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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The High-Tech Stultification of Our Teens

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“Enough with complaining that young people these days are addicted to their phones. The question you should be asking is: What do they know that you don't?

Believe it or not, there are advantages to using technology like a teen. I asked a handful of 11- to 17-year-olds to tell me what apps and gear they couldn't live without. They taught me to question my own habits: Why do I use email to talk with friends? Why do I only share my best photos?

Teens are among the most creative users of technology, in part because they don't have adults' assumptions about how things are supposed to work.

'I will just throw away the directions and see what I can make of it', Kapp Singer, a 14-year-old from San Francisco, told me.

Owning a smartphone, often a hand-me-down, means many teens can be pretty much always online, changing how they stay in touch with friends and express themselves.”
— Personal Technology Columnist Geoffrey Fowler, Updated June 10, 2014 (WSJ)

Today's teens are masters of utilizing high tech for communicating with their peers. So what is the problem?

The problem is they spend all their time communicating with their peers. It would be far better, instead, if they spent some time learning something of interest to communicate, besides how to utilize the latest high tech for communication. Our teens have been captured by a stultifying Mobius strip of high-tec communication.

Once these high-tech-savvy communicators "grow up", they will be poised to become the great mass of high-tech consumers. Their only problem then will be to market their own skill set, the same one they share with all their peers, in order to make a living. Unfortunately for them, only their grandma gives a Shinola when they express themselves.
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