In class on Thursday, we talked about the transformation of technology and how this has effected not only our generation growing up, but the generation below us as well.
We grew up watching T.V shows and playing game-boy. We had our Nintendo 64′s and eventually XBOX 360′s. We’re old enough to remember when Myspace was actually “cool” and relevant. While we essentially grew up right in the middle of this big technological and social media transformation, some of us also were raised by old-school parents. The parents who made us go play outside, limited our T.V hours, didn’t buy us a cell phone until we reached high school (for me, at least) and etc.
The generation below us is looked at being raised differently. They knew how to navigate an IPad before we learned how to walk. You don’t see them outside as much. If you don’t see a middle-school or even elementary school student with at least a c ell-phone, let alone an IPod, you’d kind of be stunned.
I’m not saying this is a general view of the generation below us, because I know for a fact there are still kids who are being raised the way we were and the way our parents were years back. But there is a trend in a change, and it’s not difficult to see it.
Regardless of who’s to blame–or if there even is anyone to blame if people don’t see a problem with the generation moving forward–it has to be a result from society in America.
Three years ago when I vacationed in Lebanon for one month, I didn’t have any contact with technology. Outside of some of us gathering around one person’s house who owned a 1990′s TV so we could watch the World Cup (soccer is huge there), technology is not a make-or-break necessity in that country, or at least the part where I am from, and many other parts where I stayed. Yes, Lebanon is not a first-world country like the U.S–money dedicated for technology and “luxuries” is not even a fraction of what we spend here– so its expected that the average person there experiences nothing close to what the average person here experiences in regards to media/technology.
However, kids there go to school like those here. They play outside, and are involved in activities outside their homes and computer desks, more than kids here. They don’t all have cell phones. They don’t all have T.Vs. Facebook has just recently become a “new thing”. But the youth is just as smart, if not smarter than those here.
Two different ways of growing up, and one similar–if not partially different–outcome.
These are two totally different countries with two different cultures and ways of raising kids. People in Lebanon are not particularly worried with how their new generations of kids are being raised (my opinion). Maybe a survey would tell otherwise.
But people here, especially the way we talked about it in class, think otherwise about the next generation. And some people don’t.
But well find out the real answer in the near future.