It is amazing what a press of a button can achieve. Buy a pizza, order groceries with delivery, and even buy a house. All with the nimble touch of a few fingers, really just a good index finger will do. There is no need to interact with anyone or even leave the comfort of home. Fifteen years ago, this was all unheard of, something that only can be viewed as futuristic. Now it is so normal that to talk to an actual person is the greatest feat.
Has all those lack of communication affected humanity in a positive or negative way? In many ways, it has become easier. Even a child can operate an iPad, smartphone, or Android. Someone who cannot even read. It is amazing to watch a toddler to maneuver a tablet faster and more efficient than his or her parent is. But this child that has always been expose to technology throughout her whole life, never really socializing and interacting with adults or ever children her own age is at more of a disadvantage.
It is no secret that the people responsible for creating the smartphones and tablets restrict their own children from its use. Choosing to send them to Waldorf schools and great private schools that limit the use of these items. In fact, a Waldorf does not permit any type of technology or screens that so prevalent now in the public schools. It used to be that a public would give its students a handbook and day planner to aid in the organization of its students’ lives. Now these same school have omitted the old pen and paper scheduler, a day planner, and have replace it with a tablet of some sort. In reality, the student of today can complete their entire kindergarten to twelve grade without stepping into a school. By the use of a virtual schools. Its homeschooling but instead of the parents or tutor teaching in place of a teacher the computer is now her teacher. Sure, her parent will have to aid in some way but once she has fell into the groove the child will be self-sufficient enough to independently study on her own.
This is wonderful. But how is that child going to fare when she is in some type of conflict or dispute. Will she be able to emphasize with another person’s plight? Many studies have been done in hopes of being able to quantify just have technology have affected the young. The generation of twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The generation that publicize and share every mundane personal anecdote of their young lives.
Many of these studies have found the youth of today are negatively impacted by the continual use of technology. Many have reported that these young people are less empathetic, more susceptible to the mob mentality and unable to converse simple ideas and interact with others. Those children that has been kept from it are kinder, socially inclined, and are better at articulating their thoughts, ideas, and opinions then their counterparts. Really, the difference between the two is great and substantial enough to reconsider technology dependencies so prevalent now.
Yes, technology is great and has greatly impacted many different if not all industries all for the better. It is easier to communicate with others all over the world via live video feed, chat, or digital phone service. Many people are alive right now sans technology. Getting rid of it completely is just crazy and unnecessary. For some it can be detrimental. This is all true. However if by limiting the amount of time spent on it for social reasons will create better members of society then why not do so. Start by putting the smartphone or tablet away during dinner for thirty to sixty minutes. However long it takes to complete a meal. The rewards and positive impact determine by many studies across the board makes it worth that small window of technology separation.