.” (Lenhart, 2015). As a result, technology accounts for a large portion of why teenagers choose to act the way they do. The greatest influence being the smartphone and everything it allows teens to

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