We live in the age of the smartphone, the smart TV and even smart water, but is the technological boom resulting in a lack of smart people? I mean, with the likes of Google so easily accessible, we find ourselves naturally drawn to that all-to-familiar URL to find our answers. There was a time, when I was growing up (and even as I had grown up) where to find answers we had to rely on library visits and dare I say it, actual human, face-to-face discussion.
Also, thinking back, I remember being outside as a child. Whether I was swinging on crooked tyre swings, climbing huge oak trees or building dens, I was in the great outdoors (well, my local park) surrounded by good friends, hearing my peers’ laughter and immature banter (before that word was even invented) and in the summer, soaking in the sun rays and having water fights.
When we look at the kids of today we mostly see recluses. There’s too much technology readily available to them and they feel they have no reason to leave the confines of their musty, darkened rooms to get what they need and in a way, they’re right. They can keep in touch with their friends through social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Their large followings on these platforms create some sort of illusion in their minds that they are popular and have a great social life. As a parent of a teenager, it’s a heart-breaking sight.
Through younger years, we convinced, we forced and we bribed are children to go out and play with their friends. With the sun beaming and other kids out in the street, there was no possible way we were going to allow our child to sit in and play Minecraft. In our child’s later life when social media was discovered, this became an impossible task. Instagram became his refuge when buying Instagram followers and Facebook his park. Robotically scrolling his phone with a blank, stony expression. This is the point I realised what technology is doing to our future doctors, teachers and servicemen, and it’s a truly foreboding thought.
That being said, in moderation, social media can be a great escape. I really do see the appeal in technology, but feel that as it grows, the will to live independently from screens and pixels slowly diminishes. I feel screen time should be cut right down in a lot of families and altered until the child doesn’t feel that pitiful craving to post on Instagram or update their Facebook status. It’s my belief that once a kid stops seeing social media as a necessity, he or she will learn to enjoy it properly and responsibly.
It’s not only children, the whole world seems to be becoming reliant on their phones in one way or another. Everywhere you look, it’s omnipresent and seen as a crucial part in many people’s lives. It’s when I notice this, I start to think, how do you think we survived the ‘90s?