Whats the Matter with Kids Today?

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In the article “what’s the Matter with kids today?” Amy Goldwasser discusses the issues this generation of kids. Goldwasser makes some logical arguments of the benefits of technology in the lives of kids. She touches on the emotional aspect of kids and how social technology plays a part in their lives. Goldwasser started her article talking about some studies and quotes on some of the problems with this generation’s children. She also talks a bit about the fact that this is the first generation in human history to grow up with technology.

Goldwasser starts her article by talking about a multiple choice survey for teens conducted by the Common Core organization, it stated that young people are living in ignorance of history and literature and that kids know that dates and historic names will always be available on the internet. Goldwasser appears to know teens very well and understands their lifestyle. She does not seem to be against the internet use by the American teenager. We can conclude that she is familiar with the internet and does not see it as a corrupting force and perhaps Goldwasser is probably familiar with teens, maybe she has some teenage children of her own, or at least writing for teens. Goldwasser may believe that teens should be defended from the implications of society. Goldwasser does not seem to view the internet, as good or evil but simply a means of communication that so many teens these days use to express themselves. This idea definitely solidifies that Goldwasser has some knowledge and experience with the internet and teenagers. Goldwasser continues to state that this is the first generation to have grown up with this particular technology and as a result of this new technology; it has made the generation improve with their writing skills. As Goldwasser states “we’re talking about 33 million Americans who are fluent in texting, e-mailing, blogging, IM’ing and constantly amending their profiles on social networking sites which on...
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