Teaching M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Kron, William

Second Reader

Gregory Nelson


Non-educational technology is sweeping across the globe. Modern society has welcomed technologies like social media and video games with open arms, although there is a small group of people who are highly against any use of electronic technology. What would be the best outcome for humanity? To rely on our modern devices or to keep the technology at bay? Research has shown support for both arguments. There are legitimate reasons why humans should interact with technology like improvement of brain functioning and heightened decision making (Reynaldo et al., 2021). However, an excessive amount of time on digital technology can cause great harm to the person involved. Addiction, substance abuse, self-care, self-worth, and social problems can all run rampant with overuse of technology (Brooks, 2015; Sissiqui & Singh, 2016). With either positive or negative effects, society must look out for their youth if the society wants to continue developing. Adolescents are greatly affected by technology especially when it comes to academic performance. Helping students become prominent members of society is most teachers' main goal. One teacher may think helping a student would be to give them resources so they can become knowledgeable on digital technologies, which will help their brain develop, while other teachers may think limiting their students’ interactions with technology will help students gain better mental health and habits. Either way, society should not look at digital technology as good or bad, but instead a fluidity that can be both at the same time (Gentile, 2011).

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis