What Have We Become?

Thoughts

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.

17 thoughts on “What Have We Become?

  1. As I watched a child about 18 months old “play” with a cell phone the other day it made me very sad. This young child could manipulate the phone enough to play videos and look at pictures by himself. I will be interested to see what this generation of electronic children is like when they hit their 20s.

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      1. I also discourage mobile phones to my daughter and she plays out with her friends in the park at evening or cycling, hopscotch, skating, skipping etc. This in turn increases their physical activity and appetite. At times I consider myself lucky that mobile and other stuff was not in our era, it would have been real tough to concentrate on studies 🙂

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  2. I’m glad to say that my eight year old daughter, although fond of playing on the tablet and watching tv, very much enjoys playing outside with her friends and is really good about us restricting her electronics use.

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  3. Our kids are getting chunkier too, and we don’t always push them to get out and run. They will only do what we allow them to do. Once they’re teens, it becomes harder if we haven’t been pushing all along. The gentleman who does my yard brings his boys, and they seem so out of place mowing grass and hauling equipment to and from his truck. Good post!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I actually read the book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.” That is what inspired me to write this post. I highly recommend you to give it a read 🙂 Haha the Internet has made most of us lazier.

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