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December 15, 2021 Wednesday 01:16:22 PM IST

Technostress’ among Teachers In India

We all know that the covid-19 pandemic has put pressure on teachers. Many of them have to engage in an online class using their personal devices as a vast majority of teachers and students come from the rural parts of the country.  Across India, teachers’ lives have been transformed by an increasing reliance on personal smartphones. While the technology provides ready access to more learning materials, it has also become a leading factor in overall feelings of teacher stress and burnout. Unlike from the Western world in India, there is a singular dependency on one smart device for private as well as public use. 

In a recent study conducted by Cornell University, it is found out that the increasing use of smartphones by teachers for their job inside and outside the classroom is causing them to feel more stressed out. The new study confirmed that these teachers spent a weekly average of 19 hours on their smartphones doing school-related work – including preparing lessons, managing parents, and completing administrative tasks. Stationed in classrooms filled with 30 to 40 students, teachers also used their devices to show educational videos, create interactive projects, and reference supplemental learning material.

Many of the instructors said that they regularly worked 12-hour days, on top of their other responsibilities. Additionally, as soon as teachers arrived home, the device became a family phone again, and so completing work outside of school meant competing with other relatives for access to the technology.