Teens and their use of technology is a complicated relationship that each person has different opinions or views about. I listened to a podcast talking about the relationship and reflected on what I learned from it. The link to the podcast is – https://simplecast.com/s/71b5ec34
1. Quotes from the episode that I found interesting
- “many more kids say they feel addicted to their phones than addicted to social media”
- “What I hear from teachers is that they’re having to teach skills that they’ve never had to teach in classes before, including eye contact, listening, patience, downtime”
- “In an online world, digital abstinence won’t ever be the answer.”
2. How the episode used conventions, and to what effect
- Pre-Intro Bumper: They talked about what is to come in the podcast. The music made it sound very cool and professional and giving a sneak peek made me want to stay to hear how they expand on the opinions and ideas they were talking about.
- Standard Intro: Includes information about the podcast and topic. It gave a sense of what the whole thing was going to be about.
- Chucked Segments: They talked briefly about an idea/question, and then elaborated on it through an example (eg. a person/event/studies), which made their ideas/opinions more reliable.
- After each topic was finished, they put in a few seconds of music as a transition.
- Standard Outro: They concluded their findings to help listeners remember what they have learned, and then talked about the podcast and what is the next episode so more people will listen to other episodes.
3. What about the episode which helped me pick a challenge to try out
- “teens acknowledge that devices and social media can get in the way of face-to-face relationships and that they both have trouble putting their own devices down and they’re also annoyed with their friends who can’t put their devices down when they’re having face-to-face relationships.” I do know that I often use my devices too much in social situations when I could be talking to them face to face and having conversations. So I wanted to see if I didn’t use my devices during any meal that I would want to talk more and would end up having better conversations with my friends.
4. New questions I have as the result of thinking about this episode
- “many more kids say they feel addicted to their phones than addicted to social media”. If it is not because of social media, why are we so addicted to our phones?
- “parents are actually using devices just as much as teens are”. How are parents part of the issue and how can we all help to solve the problem?
- “ so that we treat technology as the tool it is meant to be not as our taskmaster” How can we use technology as a tool for the greater good?