One of the best meme’s I’ve seen in recent days said, “Be nice to your parents, they got through school without Google.”
This really says a lot about where we are currently. As adults, we have gone out to the electronic sea and got ourselves a big technological wave. And in the middle of riding that wave, we had kids and told them to come along.
But what has happened is we have failed to make our kids fully realize how LITTLE technology we had growing up or what the benefits were, and there WERE benefits. And now, it’s happened so fast, that not only do they not know a life without a phone being ever present, they don’t know MOMENTS without a phone.
As a geek this has all been a bitter sweet ride. My kids have easily gotten into geek fandoms that are not ‘present day’ fandoms such as Python, board games, and vintage video games. But, at the same time, they don’t know the joy of spending an entire day outside playing in the dirt. And on long drives they haven’t found the wonder in just looking out the window and admiring the scenery or wondering what kind of people live at the end of the power lines jutting away from the road.
And before any nay-sayers pipe up saying, ‘well take the games and phones away’, I know plenty of other readers and parents understand that in todays ever increasing fast paced lifestyle a few minutes of peace due to a phone or tablet in small hands is a blessing. There is a circle here and we have to learn to deal with it.
But even more than that is what we are doing with what we have. When I was growing up and embracing the ever changing technology world there was a clear direction and a few of us following it. We wanted faster, smaller, portable, and it was a goal that the MOST of the world did not yet understand.
But now we have it. Sure, there are still people pushing the boundaries of what we can do but for the most part, we are where we were headed and MOST of the world has embraced it. But is that a good thing? 24 hour TV, phone, music, information, and more is it just too much for the average person to handle? Do we have fewer personal goals than we did 15 years ago?
There is a real need to for those few, those innovators or a new set of them, to come together and go, ‘ok we got small and portable, now what’? The next evolution of our abilities as a race needs to start taking place before we get stuck staring at screens more than dreaming of our future and working on the problems of our past.
I know the new phone is shiny and the TV is huge but stop and think what we could do now? Can we put a man on Mars or, even better, go even further into space? Can we colonize the moon or the bottom of the ocean? Can we find a way to get rid of the trash on the Earth? What is the next ‘age’ of our existence and what part can you play? We won’t find out until we take time to put away the screens and think and dream for awhile.
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