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  1. Hi guys! It's been a while since I've made a good ramble. Here goes: It's the year 2015. With technology and innovation rapidly moving forward, there is literally a plethora of new products at our disposal. However, some things that technology has achieved can be said to make society counterproductive- things that we use or binge on that prevent us from being efficient, or getting work done. For example, when too much time has been spent on social media, gaming, or just scrolling your new phone,work is not getting done(I am guilty of all three). Some particular advances in technology will continue to hinder our efficiency, distract us from working, or simply make us become lazy, because its job is to do something for us in the push of a button. Now I understand if you think it could work the other way,- how technology has helped us make great strides in science, leading to breakthroughs etc...but I would like to focus the discussion on its negative implications. Just the other day I had some relatives come over with their two kids, sort of like a half botched family reunion kind of deal. Both were under the age of 10, and they both had iPads. While we were about to take a family photo, one of them had to be told several times to put it away. It was clear that my little friend's interest was more on his iPad, and not on a potentially memorable family experience. An iPad was able to undermine the idea of our family spending quality time together. With all this, I'd like to focus your attention towards how technology can affect the lives of young children, those who haven't matured enough to understand what time management and priorities are, or how hard it really is to get a university degree and making a living for some of us out there. Living a life where you are able to get a quality education, technology will always be part of the environment you are raised and grew up, even more so today. If some young adults such as ourselves find it hard to control how much time we spend on something such as social media, think what could happen to future generations if parents didn't regulate the amount of "stuff" their kids are exposed. Children might be obsessed with that new app, phone or game. My dad has gotten me to think the world is coming to **** because of "all the new junk people make". Even now I find distaste in seeing six-year old kids on their iPhone 6's. It's gotten to the point where I generally don't like interacting with kids and even younger students because of how technology has spoiled them. Even hearing babies cry irks me -anyway- the way I was raised, and the way my parents and probably your parents were raised, the idea was that when you're young, you should be exposed to more valuable experiences to learn, develop yourself and find out what you really love doing, not whiling your days away on this, that or the other. Technology comes in the way of that idea. "But mom," I said. "All the other kids in school have a cell phone." Completely taking away the source of entertainment might elicit a more than negative response from the child. Some quote I heard a while back really made me think it relates at to this thread(the second part anyway). It goes something along the lines of: "Objects are made to be used, and people are meant to be loved. What's fundamentally wrong with our world today is people are being used, and objects are being loved." How is technology and innovation really affecting younger generations? Is it becoming a problem? What can we do to effectively get younger children to stay focused, and how much regulation is necessary? Does it just boil down to effective time management? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, whatever you have to say.
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