Monday, 13 April, 2015 Leave a comment
How am I shouting “luddite” at 30-somethings?
The world is different than it was. Young people grow up with technology we (my generation and older) never had until we were adults.
Of course they use it differently, they grew up with it, they know it, it is not something new they had to learn as an adult, it was always there for them.
No, their social life isn’t worse than ours was because a lot of it is on their phones and tablets and laptops, absolutely not. There is a rich online world and young people who grew up with technology not only keep up their social contacts in real life, in meat space, whenever they happen to see each other, but also online. They are more in touch than we could ever be at their age, because they are connected to each other 24/7.
When my parents and I were apart, we had to rely on letters that took 3 weeks to cross the distance and let me tell you, I for one wasn’t a big letter writer. Now? Now I talk to my mum virtually every day. Wherever I go, wherever I am, I carry all my friends, loved ones and relatives in a small device in my pocket and I am never disconnected from them.
Kids grow up with this. They grow up knowing that those they care about are no more than a few clicks away. How the fuck are you claiming that youngsters’ social lives are poorer than ours were, because we went outside and they don’t as much (has anyone actually produced any reliable evidence of that?), it’s absolute bullsticks.