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THE DISADVANTAGES OF A COMPUTER AND HOW IT HAS CHANGED TEENAGERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY The teenagers of todays society have changed dramatically due to the Personal Computer PC Nowadays the majority of teenagers have a PC and it has played a key role in their lives Teenagers need to be equipped with knowledge of computer technology as most things in life require the use of computers There are several advantages and disadvantages to the use of computers in todays world ranging from access to prohibited information education and issues of privacy One disadvantage of owning a computer is the information that students can access from the Internet Although restrictions apply many teenagers have gained access to information on drugs pornography use of weapons and making bombs The Internet has also made the youth of today quite lazy especially in terms of their education If a student needs to research information for school they merely access a relevant site and download the information rarely paying attention to what is written This information is often opened as a Word file which contains spelling grammar and thesaurus automatically correcting any mistakes made Basically it is the lazy way out and has little benefit for the student in terms of their language skills The Internet is also quite addictive keeping students indoors and negatively affecting their socialising skills Many teenagers spend their time in chat rooms talking to friends as well as people they have never met This can be unsafe as they dont really know whom they are talking to and can eventually get involved in dangerous behaviour such as drugs alcohol and relationships that their parents are unaware of Computer addiction can affect the social skills of a teenager as they become used to conversing in front of a screen rather than face-to-face In other words they become so used to using their fingers to talk that they forget how to
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