I’m part of what they call the “Generation Y”. This is the generation that was born between the early 1980’s and the late 2000’s. However, I think this generation should be divided into two different ones – the one that got to live without all the technology and the one who was born with it.
I was born in 1988 and back then things were different. I remember my Dad having a cellphone before anyone else – for work reasons, so he could always be reached. We had one TV, one VCR and our phone had cables. Internet only came along when I was around 10 and it was dial-up. When we moved to Portugal in 1990, my uncles had never seen a CD before.
Kids born after 1995 grew up surrounded by social media, computer games and an unlimited amount of technology to choose from. It’s amazing! Or is it?
You go somewhere and see kids as young as 3 with iPhones. No joke, I actually saw two kids that could not be older than 5, with iPhones. And not the old iPhone 3, no, they had the (then) brand new iPhone 5. I had my first cellphone at the age of 12 (because they were giving them for free, my parents would never have bought one for me at that age) and it was merely to send text messages, get phones calls from my parents and play the snake game (remember that?).
Nowadays kids don’t even know how to communicate anymore. Things are discussed on a Facebook thread or on Twitter. No one knows how to talk in person anymore – leading to a lot of confrontation anxiety. Everyone can comment on a public fight on Facebook. Most of these kids don’t even know how to make use of the security settings and are basically letting everyone out there know what they’re doing, where they’re going, etc. Pedophiles and human traffickers have access to all of this information and people don’t even think about it.
It’s the era of the unending things and relationships are suffering from it. What message are we giving your kids, when they break something and you immediately exchange it for something else? People don’t value what they have anymore. They don’t value their things, they don’t need to work to get things – credits make it easy to live way above your means – and friendships and relationships are non existent. People don’t communicate anymore. Couples break up at the slightest fight, because they’re used to just get something new, instead of repairing whatever broke.
Doesn’t it make you think? I had to learn to communicate in my relationship with others, because I was never taught how to do it from the beginning. How much do we take for granted? Is our generation doomed? Is the technology we so much love, actually doing us more harm? Is there a way to have both technology and still learn to value human contact?
What do you think? Let me know, I’d love to hear your opinions!