Youth and Technology

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Children of today’s society are unbelievably overtaken by marvels of modern technology. More than ever before, technology influences young people, how they communicate, how they learn, and how they spend their time. Ranging from the Internet, the cell phone user, the video gamer, to the Ipod user, the youths of today have one. Children of today’s society have either one or all of these modern toys. Whether it is gaming, surfing the Internet, or talking on the cell phone, the youths today would be lost without having one of these things. These gadgets and toys have a major impact with the youths and help define their identities. I believe that the youths today can be classified as hi-tech. gadget owners and can be categorized into different segments such as Internet users, Cell phone owners, and the video gamers. The Internet using youths are the ones who can’t live without the use of some sort of connection to the Internet. They live for the computer and spend hour upon hour surfing, chatting, and playing games. Youths are consumed and empowered with such programs as My space, AIM, Club Penguin, Webkins. The programs are endless and can consume hours of enjoyment for these users. The Internet is somewhat like an addiction to this group. My son Corey, who is 13, and my daughter April, who is 10, is prime examples of the Internet using youths. As soon as they get up in the morning they race to the computer. They put everything aside just to see if their friends are online. I basically have to pull them off to get ready for school. Addicted to the Internet? Possibly! April is definitely absorbed with programs such as Webkins, and Club Penguin, where Corey is more into sights such as AIM and Myspace. I remember when I was young and there wasn’t really any kind of communication between people except for the use of the old-fashioned dial phone. The walkie-talkie was cool and if you were lucky enough you might even have a C.B. As years past...
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