The effect of mobile applications on students progression
through education

By Christopher Conaghan

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Applied Computing

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Thursday,
18 January 2018

Introduction

Applications
play a large role in the life of students throughout their times in school.
Large quantities of time will be spent looking at their phones, playing games,
shopping or listening to music. Many skills can be developed from the correct
use of mobile applications but this dose not seem to be the case. The mobile
phone has evolved and are now even called smart phones. A little hand held
computer that will do everything you need and this is a quality that attracts
young people the most.

The current generation are growing up in a
time were it is said to be acceptable for a teenager to spend their time
engrossed in their mobile phone. Some spend up to “9” hours a day on their phones. (Kelly Wallace, 2018)  Phones
are seen as an accessory and are not even used in most case for calls or texts.
The time which could be spent out on many other activities but with the
progression of applications you can have on your phone and the abilities they
have it can be hard to put it down.

Teens are
sensitive growing up through school and college with new experiences and lots
of change happening they develop an attachment to their phones. The games an
social media platforms on the device entice the user to spend as much time as
they can on it with catchy music and comical videos.

From this the
question arises in that, Is the progression of mobile applications having
negative effects on the students? I believe that the
overuse mobile applications has a net negative impact upon the ability of students
to perform to the best of their ability, as the use of mobile applications
has the potential to cause adverse distraction during study time, review the scenario
of students having the ability to instantly message a colleague to get sample
answers for questions which can present a tempting alternative and to take a look
into the addictive element of mobile games whereby the player can be distracted
from study by spending considerable time trying to overcome obstacles and
levels.

 

 

Discussion

Communication
applications have had a massive effect on social interactions. There are
multiple choices and ways that people can now interact with each other.
From  Snapchat, Skype to Messenger and
each puts their own personal twist to their own App, while some you send
pictures as text others videos and some even disappear once read. Some of the
main problems stem from the users not fully understand the consequences
involved in sending messages, and a particular problem with disappearing
messages leading to a false sense of safety. (Commonsensemedia.org,2018).
Students become too involved in gaining “snap streaks” and liking posts on friends walls that they loose track
of what they are supposed to be focusing on.

At a young age
students care more about enjoying the finer aspects of life over getting high
results in some cases, and escaping into these applications enables them to
feel like they are in charge. It gives them a false sense of popularity and
feel if they are popular everything will just work out all results will be
good. (Do More Friends Mean Better Grades? Student Popularity and
Academic Achievement, 2018). This has been proven that the more popular a
person is the less time spent worrying and more time spent in studying but with
these apps it lures them into a false sense of popularity and when they find
out its not real it has serious consequences.

When a student realizes they are not part of these
circles they can sometimes feel very isolated and applications like KiK were
you can see everyone’s friends and what they think about you. Or in messenger
were if a message is delivered it will show that the receiver of the message
has read it and not replied thinking that they are not friends any more from
this. With students overreacting to these miniature problems leading them to excluding
themselves from the group activities in classrooms.

If a student is not part of these circles they feel
isolated, these apps are now enabling new methods to share your popularity with
everyone. They also show when the receiver of the message reads it and when
they don’t reply this can result in students developing problems and
overreacting to these miniature problems leading them to not bother sending out
messages excluding themselves from the groups.

A lot of
conflicts occur in schools from these communication applications they enable
users to be anonymous in sending messages resulting in the receiver to be
offended or bullied when the truth comes out.  
“…both individuals and groups have undeniable needs for identity,
dignity, security, equity, participation in decisions that affect them.
Frustration of these basic needs….becomes a source of social conflict” (Fisher,
1997). These communication apps are evolving and allowing users to hide even
further behind the scenes and anonymously humiliate others seriously hurting
fellow students. This results in students skipping days not participating hen
they should in extra activities and lowering the average grade of the pupil.

Schools are now
trying to adapt to the changing times and implement social media into their
teaching environments, nevertheless all it has shown is an increase in
conflicts and a decrease in grades from students. Social media applications
have no place in education facilities. The ability to post inappropriate
comments on other students should not be a part of the system. A strict rule
against the use of mobiles should be imposed. A teachers union NASUWT says that
it supports the banning of mobile applications in classrooms. A survey was
conducted and found that “46%” of its staff claim they are the ” cause of
disruption and indiscipline” in class rooms. They even have students taking pictures and posting them
to their friends online.  (Barkham and Moss, 2018)

The evolution of applications
is showing

The evolution of the application is taking its toll, the average person
can go to the app store and use it to find an app that will creatively paint it
a magnificent picture it can construct music for  you without you even knowing what the string
names of a guitar are. All sounds fantastic but it effects the creativity of
students in the way they don’t see a point of doing this if it is already done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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