Common Complaints Of A Digitalized Generation
I click therefore I am. This is the slogan of a digitalized generation. Of course, parents might be a little quick at pointing an accusatory finger at their phone-addicted teenagers. In fact, most people who grew up with technology — that is everybody who was born in the 1980s and after — might be a little too dependent on our favorite digital gadgets. Naturally, nobody can deny that technology has greatly improved our lives. For a start, you don’t have to worry about last minute presents, as you can sort them out with a click on Amazon. But there are times when our tech-savviness turns into an insane addiction.
No phone, no life?
If you’ve been a kid in the 1980s and the 1990s, the chances are that you still remember a time when you would send postcards from your holidays and when you walked outside without chasing Pokémons. Unfortunately, the younger generations have grown up with a smartphone in their hands, so they can’t handle more than a few minutes without running to the closest iPhone repair shop when their connection goes flimsy. As a result, it’s impossible to walk down the street without colliding against youngsters, holding their phones right in front of their faces and too immersed in the cyber world to notice where they’re going.
Do gamers have time for a social life?
If you have a teen son or a daughter, you’ve probably experienced the solitary gaming isolation. Kids who play video games tend to spend a lot of time on their own so they might lose touch with time and people. In fact, you should keep track of time for them to make sure that they don’t play through the night — especially on school nights — and that they still go away from the screen to enjoy a meal with the family or their friends. Gaming is not always harmful, as it develops their creative problem-solving brain and concentration. But in excess, video games isolate, destroy social life, and can damage their school results.
Tracking all the things is unhealthy
If you’re into healthy habits and staying fit, it’s likely that you’ve got your favorite tracking device, carefully wrapped around your wrist when you train. Unless you’re a fitness freak and you need the fitness tracker to be on all the time. Tracking your activities and calories is a good thing, as it helps to make you more aware of your health. Yet, more knowledge might not be what keeps you healthy. In fact, several doctors have warned that not only fitness trackers don’t keep your data private, but they might as well increase your levels of stress.
Quick, let me Instagram it
When was the last time you went somewhere and didn’t take a selfie? Selfies have become the new mandatory souvenir for every experience around the world. Here’s a picture of me in Rome. Here’s me again at a restaurant. And here I am in front of my new car. No experience is worth living if you can’t Instagram it and collect your well-deserved likes. Sometimes, you’d like to leave your phone in the bag and just enjoy the moment because it goes away.
Are we too digitalized? Scientists all over the world are concerned that while technology is improving our lives, our over-reliance on it might be the end of mankind as we know it. As for now, all we can do is wait and click.