By Dominique Goodwin
For John Jay students taking the subway to school is natural as it is usually a part of their daily routines. As people squeeze in the train carts during rush hour, everyone has their hands full with things like tablets, iPhones, iPads or laptops.
Things aren’t much different on campus. Students are walking through the atrium or sitting on the couches that decorate the floor and are on cellphones.
Corinne Kreymer, a Queensborough Community College student said she usually gets distracted when using the computer for school work, admitting, “If I’m doing work online I most likely have quite a few tabs open, most of which relate to the work I’m doing and maybe just one tab open for something random.”
Development of technology not only affects students but professors as well. Seldom does a professor ask you to hand in a written piece of work. Chances are your professor wants you to hand in a typed paper or send it through email. Web based platforms are more common for educational purposes like, blackboard or safeassign. Now students have the option to take online classes.
The average user of Facebook spends 40 minutes on the website and checks the app 14 times daily said factslides.com. Students even access Facebook in class using the “check in” feature of the app.
Oscar Llivisaca, a major in Criminal Justice said “Sadly, I think i am on Facebook way too much then what I would like. It feels like its the norm now, to check every hour whats going on with friends or what is being liked or what pictures are being uploaded and if there is any big news among my peers. Guess we can say I don’t want to be left out and want to be up to date on everything. Seems like Facebook is more up to date than the local new stations unfortunately.”
Seventy percent of Instagram users check the app at least once a day says Buzzfeed.com.
Ten tweets per second mention Starbucks according to Socialtimes.com. In fact, Twitter has become such a large platform that jobs are focused around social media, like the title of a social media manager.
Zainab Bhatti, a student at Queens College said “I’m on Twitter any chance I get, it’s like an addiction. I can find almost anything to tweet about. I’m always reading my timeline before class starts.”
Students aren’t only spending time on social media but watching endless hours of video too.
YouTube is now partnered with companies like Disney and CBS. YouTube has become a successful platform. People can watch anything from beauty moguls, sneaker reviews to vlogs.
Anna Baloutch, a sophomore student majoring in International Criminal Justice, said, “I do have a YouTube account and it is very addicting because I love YouTube, I’ve had it ever since I was in high school and I love watching new things learning new things, such as cooking, makeup , hair and many other things. So that is very distracting but I try to manage.”
For college students the rules in school are less harsh compared to middle or high school concerning technology use. Everyone can walk through the hall with headphones in iPod blasting and texting and theres no one to to say put it away.Some John Jay students believe that its the updating of technology that increases the distraction.
Baloutch answered, “Yes, definitely, technology is more resourceful than from high school because now many of our schools have apple computers and iPads so it has been very updated than when I started high school.”
Every month Netflix releases a list of new releases of shows and movies. Now, Netflix has its own original series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. In 2015, the list will continue to grow, as noted on websites like USA Today or complex.
As a criminal justice school, many students are intrigued with shows based within the criminal justice system like Orange is the New Black.
Kreymer said, “I would say that the TV and my phone are the most distracting. Though at times I have to seriously buckle down and shut off and the TV. I could go from getting a text to going on twitter and then ending up doing a bunch of other things before getting to my work.”
Estefani Llanos, majoring in Forensic Psychology, said “When it comes to school work and technology I do not believe that technology is distracting. I think it all depends on the persons character and morality. If I know I have a lot of work to do, I’m going to get it done instead of playing games on my phone, texting my friends, and using social networks. It’s a simple matter of prioritizing.”