When a child grows up in the Digital Age, they are thrust into a world where they can access a seemingly infinite plethora of information across a wide variety of topics and formats. This information overload pushed on kids at such a young age will force them into an addiction or an outright rejection of our socially accepted pattern: Staring at your advice, doing your absolute best to ignore the people around you.
This is a problem, and its revolutionizing the way people interact. Normally, when people think of a revolution, they imagine the American Patriots freeing themselves from British rule in a heroic act of bravery and valor. This scenario, however, is quite the opposite of the situation in which we currently find ourselves.
Instead of courage, the emotions utilized by the common person in the Digital Age are insecurity and fear.
What type of fear, you might ask? Fear of rejection. When someone logs onto a social network, they are exposed to the profiles of all types of people. Many of them are friends that you know in real life, but social media and the internet are abound with strangers whom you seek a false sense of validation from.
So, how can we hope to create a new generation of healthy, happy, and refined human beings if kids are learning how to hide their flaws and avoid social interaction altogether from a young age?
The article "Social Media's Flaw" from a previous Squall issue addressed this problem by saying Social Media "creates the misconception that interaction through the internet is just as good as authentic interaction." This is something I agree with, particularly because it highlights the fact that people would prefer to communicate online than face-to-face. This is partly because communication through the internet creates a no-consequence culture, one where young people are learning to post things they wouldn't say in real life, allowing them to avoid considering the feelings of others.
"There's not as much pressure" Sharon said. "You know, you can get people's honest opinion if you developed a real relationship with them."
Again, this is nowadays considered OK behavior, a baffling thought, especially when you consider how much we've changed as a result of the technological changes. These young kids are offered hours upon hours of access to the internet, youtube, video games, etc. because parents are often unresponsive when it comes to monitoring their child's "screen time".
if you were lucky enough to understand the world before the time of cell phones, you probably got lost, carried a Walkman around, and had a rolodex. Maybe you listened to your home radio and consulted an encyclopedia for information. But that is not the case anymore; smartphones changed all that. These things were essentially eliminated from daily life because of a small, metal rectangle that fits in your pocket.
While this technological shift marked the beginning of an era where people enjoyed a higher quality of life, it also opened up a door for people to become reliant on only one item.
Just as a species dies off quickly without genetic variation, the rise of digital dependency may very well be our downfall if nothing is done to address this issue.
As people who are blessed with the form of communication, we must take advantage of it and utilize these resources only when they are necessary. Only with moderation can we use our cellphones and still lead a healthy lifestyle.