• Going into deeper context on my research paper about how technology is affecting our health. How is it affecting children? Well, us people develop our social skills at an early age according to “Factors a

  • Hey Chole! Your topic is very interesting and I have a similar topic to yours incorporating how technology affects our health physically and mentally. I find your pros and cons with technology very intriguing! Great job!

  • I love this topic! I don’t do meditation often but when I do I feel more awake and aware of my surroundings. I usually do meditation in my yoga practices and it helps me increase my mood and motivation. I can’t wait to hear more about what you find about this topic!

  • Technology is affecting our mental and physical health. From affecting our social “interactions” to affecting our bodies physically.  There are many benefits to having technology. For instance, communication. But

    • This is an interesting post, you did a very good job siting your sources and letting everyone know your research topic. I am also researching this similar but specifically the mental aspect of this topic. And to be specific further I am researching emotions and what technology affects them and what could happen if technology continues to grow. If you don’t mind I’d like to use one of your sources to add on to my research. I hope to read more post about your discoveries and perhaps share ideas for each others topics.

  • I was a vegan for four months just to try it out. And yes, vegans do lack B-12 and I took B-12 supplements while I was on the diet. While being vegan, I felt more active in day to day life and it made my skin and hair glow! I can’t wait to see what else you find out from this unique eating style!

  • I think conspiracy theories are so interesting! I can’t wait to see what you find because I would be very interested in reading all about it!

  • Technology is a very wonderful thing. It can connect us to others, give us information and give us a certain calm feeling. But too much of something is not always a good thing. This is because we are spending more

    • Great post! Very interesting. We use our phones so much and are constantly on them. It’s scary and interesting that there are actual withdrawal problems when we aren’t on our phones. Makes me want to put down my post.

    • Hi Montana, This was really interesting to read. I’ve heard about the “texting claw” and I’ve heard about the spine issues. I have never heard that if you lean your ha forward to look at your phone you are putting 60 pounds of stress on your neck. That’s crazy! reading this made me want to limit my phone use. Thank you, now I’m more aware of the health risks that are easily preventable.

    • Montana, I like the statistics and facts you put into this article. I wish the article was a little bit longer and more detailed. If you expand on this, I would like to know the long-term affects of technology on our body and brain. Also, I would like to hear more about how it affects mental health: can it cause depression? anxiety? any other disorders? Also, how can technology HELP our physical and mental being? Overall, great facts, and great article!

    • Montana, this is a really interesting and informative post. It’s very relatable to our world today. Almost everybody in our country owns a smartphone or technology of some sort, which makes this is a hot topic of discussion. There are millions of articles published about the impacts of technology and social media on the human brain and body. Sometimes though, they mostly focus on the negative impacts and they don’t focus on the positive or how we can prevent these negative problems from happening. One thing that I am curious about is whether or not people will adapt to this new technological age.

    • Montana-
      I think this is a fascinating topic with many different studies similar to what you are researching. I found your facts about scrolling harming our spinal cords very interesting. While you included information about ‘addiction’ to our phones and loss of sleep, I think it would be beneficial for you to look up possible increases in anxiety,depression, and narcisitic personality disorders since social media/cell phones came around. This article by guardian.com goes into detail on these subjects https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/i-narcissist-vanity-social-media-and-the-human-condition i hope you are able to find this helpful.

    • This is very interesting commentary, Montana. We use our phones and other technology all of the time but in general are not thinking about the damage that it can be doing on both our bodies and our minds. I found it especially interesting when you mentioned that when we put our heads down 60 degrees it is like putting 60 ponds of force on our necks. I’ll have to think about that in the future. I have also read about how people can develop “distraction, narcissism, expectation of instant gratification, and even depression” from too much use of technology (http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/health-and-technology/). I highly recommend that you take a look at this article, as it gives a very good explanation of the effect technology has on us. I will look forward to seeing more of your writing in the future.

    • Montana,
      While many things were surprising to me while reading this post, you’ve also included points that I’ve recognized but never acknowledged, such as teenagers’ proneness to smartphone addiction. The physical harm presented to people of all ages while using technology is a completely new idea to me. I was interested in other potential risks regarding people experiencing negative physical side affects due to the use of technology, and found a few articles acknowledging the link to depression, obesity and isolation in teens (check out http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/health-and-technology ). It seems like our parents, teachers and bosses are constantly warning us on the “dangers of technology in millennials”, but educating kids and young adults on the proven risks of technology as you are doing here is essential.
      Lucy

    • Hi Montana, interesting post, however I think adding some more sources and concrete information would greatly help your argument. There seems to be a lot you could expand on. The sentence “New York spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj found that if you tip your head 60 degrees to stare at your phone, you are putting 60 pounds of pressure on your neck.” is really intriguing but there is really no follow up or general support to this claim. This discussion has a lot of room to grow and expand with further research.

      Here’s a site you could check out to possibly support your arguments: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/mobile-phones-and-your-health

      Thanks for the write up. Nice Post.

