I’ve blogged about this before numerous times… Even though I am a fan of new technologies, there is a time and place for everything – just like smartphones. Don’t just listen to me – read this brief article summarising the findings of a research study by the London School Of Economics that included 130,000 students in 91 schools.
The worst part is that the weakest students are the most affected, which will only lead to a widening gap between the two groups.
Simply put, the onus is on kids and parents to do what’s in their (the student’s) best interests. The problem is the temptation is substantial and pervasive with the ubiquity (easy access to the Internet and now 3G and 4G cellular networks).
If you are a student and you allow yourself to be constantly distracted, your grades will suffer and you might not get into the program or school you want. That might mean never becoming an engineer, doctor, lawyer, dentist…
It’s sad but it happens every single year when schools and programs REJECT applicants.
If you think you won’t be REJECTED, think again – it’s all about your grades and playing around with your smart phone when you should be listening to your teacher, doing your homework, reading, writing, researching or just thinking and concentrating on YOUR work is just plain dumb.
But you you know what?
The good news is that if YOU don’t do this – you have a greater advantage than ever!
Yes, every year your classmates play around with their phones means YOU have a better chance to get into college or that special or exclusive program. The competition will get weaker with every year – as long as YOU don’t engage in the same dumb behaviour.
The question is simple: Would you rather play with your phone NOW or spend the rest of your life/career doing the job you really enjoy?
That’s a pretty “heavy” question to be asking yourself if you’re a high school student.
Turn your phone off and think about it.