The society that we live in today is all about the technology and the media.This is what's ruining the children of tomorrow. Whatever happened to making forts, playing hide and seek, waiting till the streetlights came on to go back inside?. Whatever happened to boys stay on one side of the room and girls stay on the other side of the room?. Whatever happened to doing the Macarena, the chicken dance? Today's media has 13 year olds looking like 18 year olds and dancing like 20 year old porn stars. I have two little sisters and they don't know how to read time in any other way but digital. The way they talk to each other on Facebook is ridiculous, the fact that my 10 year old sister even has Facebook when I was 10 I was playing with Barbie. In my opinion, this society should start changing what the media shows, before it starts getting worse for the next generation.
Sadly, this is true. But also, society has been changing for hundreds, and even thousands of years. We're comparing what we remember to what we see now and say "wow, this is wrong". But if we were to compare today's society to the 1700's, we' might say "wow, we've made a lot of progress". But have we? Personally, although discoveries of new technologies have changed many things, I don't think we've made any progress. Society still just blindly "goes with the flow" and gives in to even the slightest amount of pressure. Society isn't just on a slight downward slope. It's plummeting towards disaster.
But then again, I suppose that's just my opinion. But there you have it.
I agree with you. TV, movies, the media, all the technology has created a new definition of "kids" or eliminated the definition of what a child or teen is. When I was a teen, the Friday Night Teen Time at our schools was the big thing. The evening was chaperoned by teachers, parents drove us to the school and picked us up. Teen time had dancing, refreshments and a good atmosphere. Not only was it fun, but it taught us how to interact with others and build a good society. Things have definitely changed since then.
Why aren't you playing outside with Barbies instead of with an iPhone?
I'm not saying anything bad it's an opinion I have. And calculus-geometry person, I should have you know that I am now to old to be playing with dolls. But I do go out with a bunch of friend and have face to face conversations and have a good time. I rarely see that in young teens now a days, they're texting each other while sitting right across the room from one another. And when they do go out to have a 'good time' they're going clubbing having fake id's getting drunk and high, only because they see their favourite celebrity do it, and on movies and stuff, so they think if it's okay that they're doing it than why can't we. At the end of the day you have your opinion and I have mine. I just think it's the media, social networking, and also all of technologies fault.
I don't think that any generation can accurately judge any generation before or after. There are things that can be deduced, but it is important to recognize our generational biases before we start complaining about "kids today." Each generation is different from those that came before. But we are all still human. I am frankly quite tired of people complaining that technology is ruining today's children. It makes today's children different from their parents, and from their siblings. But don't call them ruined just because they are different. It says more about you than about the children or the technology they are being raised with.
There is still as much communication today among young people as there was when I was a teenager in the 1960s, but today it is different, using modern technology - which remember these kids did not invent and promote heavily in society; you can blame my generation for that. Teenagers just go with the flow and embrace new trends and gadgets. They always have done. And I would have done too, if it had been around in the 1960s.
Nadin, I see your point, and I've been thinking about that a lot too. But Generation X and the Baby Boomers are not without fault. If you recall, we were the ones that introduced drugs into the world. And just as Colin Neville was saying, we are the ones that put technology in the hands of kids. I think its amazing that children are able to learn technology in lightening speed. And I consider most young people to be smarter than myself, looking at my teenage kids and their friends.
It is technology that is helping everyone of us communicate with each other. Facebook has been used to help people who have been brutally raped, beaten, and oppressed. Its helped people build business, eat better, and understand different cultures and nations.
All of our minds are developing into a state where dolls simply are not interesting anymore. Its synchronous, it has nothing to do with age. They are not interesting to them, just as they are not interesting to you. If it weren't for media and social networking, you would not be able to reach hundreds of people with your opinion in a matter of seconds on HubPages.
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