With technology the way it is, there are many things the children of today will never know unless they look at history. The way times are now I wonder if they will even do that.
Perfect example of a horrible speaker. Martin Shkreli.
They’ll never know how to talk to people. This is the most concerning thing of all. If you watch people like I do, (Not in a creepy way, just observing people in their natural habitat) you will notice people rarely talk anymore. Most communication is done through technology. Next time you go to a restaurant, look around and count how many people are actually talking and not playing on their phones. Kids need to know how to communicate and speak. The schools may need to add sociology and public speaking at a grammar school level.
They’ll never get the satisfaction of slamming a phone down when they hang up on someone. That feels awesome! When you’re so pissed off at someone and you get some aggression out by slamming that phone down. Well, of course, they can still do it if they want to get a new screen and or phone. Maybe that’s why kids are going crazy they have no way to get their hang up aggression out.
They’ll never know privacy.Someone is always watching in today’s world. Everyone has a video camera attached to their hip. Anything you do can be recorded and put on the internet for the world to see. This can be a bad thing for most and a good thing for some. If you’re talented in some way you can become famous. If you’re an idiot or do stupid things that can also make you famous, but not in a good way.
They’ll never know what it’s like to feel safe. Scary to think this way, but it’s the truth. When I was a kid I always felt safe. The things kids see in today’s world can not make them feel safe. They are worried at school, at movie theaters, in gas stations, cars, grocery stores, sporting events, even playing outside. Like it or not even if you don’t let your children watch the news, kids aren’t stupid they know what’s going on. They have lockdown drills at school in case someone comes in with a gun. Did you have that in school?
They’ll never know what life is like without the internet. Unless you live internet free, which is extremely rare. Future generations (unless something happens to the internet) will not know what it’s like to look things up in books, instead of Google. They won’t be able to read a card catalog in a library. Why would you need a dictionary any longer? Type a word in google and bam, there’s your definition.
They will never need to spell or learn basic math. Spell check is everywhere there will be no need to learn to spell. You can type any math problem on a computer and get an answer. Some may argue a calculator can do the same, but it really can’t. You can type anything into google. You can’t do the same with a calculator. They still learn math and spelling in school, but many kids still don’t know how to spell or count. A perfect example of this is a true story. I took my kids for ice cream, the high school girl says the total is 16.01. I give her a $20.00 and she goes to the register and types it all in. I say “excuse me, I have a penny.” I hand her the penny she looks absolutely confused. She calls another high school girl over saying, “I don’t get how to fix this.” I tell her from the other side of the counter ” Honey, you owe me $4.00.” She looks relieved and hands me my change. I guess I should have told her she owed me $100 pretty sure she would have handed it over.
They’ll never know how to write in cursive. The do not teach cursive in school any longer. Apparently, it’s not important to learn how to sign your name as you would do with a check or a contract. Instead of teaching children how to write most schools opt out because they need to teach the children the standardized testing which is not on these tests. Computers and technology have decided that cursive is obsolete most everything is to be done electronically now, even signatures. I wonder how many generations will be signing an X as their name in the future. Cursive handwriting Disappearing
Eventually, kids won’t know what it’s like to play outside. Some already don’t. The point is taking the phones and electronics away from your kids and yourself once in a while will not kill either of you. Get out and do things life is short kids won’t be little forever. Talk to your kids for fuck sake!