Gone are the days when youngsters go outside in the beautiful weather and come up with creative games to play, ideas to earn some money, or even converse with each other on a face-to-face basis. Since the rise of technology this century, children are glued to their electronic devices like a baby to its pacifier. That is basically what students are doing to themselves. Pacifying themselves, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
The youth is meant to be energetic, adventurous, and involved in the community. As a child, I would knock on my neighbor’s door to ask if their kids wanted to come out and play after school. We would play hopscotch, four square, hide and seek, ride bikes, and anything else we could come up with. In the early 2000s, children would ask around in their neighborhood if anyone needed a babysitter, someone to mow their lawns, or wash their cars for some extra cash. I haven’t so much as seen a child in my neighborhood since I moved there 3 years ago, other than as they drag their groggy selves to the school bus every morning. Yet, the road sign stating “Drive slow. Children at play,” remains posted on my street since who knows what century. In this situation, electronic devices are not validating our existence, but are providing us a shield to hide behind, every moment we are too afraid to speak up or associate with another mortal being.
I recently read a book called The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. That is what inspired me to write this post. I highly recommend you all to give it a read! It poses some very reflective questions we have to ask ourselves once in a while.