Nowadays, technology is a big part of school, socializing and entertainment. In school, a lot of changes have been brought about due to technology, like teachers teaching through PowerPoint presentations, videos, using the internet for research, and many other differences. We can now connect with friends using Facebook, Friendster, Twitter or many other social networks. With entertainment, it’s a whole new world to us, like the Xbox 360. Microsoft had created it’s latest gadget, the Kinect, it acts like a motion sensor, sensing your actions, thus you are the controller. Another difference in entertainment is the quality of most TV’s, from black and white to colored to HDTV. It’s a marvel how humans can invent new things just for simple things in life.
There are disadvantages though. The most common is that due to games, the grades of most kids are lowered. And, because of these social networks, family ties are loosened. Even traditions and culture are affected.
The most common game you might hear in the Philippines is DotA, a game where two teams of five each battle, and ultimately, destroy each others base. I know many people who play DotA, most of my classmates do, but I prefer Halo. I have never spent a day in school without hearing about the game DotA. Like my one classmate, Kier, he goes to internet cafes so often that the people there know him already. He was also the one who introduced me to the game. Some, like my other classmate, Martin, prefer Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It’s basically a shooter based on the current wars going on now.
Though, being a teen is not only fun and games, it also means school. It’s hard to keep up with some subjects, like Filipino or math, but sometimes, it does get simple enough for us to understand. Our current topic in Filipino is about “dula” or play in English. We had this before in English, but with a lot of lines to memorize that time. How hard do you think it will be when it’s in Filipino? I can only pray it won’t be that hard. While in math we are having algebraic word problems. Math was hard enough, but combine it with words that confuse and test your English vocabulary then that is equal to a major headache. For the knockout would be biology, difficult to memorize all those shortcuts like DNA, RNA and a ton more of those. Even just looking at them make my brain run into overdrive. At least some subjects like I.T. give me confidence that it will all be easy in the end. Ever heard of “Magis”, if not it means doing better than what you kow you can do.
I have another friend, Paul, he’s the best in our class, was even in the honors class last year, but had to stop school for a while to have surgery because of U.T.I., so now he is in my class, 2-Favre, to do his best, and when I say “his best” I mean he will do anything just to pass, that’s why we call him Mr. Magis, even the teachers agree with it. One example of his determination is our culminating activity, a project in one of the subjects, where he wanted us to take SEVEN BENCHES up to the third floor from the first floor, it took us a long time, all in all we only got six benches so he told us to look for one more, that was just about the time that I felt Paul was almost crazy.
That could be all that I have to say for now.