In my “Issues in Mass Communications” class, my peers and I have discussed how receptive and open we would be if some sort of new bio-tech product was created that could link with human consciousness. We had quite the debate, yet everyone seemed to agree that there had to be an age limit applied to this futuristic act of ‘linking’. Our class of young and inexperienced college students identified the importance of an individual experiencing a stable and natural maturation process.
While we focused on the future, we failed to address the already existing interference created by the already existing screens and devices. As discussed in the linked article below, children are exposed to high-level tech at such young ages; they’re beginning their online lives at younger and younger ages. Is this bad? Good? Beneficial? Hurtful? I’m not certain. But what I do know is that I’ve always favored moderation. I feel as though there exists a healthy balance between this technological upbringing and the natural one. An individual needs to be exposed to the tech world they will inevitably enter when the grow older, but I don’t think one can overstate the value of the creativity-generating ‘natural play’ that traditionalists seem to cling to. The core concern, when stripped down to it’s essentials, focuses on an individual’s exposure to different ways of thinking and perceiving.
The true vitality can be found in the expansion and development of a human being’s mind, regardless of how traditional or modern the manner in which this is done is.
Quote from article: “I know that my kids have a technology-filled life ahead of them, and tech will continue to have a plethora of benefits. But for young kids, my hope is that they’ll benefit from simple pleasures in the real world first.”