Tech Series: Time managment tested by technology

By Julia DeRogatis

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By Julia DeRogatis | Staff Writer

March 21, 2013

Technology is awesome.

At least until you come to the point where finishing your homework is the goal and technology is the alluring distraction standing in the way.

Some skilled people can easily avoid the temptation of technology, however, the rest of us are normally not so lucky.

I know that I often have late nights due to a procrastination problem and I’m sure many other students experience this as well. Yet it is not completely our fault. Technology is the main culprit to blame here.

When I get home, I’m always starving. After-school snack is a very important meal to me, one that always raises the question of “What should I do while I’m eating?”

Time management (Amber Prinz / Photo art)

Technology seems to be disrupting student’s time management skills. (Amber Prinz / Photo art)

Naturally, this is when technology first comes into play. Maybe a hundred years ago before the time of the TV or internet, or even 15 years ago before the invention of Netflix and Hulu, I would have sat down and watched some birds outside or read a book.

But have you ever tried to hold a book while attempting to eat something that requires any amount of dexterity? Not the easiest thing to accomplish. And birds are great, but who eats while watching birds fly aimlessly through the sky?

Because it is 2013 and technology is advanced and abundant, most teenagers decide to eat a snack while watching a 20 or 40 minutes show.

Thus starts the downward spiral.

Upon arriving home, it is around 3:30 p.m. After making a snack and watching said show, it’s somewhere close to 4:15 p.m.

Already almost an hour of time lost.

After staring at the clock for a while, normally I come to the conclusion that it is really time to start homework.

But first, I should check my grades. Where are grades located? On the computer.

Although I may have sat down at that handy piece of technology to check grades, I soon find myself drifting towards email, which leads to Facebook notifications, which undoubtedly ends with the computer screen being filled by the eternal scroll of the Facebook homepage.

Once on some such site, tearing oneself away is extremely challenging. When it is finally accomplished, normally the sun has dropped lower and the clock reads somewhere around 5 or 5:30 p.m. (or later, depending on how easily distracted the person is online).

The next hour or two is actually good for getting homework done.

However, with the amount of homework that most high school students have, one to two hours is not enough time to get it all, or even most of it, done.

Then comes dinner, which is another hour-long affair. Whether you have the type of family that sits around thea table discussing everybody’s day, or the kind that likes to watch their favorite show together while eating, more homework time is lost.

When it comes time to return to homework again, it is already pretty late. Yet technological distraction strikes again.

This time the problem is the cell phone. Some friend will naturally have some drama or insight that they have to text about, and trying to text and do homework at the same time is like trying to explain texting to your grandparents: a slow and difficult process.

By the time that homework is completed, most students are left feeling worn out and in need of a reward. Which is technology’s final trap: what seems like a good way to end the day–say, with a song or one more show–turns into a final late night distraction.

When at last my laptop is closed and my lights turned off, it is some extremely late hour.

As I’m laying there, already dreading the too-soon dawn of a new day, I’m left with one thought: “What happened to my good time management?”

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