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Has technology zapped our children's brains?

By tcavadias Staff ·
This morning I got a phone call from my 14 yr old son. He is a freshman in High School and wanted me to email him his homework that was on his computer. Seems he tried to copied it onto a disc, and rather than double check to see if his homework was indeed on that disc, he just assumed it had copied as its suppose to. What?! You mean computers are suppose to actually always do what you expect them to do? Without doubling checking to ensure and not assume? His assumption will cost him but it will also serve as a lesson in always double checking first.

This phone call got me to thinking - Just how much does this generation depend on technology to function in this day in age? What would happen to them if all the technology in the world all of a sudden just disappeared? Would they survive? Would they know how to survive when they can't look it up on Google? Would they have any friends when they can't fire up Yahoo!? Would they know how to spell or even do basic math equations?

Don't get me wrong, I love today's technology - it can make things easier (and fun) for me, but I also know how to get things done without depending on it. For me at least it's a tool to be used to make my work and everyday life simpler - it's not something that makes me go "Oh my goodness I can't add 2+2 because my computers calculator doesn't work" (as was the case recently when I went to Mickey D's and the cashiers computer couldn't tell her how much change to give me back).

Has the ease of technology zapped our children's brains? Has it taken away their ability to function and think for themselves? Has it made things in life "too easy"? Are they too dependent on technology?

-Tammy :-)

PS: And no, I did not email him his homework, as cruel as that may sound, it is not my responsibility to email him his homework. It is my responsibility though to teach him lessons in life and this is one of them.

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Stick to your guns, Tammy. <nt>

by santeewelding In reply to Has technology zapped our ...
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That last question of yours

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Has technology zapped our ...

could be asked of our generation as well. Are they too dependent on technology?

You speculate as to what might happen if technology just disappeared. What would happen to them if all the technology in the world all of a sudden just disappeared? Would they survive?

I think particularly in terms of urbanites. Do they know how to grow and preserve food? If they do, is their property large enough to grow anything? Potable water and waste disposal become paramount. I don't have a deep well, disappearance of technology cuts off my water supply.

IOW. I think the disappearance of technology leads to much larger questions of survival than you broached. (I think in these terms way too often! )

etu

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Oh, yes

by santeewelding In reply to That last question of you ...

Witness the anxiety when the megaphone known as TR misbehaves. Grief counselors, yet, like Tammy.

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:0 -- Never, Never say that!!!

by The Scummy One In reply to Oh, yes

could I survive -- yes, would I be bored out of my mind -- yes, would I suddenly decide everything sucks too much to allow anyone else to live -- yes
If I needed to, I could create (build) some tools from rocks/plants/trees. However, living without Pesticides, power, and computer :0 :0
What a very CRUEL thought that you have had!!! Off with your head!

Oops, bump this post up a few... I was not paying attention :0

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Very true Box!

by Tink! In reply to That last question of you ...

It's not just our kids, but a couple of generations are at a loss of what to do when the technology fails.

The survival techniques of old are only known by a handful these days. If all the technology were to disappear there would be a mass chaos. In the end, though, those who weren't killed in all the riots and looting would learn from those who already do and practice primitive and basic skills - such as the Amish, and our plethora of wilderness experts who all have their own TV shows.

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Just think of it

by jdclyde In reply to That last question of you ...

New York and California would be toast within a week.

Floridas OLD population would start dropping like very old flies within days.

Obama would sure wish he had a god and some guns to clutch onto about that time.

If we are talking no electricity (which runs everything), 90% of the global population would be dead within a year.

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Florida's old population debateable.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Just think of it

The ones in rural areas would most likely do alright. They have deep wells, freshwater canals nearby, along with the knowledge somewhere in their brain of how to do without the conveniences technology has given us. Many of them employ solar technologies to pump and heat their water.

In many ways, the oldsters are best equipped for dealing with the failure of technology. Location, location, location is the next digit in the equation.

etu

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No air, no transportation, no free coffee

by jdclyde In reply to Florida's old population ...

And lets be clear, I am not talking "Mae" elderly here of just being "pretty old". We are talking people with walkers and wheelchairs. Imagine the ones that got their "free" amigo? Can't plug them in anymore.....

Now, here in Michigan where you have the old farmers, we will be fine. Lots of corn, potatoes and deer. Mmmmm, stew.....

Wouldn't it be grand to see the anti-hunters singing a new tune?

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Dependent elderly vs. independent elderly.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to No air, no transportation ...

Dependent anybody is screwed if technology fails overnight.

etu

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I'm reminded of

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Just think of it

a novel by Pat Frank, Alas, Babylon. Required reading in 10th grade.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon

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