Impact Of Mobile Phones On Students:
Mobile phones have made the world a smaller and more connected village. Recent studies show that over 95% of students own a mobile phone, and 75% are smartphones with internet access and applications. Most students now require a mobile phone to communicate with each other and keep in touch with ever-evolving educational resources online. Its usage among students has both positive impacts and challenges. Smartphones can serve as an influential academic tool to students or a distraction depending on school regulations.
Mobile phones have both positive and negative effects on students
1. Ease of access to information and technology
Learning goes beyond the classroom. Mobile phones give students live information and, on the go, updates on their academic topics. Student engagement is higher when technology-driven tools are used to facilitate learning compared to conventional methods. Modern teaching methods are increasingly more innovative and engaging to keep up with advancements of the 21st century. Teachers are recognizing the need for technology in capturing the attention of students. In class, polls can be given to students either in groups or individually, where they are required to text answers to the polling site. The results are plotted on a graph. This gives the students a visual representation of their performance. Also, the smartphone allows students and teachers to cross-check facts in real-time.
Using mobile phones during classes or study hours can negatively affect the academic performance of a student. Access to video games, the internet, and music can adversely affect the attention span, especially if the school has a lax attitude toward phone usage during school hours. Phones can go off during teaching sessions, disrupting the serenity of the learning environment. Contrary to what most students think, they cannot multitask in the classroom. Using a mobile phone to send or receive messages will hinder your ability to grasp all the information passed by the tutor.
In the 1990s, intelligent mobile phones were not as readily available as they are today, so students had to rely on desktop computers located in the library or ICT lab. This slowed down the speed and convenience of classroom research. Mobile phones today are portable and easy to carry around, incorporating all sorts of modern technology.
4. Health Hazard
The health effects of using mobile phones are increasingly coming to light. Different studies have shown some correlation between radiation emitted from the device and chronic health issues such as cancer and brain tumor. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said its data does not show a direct link between mobile phones and cancer. Still, recommendations were put forward to encourage mobile phone manufacturers to limit radiation emission to acceptable levels.
Sleep deprivation as a result of phone use might cause stress. The eyesight of students could be strained by constantly staring at the screen of their phones for hours.
Self-organization tools such as alarms, dictionaries, calendars, encyclopedias, notes and watches found on most innovative mobile phones make life easier for students. These apps are all made up of a minor, lightweight device that simplifies learning, time management, and planning. One of the good effects of mobile phones is the stopwatch feature, which students can use in presentation preparation and practice.
The mobile phone is entrenched in our daily lives. It can get students so addicted, especially to social media, that they become disconnected from their friends, family, and academic environment.
Mobile phones make social events in school unsocial, with more students engaging less in extracurricular activities. An unhealthy addiction to technology devices limits student engagement.
Communication between two or more parties has become easier because of mobile phones. You can use it anytime to relay information.
Mobile phones make it easier to coordinate class changes or disseminate urgent information from professors to students. On group projects, communication through group chat keeps all members abreast of the action plan.
Students that drive to and from school are at the risk of calling/texting while driving. This could pose a real danger to their lives and other motorists. It is unsafe to use your phone while walking. An accident is sure to happen when pedestrians bow their heads and stare at their screens.
The map application on smartphones allows students to find their way, especially students that walk or drive home.
10. Security Concern
If your mobile phone is hacked, various private information such as identity, pictures, or contacts could be stolen. Therefore, it is advisable to secure your phone and avoid storing banking/payment information on your device.