Many students were already addicted to mobile phones before online classes started. So no one can blame online education for mobile addiction. Infact, I feel, that if it continues this way, students may start hating their mobile phones and laptops. After all, have you seen students addicted to notebooks, textbooks and other study material? 🙂
But on a more serious note, online education will have to change its format – eye ailments will become common. So all material must be in bigger and more legible font. A mobile screen is too small, especially for technical subjects like physics, chemistry, math, engineering. It will cause severe eye strain. So if you have to use a device, use a laptop or at the very least a 10″ tablet. Most tablets cost less than a mobile. Also follow the 20–20–20 rule that all eye specialists recommend: after 20 minutes of looking into the screen, look at a object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
What do you feel about this? How has been the online education experience for you?
Article in The Hindu newspaper
Internet and Technology Addiction
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