One good reason why technology can cause such college stress is that so many students have come to rely on it. Whether they are conducting research, saving important documents, or managing their personal finances, much of a student’s life is now conducted online. This has become so pervasive that almost 75% of college students believe that device failure could cause their grades to drop and over 80% stated that it would be a total disaster if their computers malfunctioned.
Other figures show just how important technology is to modern college students. On average, the typical college student spends around $200 a year more on technology and devices than those not in college. About 20% of college students spend between $500 and $1,000 on technology every year, surprising when you consider how financially-strapped many students truly are.
How to Lower Your Stress
Nobody would every recommend that you avoid technology to keep your stress levels down. There are, however, steps you can take to ensure that you are prepared for any emergency. When you buy a computer or other device that will be used to work on and store your school projects, buy the extended warranty if possible. In addition, make sure to keep a safe backup (or two) of all documents and projects so they will be available if the worst happens. Finally, use good antivirus software and perform regular maintenance on your computers and other equipment to avoid many of the common failures.
Technology can be both a blessing and a curse to college students. While it is guaranteed that it will become more important over the coming years, there is no reason to let your technology cause you stress. Take steps to keep your equipment working well and to back up all of your work and you will have one less thing to worry about.