For my second cycle of the year, I will be investigating the question "How does technology affect teenagers?" Thank you @Alison Wu (Charles Best) for bringing my attention to technology and how it not only includes electronic devices, but also laundry machines and dish washers which doesn't necessarily affects teenagers considering most of us tend to avoid doing chores. You opened my eyes to see a different perspective which made me think of taking a different approach on my topic. Although most of my research will be based off of electronic devices, I don't want to narrow down my topic just to electronics because cars and a variety of sport equipment are technologically based and benefit teens as well. In order to thoroughly come to a conclusion for this cycle, I plan to research it over 2 cycles so this project plan may seem a little bare. Without a further or do lets get into my 4 rounds of research!
Research Round 1 - How did technology evolve?
Although this may seem like it's own inquiry question, I feel it is important to do a brief research round on how technology evolved because we must be able to see the positive and negative changes that shape teenagers. I will be looking into the major evolution changes to technology through the years briefly. For example some questions could be...
What was the first piece of technology?, Who invented it?, Where did the idea come from?, What we're the different technological equipment that evolved? Why did they evolve?
Research Round 2 - How has teenagers evolved?
Like my previous round of research, to study the effects of technology and teenagers, we must know how teenagers have evolved over the years. I thought about looking into the different lifestyles and how technology played a role in it. For example, perhaps the different style of music pushed the companies to improve Walkmans into MP3 players which were in demand due to teenager usage.
Research Round 3 - What different types of technology do teenagers use and for what purposes?
For this round of research I'm going to research different types of technology that teenagers use on a daily basis in order to see if this provided a positive impact on their lives. Items will include cell phones, computers and of course television.
Research Round 4 - How does technology affect teenagers socially?
Finally to conclude my research, I will be looking into the social effects of technology which will dig deep into SOCIAL MEDIA and all the negative and positive effects it has on teenagers lives. Most people have a particular opinion on this topic already, but I hope to break past the stigma on social media and find a way to find some positive impacts.
Here are some potential websites for my research.
Stay posted for my first research round and I'd appreciate any opinions or comments that you might have.