September 19 2014
The Life of a Millennial
“The Tethered Generation” (Tyler 469) also known as “The Millennial Generation” consists of ages ranging from 8 to 29 years old. It is made up of over 80 billion people born in the United States between 1978 and 1999. The tethered generation is the first to use cell phones, instant messaging, email, social media websites, and many other things since early childhood. With the help of our parents, known as “helicopter parents,” we have not only remained dependent on them, but have also become entirely dependent on technology. It is really hard to imagine how our generation would function without the use of this technology. From my research, I was able to find several pros and cons to the ideas presented by Kathryn Tyler. In her text, “The Tethered Generation,” she talks about millennial connectivity, helicopter parents, and preparing for this tethered generation (Tyler 469-473).
To understand the millennial generation, other generations need to understand how our connectivity with technology has changed us and our brain development. Scientists have discovered that because of our massive connectivity with technology our brains are no longer fully developed at the age of 13 and that parts are still trying to develop well into our 20s. The main part of the brain that has been affected is the prefrontal lobe, which is important for decision making, planning, reasoning, critical thinking, and storage of knowledge. When parents give teens cell phones, “it is like a double edged sword,” states Tyler (Tyler 470). On one hand it is giving us new freedoms such as being able to have connection with anyone at any given moment in the day no matter where we are, being able to research anything and everything, and it also gives us the ability to multi-task extremely well. On the other hand, having our parents/guardians always on speed dial is one of the many reasons we,...
Cited: Tyler, Kathryn. “The Tethered Generation.” HR Magazine 1 May 2007: Writing Arguments:
A Rhetoric with Readings. Ed. John D. Ramaye, John C. Bean, and June Johnson. 9th Edition. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 469-473. Print.
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