Optimistic Technology and COVID-19
Firstly, let me extend my sincere thanks to all of you reading this right now. COVID 19 entails us being within our homes, restricted from going out, and living a healthy everyday life as we all used to before. The only way to reach us now is online. My humble opinion is that technology has a positive impact during Covid. I’ve heard many criticizing online situations, so I’d like to give my fair assessment.
Technological Positive Impact During COVID in Educational Sector:
In light of the novel coronavirus, all schools and colleges are closed due to the novel coronavirus. Still, we are serendipitous to have at least the education compared to kids growing up 100 years ago. In 1918, schools were closed in response to a virus, The Spanish Flu.
Like covid-19, it caused epidemics of illness in communities, and at that time, the exclusive design for education was by the Traditional Method.
We were not blessed with the internet or technology back in 1918, but now we are, and I think the current pandemic might lead us towards a revolution in the field of technology.
Coming back to present times, we have some statistics which says:
- Sixty percent of students spend between one and four hours on e-Learning; followed by,
- A third of respondents spend between 4 and 8 hours on the computer.
- Nine percent spend 8-12 hours studying online.
This shows, despite the challenges, the student’s willingness to learn, and the commitment of teachers towards technological education. Also,
- Approximately $ 1.96 billion in growth is predicted by 2021 for the Indian online education market. An annual compound rate of 52% is reflected in that growth.
- According to estimates, the number of people using online learning increased from 1.6 million in 2016 to 9.6 million by 2021.
- Education costs are estimated to have increased by 175%. The cost-effectiveness of online education makes it more widespread.
- Online education is a good market for India’s nearly 48 percent population between 15 and 40 with high aspirations but low income.
- Several Indian companies and employers accept online degrees as long as they are accompanied by an official authorization letter from the Distance Education Council (DEC).
Online classes help you develop self-discipline and make you join study groups from different places to understand viewpoints.
Using the internet to attend class teaches skills in using technologies that will be critical to workers in these modern times.
Hence, online learning is certainly a more practical option for students rather than offline. Also, it’s better for the environment.
I want to end my view on Educational Aspect with a quote:
“We need technology in the education field for Every student and teacher should have one in hand because we are living in the realm of pens and papers, and we experience the world through this lens.”
Technological positive impact during covid in Personal Relation building:
Till now, I guess it might be clear how efficient technology has become and how we have become tech-savvy to use technology in our favor.
Matt Mullenweg once said, “Technology is best when it brings people together.” In COVID situations, this is understandable. Like in ancient times we used to use letters to share our thoughts with the family if we live far away, & whether it is good or bad news we never used to know on time but with the Call facility (to be more precise) has changed the information passing tremendously.
Many lived away from their families during the lockdown but still could communicate appropriately with their loved ones. Spending time with family is a treat for us, reunite, and more, even if it’s virtually.
Reconnect with your loved ones and memories.
We have some surveys indicating tech use before and after COVID-19:
It has become more challenging for parents now to instill healthy digital habits in their children:
- Parenting technology in the 21st century is overwhelming for 52 percent of parents, a study found. This number rose to 60 percent in September.
- Parental guidance regarding technology boundaries was a concern for 39 percent of parents in March, compared to 51 percent in September who said they felt the same way.
However, we also found a few improvements in these families’ overall digital wellbeing:
- Thirty-four percent of parents reported taking technology breaks in March. The majority of parents who unplugged and took a tech break in September were 41 percent of them.
- Parental digital wellbeing habits were modeled by 63 percent of parents in March. Seventy-three percent of respondents reported that in September.
- In March, some parents reported that technology keeps their children entertained 68 percent of the time. This fell to 57 percent in September.
- According to a March survey, 54 percent of respondents said digital. Technology helped them spend more time with their families. Sixty-three percent of respondents reported that in September.
In summary, technology itself isn’t good or bad, but how we use it for our lives matters. Technology sure has a terrible impact on children, but that is because of parents’ negligence, but we can’t even overlook the above facts, the essential or beneficial points that we should keep in mind before concluding.