Has it really come to this? As you walk through the halls at school or down the street, have you ever noticed how many people are on their cell phones?
With the ever advancing technology we have, the use of a cell phone has changed drastically. Long gone are the primitive days of owning a phone that was used to only make phone calls.
Today, a phone is used to make calls, send text messages, send and receive e-mail, surf the web, and serve as a digital camera and video recorder. While the exact date of when texting began remains a bit fuzzy, it stands to reason that this opened the door for new possibilities.
With the advent of texting, no longer did a person have to call to communicate with the outside world. All it took was thirty seconds and some newly created text lingo, and the communication game had changed forever.
Terms like ‘lol‘ and ‘lmfao‘ allowed friends to instantly communicate about anything happening in the world around us. With the creation of picture text messaging, individuals could add visual aids to accompany a message.
A lot has changed from the old days when children used to run down the street to knock on a friend’s front door, but the question then becomes, have these changes been for the best?
The short answer seems to be that while technology may serve to improve the well being of our culture, it has also bred laziness, and the ability to avoid real, personal contact with the world.
Although this may not seem like a problem to some, the thought that the men and women of tomorrow are now growing up in front of a television screen, a computer screen, and a cell phone screen is a bit scary.
A study done by Verizon Wireless and Parenting.com found that the average age children receive their first cell phone is 11.6 years of age.
If this is the case, imagine how young children are when they get their first video game system or television. It seems that the days of hide and seek and tag are quickly becoming a figment of our imagination, and sitting in front of a television screen is becoming the norm.
While some may argue that technology stands to help develop our children’s brains, it also begins to provide a wall between the child and the outside world.
As I walk down the halls of GRCC, I begin to see the affects of this technology-based up bringing. In between classes, students are on their computers playing games and surfing the web rather than socializing with other students.
Students continuously complain about not fitting in at school or struggling to meet new friends, and yet they turn around and close their world down to a single computer screen.
As I said, technology has improved the well being of our culture to a point but there needs to be a point where we draw the line.
I ask students to think about disconnecting from technology for half hour a day. Look around and enjoy the outdoors–the sounds, the smells, the sights and the people. Take time to say hello to those who pass by and to get to know your fellow classmates. You may be surprised at what you find.