2019年10月19日托福独立写作：Some people think that limiting the use of technology is beneficial for young students (age 6-12), while others hold the opposite opinion. Which do you prefer, why? Use specific examples and details to support your answer.
20190330 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should limit the time children under 13 spend on electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones except for homework.
20190303 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Primary schools should spend more time on teaching young students (5-11years old) technology (like computer) than teaching music and art.
This is an era of technology. From computers to smartphones to artificial intelligence, technologies exist in every corner of our lives. Many schools today have also introduced technologies to classrooms to facilitate teaching and learning. However, despite its apparent benefits, technologies also bear possible problems that should not be overlooked. Therefore, I believe that although students definitely enjoy access to various technologies, they should not spend too much time on that but instead should be moderately limited.
Firstly, students, who are still teenagers, are a group of people that are most easily to be distracted by and addicted to technological devices. And when technology addiction takes place, the consequence is always no good news. In my school, for example, every classroom has a big electronic screen. Normally it is used by the teachers to display Slides. Sometimes, however, students will use it for their own entertainment during breaks and lunchtime. Once they even took advantage of the huge screen and played the video games for the whole lunch break — they were so obsessed with the game that they even failed to notice when the class started after lunch. Cases like this were already creating disturbance for students and teachers: other students cannot rest in class because of the game noise while the teachers cannot start the class in time because of these students. More importantly, the students who played games themselves were distracted from the focus of study, and many of them gradually fell behind other classmates. This example clearly demonstrates how excessive use of technology may harm the students. And because the students often have low self-discipline and self-control, I believe it is necessary to limit their time spent on technology.
Secondly, the overuse of technology harms our bodies. Previously, I habitually spent all class breaks checking my phone and replying messages on social media. But when I stared at my phone for a long time without having rest, the moment I looked up, I would always feel a moment of blackness in front of eyes and then a sense of dizziness. This is because as I scroll my phone, I bow my head for a long time, which will disturb the blood circulation around the neck — some scientific research even say that this may change our skulls. Moreover, gradually I started to find the words teachers write on board vague — I could no longer see them clearly even though I was sitting in the second row. That was when I realized how much damage excessive phone-use could bring to me, and was also when I made up my mind to limit myself on phone-use. From then on, I controlled myself not to bring my phone to school. Instead, I set aside a specific time period every evening to check my phone. This allowed me to better separate study and entertainment apart, and concentrate on schoolwork more.
Some people might argue that technology may be necessary for the students’ learning process. For example, using the internet, we can look up for a word explanation in a few seconds, which is helpful if we cannot understand some terms in class. Nevertheless, many students also tend to use the excuse of “looking up words” to check the social media or mails in class — they can hardly control themselves. And moreover, there are also many alternatives for internet and technology in class — the hard-copy dictionary is one of the examples.
In conclusion, because of the possible harms, technologies may bring to the teenagers, be it mental distraction or physical harm, I believe it would be better to limit the time for technology in class.