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Too Much Technology?

Updated on April 2, 2010

Will our youth have trouble later in life?

With the widespread technological usage of the Internet, cell phones, and video games, is it any wonder our children do not know how to communicate without technology? Yes, there will always be the older generation concerned about what the younger generation is doing, but it appears the technological use of such devices have seriously impacted today's young person, almost from the beginning of their lives. It is not unusual to find young children chatting on their cell phone, or rapidly text messaging their pals. In fact one may wonder what in the world would happen to these young people if the entire communications grid was shut down due to an earthquake or other similar incident!

Young people under the age of twenty, for the most part, have grown up with the Internet, cell phone, Ipod, GPS, video games and other technology so pervasive in their lives there is not a time they have ever been without it in their world. The revolution in the information age makes everything faster, easier and more accessible at their fingertips at an early age. Never having lived in a time when this was not available, there is an enormous amount of time and energy spent fixated on one kind of screen or another, and the lack of communication is creating some real issues when it comes to education and life skills.

Imagine if you will that a child texts 1400 or more messages a month on their cell phone. The time spent using the feature, as well as the abbreviated language used to rely to a message makes the child a kind of nonthinking automaton. Spending time reading or relaxing has been taken up with online activities and games that may make their gaming skills better, but are not doing anything for their hands. Carpel tunnel syndrome is now showing up in children from their over use of tiny keyboards to text their pals.

Watching a young person idly walking down a street has been replaced with a nonthinking robot yakking on a cell phone to someone with whom they have some kind of connection. One wonders if simply taking a walk has become nonexistent? Never mind the enjoyment of the scenery or taking in the time to think, instead we get a loud and obnoxious voice yammering about nothing really at all.

Technology is definitely changing the way students engage in the classroom as well, making much of any manual tasks like writing, almost obsolete. Cursive Writing is not taught in many classrooms, to the detriment of students signatures! I may be getting older, but these kids will not be getting wiser if they do not find a way to integrate the old technolocy with the new and learn how to read and communicate without machines.


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    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Touche! We could never catch up with them at our age!! LOL...but it is a tad troublesome to think they are missing out on some fine classics!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      The biggest problem is that we can no longer get youngsters to READ! Their response, and they are correct in this, is that whe WE read, we did not have as many INTERESTING things to do as they have :-)

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Another great hub. Thanks Aley Martin.

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      save my system 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Yes, I agree. It is really eye opener. When i think about past, i wonder how people manage to communicate without cell phone and so many other gadgets. However I think technology is necessity of today's generation it is essential to prevent additional and addicted use of it. It will cause some serious health aftereffects.

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      8 years ago

      As always very well written, you hit the nail right on the head, having two teenagers, I see this on a daily bases, and it is nice when they get writing exercises as part of their homework and in their daily classes.

      Great hub,



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