Yes, this is a blog, but I’m no technophile.

I don’t have a BlackBerry, an iPhone, or any of the knockoffs.  I don’t have an iPod.  I rarely download music or movies.  I don’t use my cell phone very often because I hardly keep any minutes on it.  I have never even owned a video camera, and I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to upload or edit video if I tried.

I’m not hyper-connected.  I do belong to a couple social networking sites, but it honestly is mostly just to say hello to my old friends who are spread out across the country, and/or to take ridiculous time-wasting personality quizzes.  I also admit that I love the fact that Brian Griffin has his own Wikipedia page.  And obviously I have a blog, but that’s mostly because I write constantly and am trying to get more comfortable with the idea of people being able to read my writing.

So I know that I’m kind of a black sheep to my generation, but I just don’t get all the technology.

Sometimes the internet is great for finding information immediately that would require time-consuming library research, or to do things like finding academic papers, buying used books, paying bills, comparing products and prices, getting directions, etc.  Of course, I am able to do all of these things using other means, and still often do.  And frankly, I don’t want to be able to do these things all of time, from wherever I am.

I need to stop and take a breath sometimes.  I need to be able to just stop and think.  I need uninterrupted silence.

It seems that people are addicted to being connected via technology.  I mean, nearly every time I see someone walking alone they are on their phone.[1] But at the same time, technology allows us to increasingly isolate our physical selves from the world.  Our relationships devolve into a few words sent across cyberspace or by way of satellite.

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Overexposed, Commercialized

“You know, my kids think you’re the greatest, and thanks to your gloomy music, they’ve finally stopped dreaming of a future I can’t possibly provide.” – Homer Simpson to Billy Corgan

Children and teenagers are different today than they were when I was a kid.  I think I grew up in the cusp of this change, but when I was in high school, kids didn’t have cell phones, or blogs, or TMZ or overexposure.  This was in the days when instant messaging was still innovative (We used ICQ), and before cable modems and DSL were the norm.  Where my generation, we children of the 80s, was disaffected, this younger generation seems almost over-affected.

I think when it comes down to it, Rousseau was right about a lot of things.  Children are exposed to too much, too soon.  They lose the innocence that comes with being young.  They learn fear at an early age.  Parents are more over-bearing, more over-protective, or at least they think they are being so… but the real problem is that the world has changed so rapidly, that parents don’t know what to do to “protect” their children anymore.  And so most attempts are misguided.

The thing is, kids are going to be okay.

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