An Era of Smart Phones and Dumb People
You spot them immediately. They’re gathered around the swing set like moths to an open flame; not talking, just looking down at what’s in their small hands. There’s around four of them, appearing to be first graders or so, texting away twice as fast as you ever could, completely oblivious to everything around them. Pausing for a second, you stop to wonder, “Whatever happened to actually using the swing set?”
Technology is like a fine wine; as it matures and ages, it becomes better and better, making it appeal to large crowds of people. Yet what happens if one has too much wine? They become drunk. Just like an alcoholic, the next generation appears as if they are addicted to this modern technology, and that is not be such a good thing as people think it is. The kids seem to be gradually losing one of the most delicate and treasured things on this planet: human interaction. For example, let me pose a simple question, when was the last time you have a game night with your family, or any other time that was solely devoted to your nearest and dearest? Some will answer years while others, mere days. Twenty-first century based families tend to go to their own sections of the house with an electronic of their choice, whether that may be a Kindle, phone, IPod, Tablet, you name it, instead of hanging out with their family. Young children observe this and brand it as the norm. Well, why shouldn’t they? Aren’t we the ones at blame for this? The ones they look to in order to know how to interact, to act with others?
Look at the older population, the elderly, in your community; they will smile at you through car windows while parked at red lights or ask you how you’re doing while you’re both standing in the grocery line at your local supermarket. Sadly, this seems to be a rare thing to stumble across these days in all of us young people.
Back when I was a kid, if I wanted to play a game I would go