I had the pleasure of growing up in a world where social media didn’t exist. Having three-way calling on your home land line was as close as you got! That was enough to cause a weeks worth of torment for someone. You know what I am talking about, your “friend” would call and then quickly bring up another “friend” and say something negative about them, then when you respond in the same manner the third-party immediately announces there presence and then BOOM! Just like that, you are out of the group and you are eating lunch alone for the week. If you weren’t lucky enough to experience this for yourself, then you got to see it in the movie “Mean Girls”.
That was as close as my generation got to a social media experience!
I am part of the generation that was still young enough to grasp the concept of social media and the basic caveman skills to operate it, and old enough to remember how to communicate without using Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else is out there.
My children however, are so spoiled and entitiled. They have grown up with the privelage of having the world literally at their tiny finger tips. My youngest son is four. He can navigate YouTube like Bill Gates could navigate an Ipod. He actually thinks the TV is broken when he can’t fast forward thru the commercials. It’s funny, but kind of scary that he doesn’t know a life without being able to skip commercials. I mean we endured commercial for 20 years and turned out okay.
My oldest son is twelve, and at any given time he looks like he is working for NASA. He has headphones on that are lit up and connected to his Xbox and he is talking to fifty other kids from all over the world as they are all trying to build what looks like make shift huts from a third world country to hid in, all the while they are trying to kill each other. At the same time he has his phone on Instagram, reading, posting, video chatting and whatever else they do on there. I mean if someone from 20 years ago walked in and saw my child they would seriously think he was either working for NASA, launching a mission or he was doing espionage for the government.
While being able to navigate technology is wonderful and indeed necessary for any shot at a decent career in the near future, I as a parent have some legitimate concerns. For example, you can text and video chat like its second nature, but when you actually have to answer a phone call you sound dumb founded, like your lingual skills have completely shut down. You can find the hidden treasure chest in a game, but you can’t find the toilet brush to clean the toilet. You can post a selfie and share it, but you cant figure out how to get the trash bag out of the can without tearing it open. The list goes on.
So, I have come to the conclusion that while technology is bringing my kids into the future and they are learning things I never dreamed of , they are at the same time losing basic human functioning skills. What will happen to my kids and their generation if we have a solar blast? They can’t even find the toilet bowl brush for the love of God!