Tech Time: A Dilemma From The Eighties, But Still Relevant

 
Technology. We all use it. Our ancestors used technology. One day, while I was on my computer,  playing video games, my mom said to me this: “I should talk to your father and limit your time on the computer.” “PLEASE NO! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!,” i responded, like any other kid would have. But parents are doing this.

I read, and was intrigued by, a New York Times article on the subject. It seemed Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was one too. They said that tech CEO/workers were telling them, and I quote, “We have seen the dangers of technology first-hand, and we don’t want that to happen to our kids.” Now I know what you’re saying, “Jobs is right, kids will be hurt.” That is rubbish, kids should be given unlimited to slightly moderated (to stop 24 hour game binges) time on technology. As Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook said, “In 15 years we will be teaching coding like reading and writing, and wondering why we did not do it sooner.”

The next generation of kids will be in a world with technology… WITHOUT THE EXPERIENCE required to continue technological advances at the same rate. Think of this scenario, a kid named Bob has limits on tech. His friends say “GET social media! we can’t be friends with that kind of  person.” Bad time, huh? On the other hand, Joe has slight limits, like no 6-hour game binges. He is well liked by his friends, and has experience with tech. Soon, it will be 2021, they are both in college. Both colleges use tech as a major tool. Which child will be more successful, Bob or Joe? What I will tell you will make you think about your child’s tech limits.

My first point is of our future. As I share my opinion, I do acknowledge that, as the article by the NY Times said, “Kids under 10 seem to be most susceptible.” So not allowing 10-Hour Game binges is perfectly okay. The Article “Even Techies Limit Their Children’s Screen Time” gives arguments for severely restricted tech time, but as their test showed, and i can counter, a kid was given no limits on tech, and he binged. Now, i know what you’re thinking, “you just proved the enemy,” I Did Not. OF COURSE HE IS GOING TO BINGE! HE IS A KID. BY COMPLETELY LETTING GO, YOU ARE BASICLY TELLING HIM HE CAN BINGE! But lets get back on topic.

Technology will be our future. Depriving kids of this early time, when their brains are impressionable, to gain genuine experience at an early age, could result in a technological standstill. And as most know, kids/teens ALWAYS want the next phone. A technological standstill would hurt the generation after that, because of nothing new. Soon, oil and coal run out, and we don’t know how to use computers to help solve a now destructive energy crisis put upon the world by parents who think it will hurt the world to have kids see tablets and phones at home. While standing by this point, I do acknowledge that screens can hurt the eye, but kids are smart enough.

My second point is that of less technological kids. As previously stated, depriving kids of that early time would be devastating. But, I never talked about current problems, while THEY are young. The first effect is because of natural instincts, teenage rebelliousness. Teenagers are naturally rebellious against the parents. Depriving them of tech would make kids stick to and come to as an adult, resent his/her parents. No parent wants that. To be rejected by your kids, and then, pretty soon, you’re in a retirement home, and your kid does not come to help you. That is not what a kid should think of his/her parents. The second effect would be that their social life would be practically non-existent. Kids today, myself included, care so much of their image at school. Social Media is considered the “only acceptable way to talk online anymore” by kids, and by not letting them, you turn them into a social outcast. Then they won’t have any friends to help them get through school, then boom, they crack and fail the SAT, don’t go to college, and end up in either one of two places. Those are flipping burgers or sweeping, hardly making minimum wage, or end up selling “illegal substances” on the streets. Those both are not very good paths. What parents want is for their kids to be CEOs of multi-billion dollar businesses, and be a billionaire themselves.

Technology is a great thing. It has helped us and our ancestors survive and/or be entertained. Depriving kids of this would not be a good thing. So, parents, to stop this, you can lay off on cutting off your child(dren)’s time on technology. Still stop 6-10 hour game binges, make them do their homework, but as a “techie” myself, stop dramatically cutting them off. Even the argument on the kid who bingedDoing this will help all of us create a wonderfull, advanced, and superior world; for all of us. And that, is what a parent wants. What about you?

— written by John S.

Works Cited In Research

“Even Techies Limit Their Children’s Screen Time : All Tech …” 2014. 3 Mar. 2015.  

“Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent – NYTimes.com.” 2014. 3 Mar. 2015.

 

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One thought on “Tech Time: A Dilemma From The Eighties, But Still Relevant”

  1. Very informative! This article gives me a lot to think about.

    “The New York Thyme” is wonderfully written, and I have enjoyed reading all of the informative articles.

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