Deatherage, S., Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Aksoz, I. (2014). Stress, Coping, and Internet Use of College Students. Journal of American College Health, 62(1), 40-46. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.843536
This purpose of this journal article was to examine what is the cause of stress and how it associates with undergrad students. This article questions time spent on the internet, engaging in internet activity, and problematic internet use statistically predicting the levels of perceived stress above and beyond more traditional coping strategies due to these online motivations. Do students use the internet as a coping method for stress? College students highly value the internet and use it for all aspects of their lives including social life, leisure activities, and school work. According to the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, “80% of college students perceive the internet to be close to air, water, food, and shelter.” Students who spent time on the internet had a positive impact on their stress levels that was associated with depression and social anxiety. I can understand how some students use it as a stress reliever because they can bury themselves in all sorts of activities that can be used as a distraction such as social media, videos, gaming, and can search the web for anything and everything. However the internet can be stressful as well especially when it comes to social media because of cyber bullying, so that can actually be a negative impact for stress.
Fedyrich, L. (2014). Teaching Beyond the Classroom Walls: Pros and Cons of Cyber Learning. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from http://newman.richmond.edu:2627/docview/1515636586?pq-origsite=summon
Technology is here to stay and it is growing more rapidly every day. Whether we like it or not, online education is growing exponentially all over the country. There are many advantages and disadvantages of online learning. This article reviews both sides of the issue in literature reviews. Having knowledge of both sides of the issue prepares you to be open-minded about online learning and prepares you to embrace online learning. Students in today’s society do like to have convenience at their fingertips to be able to do all of their research in one sitting, even though it is overwhelming with all of the information that is out there. This article focuses more on students who take online classes and the pros and cons of taking an online class, but having an online class can be very stressful because you do not have that face to face interaction with the teacher and peers.
Herold, B. (2014). Digital Reading Poses Learning. Education Digest, 44-48. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from http://we4mf3mv5e.search.serialssolutions.com
This article discusses how researches have documented the struggles with reading comprehension that students face when reading on a screen. It is easy to skim the surface of what you are reading and scroll up or down whenever you please. Students get frustrated when it comes down to being able to understand what they read because when it comes down to reading comprehension tests, they do not do as well because they cannot retain the information. Digital reading is making reading more simplified. I have always agreed with this because I struggle with reading on a digital screen. It is more difficult for me to comprehend what I am reading and I am definitely guilty of skimming over the articles and scrolling up and down.
Huang, R., K., & Spector, J. M. (2013). Reshaping learning: Frontiers of learning technology in a global context. Berlin: Springer.
In chapter five, Digital Natives: Exploring the diversity of young people’s experiences with technology, focuses on a study that was to help understand the motivation, practices, and attitudes of the younger generation in their views to technology. This book presented eight different student case studies all between the ages of 19-21 that explored their use of technology for their everyday life and academically. After reading these case studies, some of the students used technology across all aspects of their academic life and actually preferred to study using technology. Some made limited use of technology and actually preferred to hand write notes on paper and read actual textbooks as to reading online because they found handwriting and reading an actually was more beneficial to helping retain information better. I think this was a great read because it just goes to show that even some younger students who are considered “digital natives” still prefer to learn the old fashioned way. It just depends on the student and what suits them on their way of studying.
Jackson, S. (n.d.). The Texture of the Age: Adam Gopnik On How the Internet Gets Inside Us | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://spotlight.macfound.org/blog/entry/the-texture-of-the-age-adam-gopnik-on-how-the-internet-gets-inside-us/
Adam Gopnik has conducted a survey on how the internet may be changing all of us. Howard Rheingold who is a social media guru debates on how the internet does in fact change our way of thinking. He conducted a complex of ideas on how the internet makes us reflect more deeply and broadly than we did before the internet was around. It is so easy to have all sorts of information out there at our finger tips causing us to think more critically. We broaden our horizons with the unlimited amount of new knowledge that we learn on the internet. We now have a new way of organizing data and connecting users to anything and everything.
Levy, D. M. (2007). No time to think: Reflections on information technology and contemplative scholarship. Ethics and Information Technology, 9(4), 237-249. doi: 10.1007/s10676-007-9142-6
Thanks to the digital age and all its new technology, it is now easier than ever to have access to scholarly information. This book argues that with the fast pace lifestyle, it questions when do we ever have time for thoughtful reflection? The loss of time to think is occurring at the same time that scholars, educators, and students have gained tools of great value to scholarship. Without having time to think and gaining easy access to all sorts of information, it can be very overwhelming for a student because it is information overload. This shows another negative side to having access to the internet because we don’t take time to think anymore. We have to have the answers right away and were now used to that because we gain all our information from the internet.
Li, D., Zhang, W., Li, X., Zhen, S., & Wang, Y. (2010). Stressful life events and problematic Internet use by adolescent females and males: A mediated moderation model. Computers in Human Behavior, 26(5), 1199-1207. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2010.03.031
The internet is an essential tool for communication, information, and entertainment among students. The problem is that even though the internet can be very beneficial to students, there are problems that may be detrimental to them. The internet can create psychological, social, school, and work difficulties in someone’s life. A number of studies have been done to focus on these problems caused by excessive internet use. Students can become depressed due to social isolation because they are always on the internet and are never engaging in face to face human interaction. It can also be harmful due to cyber bulling on social media cites which really takes a toll on a student’s mental capability.
Meglio, F. D. (2012, May 10). Stress Takes Its Toll on College Students. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/stress-takes-its-toll-on-college-students.
This article explains the pressure that today’s students have. Between college tuition, slow economy, and technology. Those three things lead to grueling stress, emotional and mental health problems. A 2012 study by the American College Counseling Association found that 37.4 percent of college students are seeking help due to these psychological problems that were all started from the stress. The stress from technology being so overwhelming distracts students from developing emotional skills which are a sign of emotional maturity. Students lack the ability to stay focused from all the distractions that technology can cause. This article I found to be creditable, however it does not have as much information on why technology is stressful, just mainly on what the signs are when a student is stressed and overwhelmed and offers some information on what you can do to help.
Mercer, M. (2014, September 2). Back to pen, paper and the personal? Richmond Times Dispatch.
I found this article in the newspaper in the Richmond Times Dispatch and found it interesting because it concerns the Cleveland Brown experiment, which is simply instead of taking notes on a laptop; the students took notes by writing stuff down. When you write stuff down, you have a better chance of remembering it in your brain. School’s today rush to put electronics in student’s hands because it is important that students learn from an early age that technology does in fact dominate our lives. However, writing by hand and reading traditional books are better for students learning capabilities. This is a credible source due to the fact that it was published in the Richmond Times Dispatch and they list multiple researchers that have conducted studies that prove what they are saying is believable and agreeable.
Trushell, J., Byrne, K., & Simpson, R. (2011). Cheating behaviours, the Internet and Education undergraduate students. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, No-No. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00424.x
This article discusses cheating behaviors that undergraduates may have due to the fact that it is so easy to do when using the internet. Surveys found that the internet did not associate with cheating behaviors. Students who reported multiple instances of cheating behaviors were found that their ICT capabilities were higher than their peers but did have a tendency to report less frequent use of the internet for school work. Personally, I think the internet makes it more challenging to cheat because it is easy to find out if a student’s work has been plagiarized. Yes, you have all sorts of answers and information on the internet but it is so much harder to get away with it.