Recently, David the Good forwarded me this article to read over. Technological Dependence and the end of Freedom is the title. It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking through a lot in recent months, as my kids are growing and the technological “must-haves” for raising children in Generation Z is overwhelming. TV’s everywhere, cells phones in the hands of 8 years olds, smart devices in nearly every area of the house. Is this a help or a hindrance?
“I’m not here to grunt and shake my spear at the wheel and the combustion engine and the programmable computer – I like all these things. But, what I don’t like is the dark future I see when humanity turns machinery into a great metal, polymer and digital “nurse maid” and we lose our ability to take care of ourselves. Dependency is the cornerstone of slavery, and our civilization is becoming increasingly dependent.”
It is a thought-provoking and an eye-opening write-up. He has made me think through several decisions as a member of the human race but more importantly a mother. How am I allowing technology to shape my kids? Now I must think through, is this a help or is it a hindrance in their development as members of the society?
“Interaction with other human beings without social media or instant gratification has become unthinkable, but the real world does not function according to personal whims, and so, people have begun to discard time when functioning away from the web; they become grossly impatient, like small children. When forced to do the “remedial tasks” that are required for survival they grow frustrated and complacent. They avoid the pauses or quiet moments in life, refusing to ponder experiences and explore the deeper meaning behind the events they read about briefly each day in their news feeds. All the information is at their fingertips, but they have no clue how to absorb it and apply it critically.”
I’d encourage you to read through the article HERE and think through the points he has made and decide for yourself. Is this the end of our freedom? Are we hindering the development of the next generation?