Youth and Technology

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Neal Zucker
Research Writing 006
October 13th, 2011
Research Essay 1

Technology, over the past twenty years in America, has been making leaps and bounds in advancements and it never seems to slow down in the least bit. But could these advancements have gone too far? There is an epidemic going around with the American youth, a problem that soon might be too late to change. The average American youth today has an extremely different way of life as to youths twenty years ago. Back then there were no cell phones, x-boxes, or blu-ray players. No back then, all everyone ever did was go outside, stay active, and read a book rather to the present day where most of the youths will find it a chore to actually read a book or even go outside and run around a little bit. This reoccurring problem starts with the parents and how they raise their children. It is going to take them to try and stop this epidemic; the epidemic that has hit the stomachs and minds of this technological savvy generation. Advancing in technology is a great achievement; it shows how our world keeps proving that we can go a step further and that we can go where we said we cannot. However, with all of these growths in technology, when will we stop and check ourselves and see how there is a technological stranglehold on the youth of America? Can this plague be lifted from the youth, or soon will everyone be blinded by the flashy electronic world that has a tight grip on the young minds and bodies of today?

To go outside and enjoy the fresh air, or stay inside and immerse yourself into a world of high-definition television, video games, and YouTube…that is the question. With choices like these it is not hard to see how the national wave of overweight youngsters came to be. Perhaps Ellen DeGeneres says it best about how technology is changing us: Modern life requires hardly any physical activity. We just push a button and stand there. Take the car window. Someone decided that having to crank the...
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