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How does technology affect students writing: Pros and cons


January 13, 2021 ( Newswire) As technology advances, there is a notable improvement in all aspects of human life including learning and academics. Most people would agree that writing has gotten significantly easier in comparison to about a decade ago as it's easier to access information.

Merits of technology on students writing

The benefits of technology are so enormous , it's the basic reason you can access this article from the comfort of your home, office and make notable improvement. Truth be told, learning has become fun, interactive due to technology.

Interaction with better writers

The internet has made it easier for writers to communicate with other writers and thereby improve their writing skills. A perfect example would be essay writing help where one can get the help of seasoned writers. When people share ideas there is a possibility that they both take away one or two lessons that would be of immense benefit.

Writing tools

Most often than not one would have issues with spellings and sometimes get confused and might end up with a bad write up but with spellings checks, dictionaries its a bit easier to make corrections and thereby improve the quality of a write up using softwares like grammarly point out errors and suggest corrections on the fly.

Writing Groups

There are groups where the main focus is writing be it essays, articles, poems and would have writers from different backgrounds share their written articles and learn from others The benefit of doing this can be seen almost immediately because not only does one writing get brushed up there is room for constant improvement and learning of other technicalities.

Easier research and access to materials

There is no doubt that technology has improved research skill and this in turn raises the quality in students writing. In a time where there weren't or limited access to research materials it was a major challenge for students not only to have quality writing but the time factor would also come in. Obviously if one can get research materials easily and in time he/she being a serious student would be able to turn in the project in time.


Students all over the world can work on projects together with the help of online communication. A student in India can work on a project with another in England and by so doing they both get to improve in their writing , skills and technique and turn in a work with diversity.

Demerits of technology on students writing

Over reliance on writing aids and tools

Students may lose skills if they become too reliant on these writing tools. It is common that most times people find it hard to actually spell some words which they would have been conversant with.

Frequent use of online slangs

It's very difficult for someone who is really an online person to write without the use of short forms and internet slang. These slangs sometimes make it easier in chats to reduce what we type but sometimes students don't really remember to draw the line. For chats it would be acceptable but we can't ignore the fact that they make most writing look informal.

Loss of creativity

Certain groups often have laid out patterns and methods of writing that limits students and therefore kill the creative part of them. Some of these groups since they make reviews of the writers work they often tend to swing towards was accepted and ignore anything else.

Faulty writing tools or aids

Some spell check applications often get the spellings wrong and since the students have so much trust on these applications it ruins their writing. Not only that but some dictionaries have incorporated the use of short forms and slangs when explaining words.


Though this can be checked with plagiarism checkers, some lazy students don't mind much as almost all topics would have some form of writing and documentation and since they can be easily accessed via the internet some would basically copy and paste if not all then a significant amount of the written document.

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