How Academic Stress Affect Mental Health in the Age of Digital Learning?
Academic stress is defined as “the body’s response to academic-related demands that exceed adaptive capabilities of students.” Research has deduced that academic stress leads to less well-being and an increased likelihood of developing anxiety or depression. Additionally, it is not uncommon for academic stress to negatively impact student achievement. Children are experiencing academic stress from an earlier age than ever before. More so, an estimated 10 – 30% of students experience some degree of academic stress during their academic careers. As technology evolves and digital devices become more accessible, educators have embraced technology to enhance learning environments, and it has shifted the landscape for how young people engage with their schoolwork, instructors, and peers.
Educational Drawbacks of Technology
The COVID-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenge in education, leading to the suspension of face-to-face teaching and for a period forcing the transition to online learning. The digital age of learning brings new challenges that add to the pressures of schooling, especially in a more virtual setting necessitated by COVID-19. With online learning, students are forced to navigate the educational material being taught to them while simultaneously managing any technological issues (e.g., unstable internet connection, a page reloading in the middle of uploading an assignment that is then lost, etc.). This essentially requires students to be constantly multitasking, which can be anxiety-provoking and have an adverse effect on mental health.
Technology and online portals allow students the freedom and accessibility to engage in constant communication with instructors and classmates. This can quickly interfere with young people learning the importance of balancing school (or work) life with home life. Prior to the rise of digital learning, young people would return home from school and aside from completing homework, could otherwise disconnect from school. Students could use this time to engage in self-care practices, recharge, and relax. While accessibility can be helpful, for some it can create an inescapable temptation to be logged on to an excess. While digital learning is powerful, recent data points to the integral use of technology causing increased frustration and stress with students. Every young person is unique, which is why implementing differentiated teaching strategies is essential to the academic success of our youth.
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