What would we do without it, right? It’s proved useful time and time again. Saving lives, making other lives easier, and generally being extremally helpful. Except nothing is perfect. I know, I know, where would we be without computers and the like? Whereas they’ve helped us a good deal, we can live without them. We have been. For thousands of years.
I know I’ve said this before, but I work at a library. One day I was checking out an older woman’s books. As I was scanning them, a young girl, maybe four, ran in with her mother. Her face was sheer excitement. The woman laughed in a happy way.
“It’s good to see kids so excited about reading,” she said. “It makes me glad.” We exchanged token ‘Have a good day’s’, then the girl’s mother came up.
“Can you get my daughter onto one of your touch-screen terminals?”
“Sure thing.” I set the little girl up on a children’s learning computer, where she spent the rest of her library visit. Staring at a screen. No books involved.
I appreciate modern technology, I really do. But I think there’s a ‘too far’ point, and we’re getting dangerously close, Gen-Z. Did you know that there’s a push, granted a small one, to call our generation the iGeneration? Yup. There is. Because we all have phones, or macs, or tablets, and we can’t seem to get enough of them. Yes, they make our lives more colorful, more interesting and easy, but let’s not get carried away with it. Please.
Again, don’t get me wrong. I love the benefits of modern tec. It’s simple, cool, and convenient. I’m not saying we should abandon all our phones and things and throw ourselves back into the 1800’s. We wouldn’t have been able to go to the moon if it wasn’t for our computers! But look at it this way, going to the moon is a lot different than checking Snap Chat, or posting pictures of salad. We’re not lost causes yet, we can still do wonderful things with technology. Let’s just not limit ourselves with it. You can do amazing things with an iPhone, not just watch YouTube or your social media. Once more, let’s not limit ourselves, or our technology, just because we can. Let’s be the best we can be, and make technology the best it can be. I know we have more in us than Twitter, I’ve seen it. Now let’s show the world.