Is our future bright?



Jim is 13 years old.  It is 7 AM and his mom is struggling to wake him up. He finally does wake up after after she refuses to leave.

He leans out of his bed, picks up his cell phone. There are a total of 37 messages, notifications and emails since he last checked a few hours back. He scrolls through some of them, 'likes' a few, re-shares a few videos, untags himself from a couple of embarrassing pictures, tags a couple of friends on a fake picture (as a revenge). Then he stops brushing his teeth to type a couple of comments:

"dn b stpd. @kim hd it b4 u"

"@#$% you"

Chews on his toothbrush and swallows the last bit of toothpaste as he replies to his email:

"Ohh my f* GOD Misty. Grow up!! See you in 10"

A few minutes later he had to climb out of the bathtub to answer the phone which wouldn't stop ringing. He would not get in again to get to complete unfinished business.

Technology and kids. Is our future bright?

2 comments:

  1. Tough question. Time for present generation of middle age parents is almost over. I am concerned for the future parents. Would like to advise them to be careful.They need to adjust their life style so as to inculcate good habits in their children.
    What so ever may be the situation, science and technology, the development process is also required.
    Similar question was asked when inventions were made in past. Change comes and it changes life style. Homo-sapiens are the most adaptable creature created by the Almighty.
    Dont worry we are there to look after your future. Thereafter you will be able to take on the same way like us.
    Would like to see comments of your friends/ age group.

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  2. Think your post answered your question.

    Technology is one of man's greatest inventions. It may also be one of the most devastating. Intelligent kids will use it to their advantage and get ahead. Others, like the one you described, will use it for fun and non-verbal communication, and as a tool to prop up diminishing vocal, writing and mental skills, etc.

    This may create a new social chasm with a new elite manipulating the rest. So what's new?

    However, this technological era - that is only at the beginning - is just another circle in the much larger arc of evolution.

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