Today, mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives, so essential that it is hard to imagine our lives without it. Everyone, children of every age and strata owns a mobile phone nowadays.
It has allowed students to stay in touch with teachers and their classmates at all times. In case of any problems, they can quickly get the help of friends or teachers. They don’t have to wait till morning. This is especially useful during exam times. Often, teachers use WhatsApp group for additional help to the students who need it. It boosts their interest in studies and helps them score better marks.
Mobile phones also help students to access internet anytime. So, if they are eager to know something or have any doubts, they can look it up on the internet. The immense availability of study materials and help groups enables students to perform better. The research data on the internet helps them in finishing their assignments on time. It gives students insight into the subject matter. Thus, they not only score better, but they also understand things better. And that comes in handy in real life as well.
The Internet also provides wide opportunities for students to work at their own ease, earn enough to pay for their studies or living. It makes them independent and responsible. Online tutors and other activities often help them revise their subject base as well, helping them indirectly in their studies.
However, there is another side to everything. Mobile phones aren’t always a good thing. Students of junior schools hardly have any knowledge of what is good for them. It is easy for them to get addicted to mobile phones and they do, get addicted. This not only impacts their physical health but mental health as well. Research shows that kids who spend more time on mobile phones lack in IQ and social skills.
Playing violent games on mobile phones makes them violent as well. They spend more time in the virtual world than in the real world. It affects their studies as well. Mobile phones are one major reason why kids of tender age have to wear spectacles.
Often it is seen that students carry their phones to the classes as well. This distracts them during their lectures. In the middle of the lecture, they keep chatting, listening to songs, watching videos etc. These things make them miss what the lecturer is teaching and that, in turn, leads them to score low scores.
Research also says that mobile phones not only damages the eyes of the students, it also impacts their concentration. It is proven that students who use a lot of mobile phones and the internet find it hard to concentrate on any work for a longer period of time. This makes them slow in finishing work. Also, studies show that ardent mobile phone users have been subject to dangerous tumours in the brain, especially on the side where the mobile phone is most used.
Everything comes with a list of pros and cons. Mobile phones are no exception. Students must use them but with some caution. It will help them positively in studies and in life.