Skip to comments.Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Posted on 08/03/2017 3:14:14 PM PDT by Drew68
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Yes. They have destroyed a generation.
People have become stupid because they do not have to remember anything.
Sure, but the reasons they aren't having sex have little to do with morality. They're not having sex because they aren't developing the interpersonal relationships where sex could happen.
They aren't having sex because they're not leaving their homes.
I teach 9th grade English. Kids today are REALLY addicted. They have developed all sorts of sneaky ways to access their phones without being obvious. They can text under the desk without even looking. They string the earphones up their sleeves and under their clothes and hair. They hide it under a book or a hat on the desk and tip it so I can’t see it but they can. It’s like crack.
No. It just changed things. Part of the problem with this article is it assumes the way things worked for the generations that had cars but not the internet/ cellphones is the right way. Ignoring the fact that the how those generations grew up was vastly different than pre-car generations. Some things are better, some things are worse. Less teen sex and drugs is definitely better. Less independence is really just reverting to how things were before cars and the nuclear family. Less hanging out is again reverting to life before cars. More depression could just be a byproduct of how much more we whine as a society and have nothing to do with smartphones.
Each generation grows up in a different world. And as tech advances speed up the differences become more dramatic. And they grow up adjusted for their world. Those who grew up in a different world like to assume it’s worse, but that’s because we studiously forget our parents thought the same thing. It’s different.
I see this with who I presume to be married couples in their mid-30s to mid-50s. Seems they would rather eat and interact with their smartphones than socialize with each other during their meals.
I am 73 and have disliked any phone since I was a teen. I had rather be reading. I use my phone to send texts to my daughter, my grandson and granddaughter. My daughter runs our business and is in meetings a lot. It is easier on both of us to just text. That way she can read when she has a break. If I need to talk, I just tell them to call when they have time. When I get in the car, I turn my phone off. Calls can wait until I am not driving.
Guys got it easy today hell all i had was the sears catalog and national geographic
Nice article but too hard to read on my smartphone.
One of the most irritating things is the high rise office building I work in. Everyone getting in and out of the elevators is busy on their phones, paying no attention to anything else and creating all sort of problems for each other and dinosaurs like me who think it’s ridiculous. And then there are people who walk into you on the sidewalk because they are only paying attention to their smartphones.
The one that cracked me up a couple of weeks ago happened in the all-day continuing education seminar I was at. I could see this 20-something a couple of seats from me spending the whole time swiping at pictures of women on his phone under the table, paying absolutely no attention to the speakers. I assume it was “tinder” or something like that. My thought was, well, at least it’s pictures of women he’s looking at.
Another issue: Pokemon Go. I was out on my jogging route yesterday and they must have set up a new “hot spot” on the sidewalk. There must have been 75 people there, all staring at their phones. When I came back on my return run a half hour later, a crowd of people was still at it (it was getting dark at that point). All I could think was that these folks believe that that is “reality.”
My other big laugh is watching tourists visiting here taking smartphone pics of their just-served restaurant meal. Then the frantic finger action which I would guess is posting the pic on some social network.
And yes, it seems to be a 30-40 yr old female thing to do, not millennials. Could be the kids cannot afford to eat at a place that serves food worthy of photos.
They’re exposed to sexuality at a younger age but the relatively solitary existence they lead due to living their lives largely online via social media, has led to the persistence of childlike behavior well into early adulthood. I see it with my own 14 year old niece, she’ll lie in bed all day with her stupid phone and ignore her family, even when my mom and I are visiting. My mom is in her early 80’s and she’s her only grandchild, she lives to make her granddaughter happy and to try and make pleasant memories and memorable experiences for her, but the reaction more often than not is, yep, whatever, it makes me angry to see it. I try to get her outside and away from the thing as much as possible with some limited success, but she goes right back to it. She has problems with depression and I can see why laying in bed all day. Get out, get some sun, do something, do anything, don’t just lay there in bed I’ve told her. It doesn’t sink in.
Yup, that’s what I’ve really noticed with teenagers these days, a sort of passive there but not there. They hang around, but don’t really engage with the environment around them as much. It’s certainly not entirely bad, I’m Gen X, and we basically did all we could to separate ourselves from adults whenever possible, and it was not generally for a good reason. But man, I feel sorry for them in a way, because what will the memories of their teenage years be like?
I admit to being just as bad.
My granddaughter turned two in June. She gets my phone and goes right to YouTube to watch Barney or other kid videos. She knows how to skip the ads. She can find the Snapchat app and can take her picture and send it to people. She gives me my phone if it rings. She knows how to hang up a call. It’s crazy.
My daughter is on her phone a lot, too. I often try to talk to her and she doesn’t hear a word I’m saying. I have to wonder how many parents are ignoring their children in favor of their phones.
I don’t think smartphone dependence is confined to teens.
I’m 70 and don’t have any kind of cell phone - never have. So I cannot imagine the fascination with these phones. People sleep with them?
Well it would be a very boring world if everyone was like me.
It simply confirms what I’ve dubbed these contraptions since practically their first appearance on the scene:
Because that’s what they are. (No, not the technology inside them - the name refers to their effect on the users).
Smart phones for dumb people.
I do, too. They should do a study on retirees. I have time to be on my phone a lot. I admit I’m hooked.
I’ll comment later. My iPhone is making me Dinner.
Every restaurant in my city is begging for workers. From what I’ve seen, the young work ethic is dead.
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