As technology continues to advance in efforts of making the lives of its users better, the army of the “stone age” combats these improvements because they believe technology is doing more harm than good.
By the way, I was kidding about the whole stone age thing. Back to what I was saying, Matt Richtel attempts to report this discussion by getting all perspectives of all parties, but it seems a little biased to me. The issue is that it seems as though the older generations want us limit our use of technology to the most extreme degree without truly observing the benefits that it has had on the upcoming generations. What I also find a little ironic is that the very people who birthed such technology are the same ones who want to refrain us from using it. Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe that our generation has taken it a little far. For example, Allison Miller sending 27,000 texts in a month and Ramon Ochoa-Lopez playing 6 hours of video games on weekdays and more on the weekends (Matt Richtel p.4). However, it was not our fault that the coolest new phones and other gadgets appeared in every cool music video and tv show that came out. It also is not our fault that they became so popular during puberty–otherwise known as the time period where everyone is trying to fit in and find themselves.
That is where the doom began from the social aspect. So of course if it is introduced at such an immature time frame, we will lose interest in the “barbaric” way of doing things, and will be unable to create priorities. On another note, the use of this technology has helped us master technological skills, which have helped us create some of the best power-point presentations, essays, and other projects. Technology has helped us bring more excitement to completing the tasks that “matter”. Vishal was a great example of how using technology helped him find his passion and want to apply himself to everything in general. He says, “If it weren’t for the Internet, I’d focus more on school and doing better academically, I also wouldn’t know what I want to do with my life (Matt Richtel p.7).” That being said, I feel that we need to have some balance. I can not say that going down one route over the other is better, but including both together with balance is best. Alan Eaton said, “…technology had led to balkanization of their focus and duration of stamina and schools make the problem worse when they adopt the technology (Matt Rechtel p.9).” I understand what he is saying because we all know that if you take a group of high school students to the computer lab to complete an assignment, a few of them will try to login to their social media accounts or do something off task. The temptation is really strong. I get it! At the same time though, the videos on youtube that help solidify teachers lessons in class, or the Khan Academy Videos that help explain math lessons better than their teacher, help the student in the long run. The fact is, this new generation is mostly made of visual learners. Though that does not excuse the fact that sometimes you do strictly need the good ol’ pen and paper learning method, there must be balance to keep the students engaged. Micheal Rich said it best, “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.” My question is, what’s wrong with that? I think the mystery of the unknown is what freaking the older generations out. Let us create a balance to retain our sense of “humanity” while improving the world with new innovative technologies.
By Victoria Robbins