The Effects Of The Technology Bubble On Modern Children

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Nowadays, people are becoming more reliant on technology through pictures along with social media to communicate, and this luxury has spoiled as well as desensitized their lives and minds, all the while diminishing the social skills of this generation’s youth and adults. Technology is advancing at an astounding rate, through which we have seen more advancements in the past decade than our parents have seen in their life time. There are numerous factors contributing to this social plight that were are experiencing, essentially because they are so readily available to us in ways that could not be conceived just a few years ago. These new and worrisome circumstances have been brought up so abruptly that it was not recognized as a problem until there were already adverse consequences in their personal lives.
Through astounding advancements in modern technology, people from all around the world have the ability to communicate with each other instantaneously. It appears to be an overall achievement, but this temporary improvement is leading to chronic side effects to the human race. This availability of instant long distance communication is incredible, but the constant lack of face to face interactions is creating an artificial median in which we hide behind, creating a decline in our ability to converse in real human interactions and a loss in our own representation of “self”. In the film “God Bless America” Frank reveals his discontent with the public’s lack of social skills nowadays due to technology and television in his observations in stating that “nobody talks about anything anymore. They just regurgitate everything they see on TV, or hear on the radio or watch on the web. When was the last time you had a real conversation with someone without somebody texting or looking at a screen or a monitor over your head? You know, a conversation about something that wasn't celebrities, gossip, sports, or pop politics. You know, something important, something personal” (Goldthwait). This statement clearly depicts and summarizes what constant stimulation and exposure to these resources will do to your life and your interactions with other people. This is what happens when we surrender our own personalities and opinions to what we view through a screen. Our lives suddenly and unconsciously become just that; what and who we watch, not what we experience and make our own, thus dwindling our ability to have real, meaningful or half decent conversations with one another.
They say that the children are our future, and we should nurture them to the greatest extent to insure their happiness and success, but does that mean that we should spoil them to the extent of taking away their childhood innocence and even their recklessness? Unconsciously and unintentionally we are stealing a vital phase in our youth’s lives through the constant exposure to technology and using it to make everything in our lives as simple and easy as possible. Children need to experience...

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