Social Effects Of Mobile Technology On Generation Y Students

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Humans on the planet are always evolving and creating new ways to get things accomplished. It can sometimes be hard to imagine living in a different generation than our own sometimes and to understand their lifestyle. Every generation of people are different in their own ways. The way people use technology varies vastly among ages. When people talk about generations, Millennials are the new emerging adults in the world. There are different names people use for Millennials. How are Millennials’ use of technology and lifestyle different from other generations? This matters because Millennials are the first generation where they don’t know a world without the internet and new technology. They have grown up with them throughout their …show more content…
Surujlal, South African researchers, wrote Social Effects of Mobile Technology on Generation Y Students. They did a study on how smartphones effect behavior and social effects of Generation Y. The results were mostly negative and suggest that students should keep a well-balanced usage of smartphones. They wrote, “With regard to ownership of technology 89.85% of the respondents indicated that they owned a personal computer or a laptop while almost all respondents (99.64%) indicated that they have cell phones,” on page 284. When they refer to Generation Y they are talking about the same people Buckley, Viechnicki, and Barua refer to as Millennials. People of Generation Y could be choosing to purchase a smartphone instead of a personal computer because it is cheaper. They must look for cheaper options because of economic conditions stated in A New Understanding of …show more content…
Rosen is a professor of psychology and research psychologist who wrote Understanding the iGeneration-Before the Next Mini-Generation Arrives. He is a father and professor so he observes his children and students to give insight on how the generation multitasks and uses technology to get a better understanding of them. On page 24, Rosen writes, “There were times when to get my teenage daughter’s attention, I had to text her to come out of her room to join us for dinner.” The iGeneration is also the same thing as Millennials. This gives an example of how the iGeneration is affected by technology. They are so deep within their smartphones, that to communicate with them, it has to be through the internet. Face to face interaction isn’t as common anymore. They use the internet for almost anything ranging from communicating to transportation. Buckley, Viechnicki, and Barua wrote in their article, “Multiple survey results have pointed to Millennials’ lower preference for vehicle ownership.” This could be because of economic conditions, but there is less need for vehicles for Millennials. They can get a ride almost instantly from their phones with apps like Uber or Lyft. Jordaan and Surujlal stated, “Among these behaviours are health compromising behaviours which result in individuals foregoing opportunities to engage in physical activity, anti-social behaviours which

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