Are Children too Dependent on Technology?

Are kinds unable to think for themselves?

Is it Laziness, Ignorance or Stupidity?

Recent events have led me to ask myself, is technology making us mentally lazy??

Never in a million years did I envision seeing the day when people need to use a calculator for simple mathematics or children type their homework questions into the computer before reading their assigned text books to get the answers; but sad to say, these days are here.

First Experience

The first experience that really made me shake my head and think to myself that we must really be doing our future leaders an injustice was at the gas station.

So I pull up to the pump and as the attendant for $100 in gas, now, knowing that I had a rewards check in my wallet for $50.60, I went to the cash machine and took off $100, which of course was dispensed in 20s. Therefore, as I can only use my rewards check at the gas station, I give the attendant the check for $50.60 and three 20s to make up the $100. Boy was this a mistake...

The guy takes the money and the check and looks at me like, what is she doing??? Then the conversations goes as follows:

Attendant 1: ..."why did she give me the money like this??"....more grumbles....

at this point I'm looking on in disbelief.

Obviously sensing his colleagues distress, another attendant comes over

Attendant 1: *sign*..."I'm going for the calculator"

Now, I gave this guy a check for $50.60 and $60 in 20s this is $110.60....I got $100 in gas for crying out loud...that's $10.60 in change for me...the sad fact is that I got my change from the second attendant and the first one was still fiddling with the calculator.

Second Experience

So, my 13 year old stepson is spending a few weeks with us and I've decided to be the homework police. So, one evening after I get home from work, and I pose the usually do you have homework question, and I get the once in a blue moon confirmation of yes. From here, the conversation went as follows:

Me: Why are you turning on the computer?

Stepson: I'm doing my homework...

Me: What homework are you doing with the computer?

Stepson: I'm typing in my history questions....

Me: I think you need to turn off the computer and read your history book for the answers...

Stepson: The answers aren't in the book...

So we get the book....first homework question....

What is Subsistence Farming?....Table of contents for the book list...

Subsistence farming........page 10

Obviously from there my course of action was to make him read the book and then answer the questions, but once again, it led me to ask myself....

What kind of future do we have when all we do is encourage our kids to stop thinking for themselves and to depend on technology to provide all of life's answers...is this really how time is changing?...most importantly how do we class this? Are we creating a generation that will be seen as Lazy, Ignorant or Stupid?

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Jared Zane Kessie 5 years ago from Richland, Washington

I have worked in US public schools for about 5 years (currently doing my master's degree in teaching) and from what I have seen it is more laziness on the parents part. Granted, kids have the ability to choose and change, but the lack of parental support and the involvement is a bit sickening.

The reason I say that the parents are also lazy is that they allow their kids to be heavily sedated with technology, as it allows the parents to have time to themselves.

If we want a hardworking and smart generation, we better dang well shape them that way!


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cloudrider 5 years ago from Dallas, Tx

Totally true! No adequate parental involvement and responsibility to better society. We are loosing humanity.


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Bajangyrl2001 5 years ago from Barbados Author

I totally agree...


Wombi 5 years ago

I am a strong believer that technology not only makes the learning process much more fun, but it also creates allows a more hands-on experience for kids! If you are interested in other educational products for kids, I would check out our educational apps! :)

Best Regards

Wombi

http://www.wombiapps.com

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