In today’s world, technology has become an inseparable aspect of our lives, particularly for the upcoming generation who will be exposed to it from birth. Although there are numerous advantages to having technology readily available, there are also some adverse consequences. This article will explore the impact of being born into a world with technology on the next generation.
Detachment from Content
“I have a non-immediate relative who’s an “iPad kid”. One interesting side effect I noticed that isn’t the typical ones people mention, is that she is not at all concerned about leaving her content playing when she sets down the iPad and goes to another room.
Short Attention Spans
Many predict the children of the future will not be able to focus on anything that’s not visually stimulating.
One person said, “There was a video on here the other day of someone cooking some specialty dish in a kitchen, and this person commented, ‘So cool, I actually watched the whole thing!’ The video was under a minute long.”
Restlessness and Constant Need for Stimulation
One person said the younger generation are more aware of things going on in the world than the older generation, however, she says the also have a restless quality to them. “They need constant stimulation,” she said. “I get that. I tend to get that same sort of feeling after scrolling through Reddit for hours. But the problem I see is they’ve literally never experienced the alternative, so they don’t even know it exists by direct experience.”
Lack of Creativity and Social Skills
“Lack of creativity, increase in anti-social behavior, and delays/deficiencies in reading and math skills.”
Reduced Information Retention
One man says there will continue to be a reduction in information retention especially when you have access to information at your fingertips.
“I think information retention has and will continue to go down significantly. Why memorize the formula for finding area, when WW2 started, or even how many quarts are in a gallon when you have a supercomputer in your pocket that can instantly do all that for you? I see it already with my teenager.”
“Possibly terrible neck posture from looking down constantly.”
Impatience and Inability to Relax
“Many will struggle with patience and the simple ability to absorb peace and quietness.”
Decline in Computer Skills
“Computer skills are down. Things like ctrl alt delete, Word, even how to do a proper Google search.” This person also noted that there’s a rise in kids using ChatGPT as a search engine.
Greater Need for Instant Gratification
“Greater need for instant gratification. This falls into the ChatGPT thing. They want to be told the answer instead of figuring it out for themselves.”
Decreased Media Literacy
“Media literacy is also down, surprisingly. Because they aren’t thinking critically they take everything they see on the Internet at face value, especially TikTok.
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