      Edward

    • Hi Montana!
      I find your topic really interesting, especially since it’s been coming up in the news so much. I definitely see a lot of potential within this topic. What are the long term effects? Is there a difference in affect between those who grew up with this technology like millennials and those who didn’t (baby boomers)? I didn’t know that that much force was being put on our necks when we tilt them. That’s insane!
      I’d love to also see how we can combat these negative effects and if there are any positive effects of our technology on health. I really look forward to reading more from you!

    • Hi Montana, I think your topic is very interesting, and I do think you bring up a valid point. Being on your phone, and technology has put a major strain on mental and physical health. I know from myself, that I suffer from withdrawals from my phone, and have often times choose to stay on my phone rather than getting exercise, or working on my mental health. I wish this article was a little bit longer, but I think the statistics you put in your article are very insightful and correct. I found this article about how the overuse of technology is affecting our mental health -https://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/blog/2013/05/overuse-technology-affecting-mental-health- while I do agree that it is affecting our health, technology has allowed for a bunch of advantages, and I wonder if there has been any benefits to out health. I hope to read more about this!

  • Hello Martin,
    I am so shocked that people do drugs on school grounds, but it is true and almost every school has to deal with it. I honestly don’t understand why teens think it is a good idea to bring it on school grounds. I believe school should be a safe environment for everyone and should not have any bad influences. It might be almost…[Read more]

  • Hi Naomi,
    I am very glad that you have spoken about the microbeads issue. I for one use to drink out of plastic water bottles and I am ashamed of it because I know it is bad for our planet. For me, I love clean filtered water, so I now have a water bottle that filters water every time I drink. Overall, I am very saddened about this pollution deal…[Read more]

  • In America, protecting the borders is essential to our homeland security. Freedom has been taken advantage of over the past years and with Trump being president, all of that will change. Controlling what comes in

    • I think this is an interesting article that you have written here, but I have a few problems with it. You talk a lot about how Trump is going to change everything, and how the past leaders of our country haven’t done much for immigration. I just wanna ask, ‘if Trump builds the wall, what’s to still stop people from trying to get over?’ Also you say, “But there is also immigrants in America that are illegal and undocumented- which is not helping our economy by any means.” So are undocumented immigrants just sitting around (clarify this point)? I would argue that many undocumented immigrants do work and have trouble gaining citizenship causing them to stay in hiding.

    • I absolutely agree that illegal immigration is a serious problem in the U.S., and immigrants should not be able to gain entry to the U.S. as easily as they do. Border security must be tighter, but a wall may not be the best solution to the problem. Most immigrants come to the U.S. by air, and the process to immigrate is far too tedious than it should be.

    • We definitely need to monitor what comes in and out of our borders because we don’t know which outsiders are coming in as threats. Europe, particularly in France, is facing the problem of terrorist attacks because of letting any outsiders travel freely without close monitoring.

    • I agree that illegal immigration is a big problem because if a lot of illegal people enter the country a few problems would occur like crime rates would eventually go up and the economy would be unbalanced.

  • Hello Anna,
    I think almost every teenager can relate to this. Sleep needs to be a priority in our lives and I believe teachers need to understand that. With us having a heavy load of activites after school, there is no time for homework. What I think will help us with our sleeping schedule is if teachers assign homework in advance so we have time…[Read more]

  • Hello Tevy,
    Your statement in this article was very strong and very true. A lot of people I know are influenced by the “A-List” celebrity bodies and they never really embrace the beautiful qualities they have themselves. With the beauty standards in America, many people are getting plastic surgery maybe because of social media and how it has a…[Read more]

  • Montana commented on the post, Anxiety 2 years, 9 months ago

    This poem was very powerful. I like how you describe anxiety and how it feels. Great job.

  • Even though this poem is really short, it does have a lot of meaning to it. I love how it shows a lot of feeling and how you are trying to speak the truth. Great job!

  • Dear Patrick,
    I am so grateful that you have thought about the deeper meaning behind a ‘free education.’ I 100% agree with your statement and free education right now in today’s society will not work. But, a few decades from now, if we help our economy grow by creating more jobs and having people make more money, then we surely could have a chance…[Read more]

  • Montana commented on the post, Immigrants 2 years, 9 months ago

    Dear Landen,
    Your idea is very interesting but how can we let all those immigrants come into our country undocumented? There are about 11.4 undocumented immigrants in the U.S today which is a big struggle for our economy. Also, there is no way to ‘formally’ help those immigrants because the immigrants are illegal. So, in order to let immigrants…[Read more]

  • Dear Monica,
    I believe that your statement about siblings not talking to each other is very true. My sister and I don’t talk as much as we use too anymore. This is because technology is taking over our lives and we are relying on it for our social lives as well. Also, I believe that us as siblings don’t appreciate each other as much. Most of all,…[Read more]

  • Montana commented on the post, Gun Control 2 years, 10 months ago

    Your statement on gun control was stated very well. I believe that gun control is a big issue and that guns are getting into the wrong hands. Can you state what your view is on gun control?

  • I do agree. I believe students are experiencing stress on so many different levels. I think college is very expensive and student loans are a hassle. Can you explain your view on how the future president can help out with student loans/ college tuition?

  • Currently, common core standards in America are handled poorly right now. With us Americans not putting “education first,” we are ranked 28th in the world. This is bad because it shows how we do not put edu

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