Technology drives today’s generation

In Spanish 4, students use iPads for lessons, part of the growing attraction to technology by today’s youth.

In Spanish 4, students use iPads for lessons, part of the growing attraction to technology by today’s youth.

Erin Antosiek‘15

Reporter

There are many pros and cons concerning today’s youth, with all of the latest advances from science and technology, as well as other drastic social change. How is the new generation of youth different from the past generations, and are they better or worse off today?

Christian Roy ’16 said, “I don’t personally believe one generation is better than the other. Each generation is adapting to the world’s social changes.”

Over the last couple of decades, many studies have tried to measure and compare the attitudes, beliefs, values, behaviors, and characteristic traits of different generations. Some have found that this generation’s youth are more environmentally and socially conscious, less materialistic, and less judgmental than the baby boomer generation.

Technology is one of the biggest ways the world has changed. Technology allows people in the world to connect and communicate with their friends and family by using social media, email, and of course, by calling or texting. As a result of using technology to communicate, individuals are becoming anti-social.

Emily Colletti ’16 said, “It’s much easier to talk to my friends by texting or calling them.”

Very often I find myself surrounded by people who are staring at their phone screens instead of having a face-to-face conversation. Many people would rather sit and play on their phones instead of socializing with friends and or family.

Today’s generation worries about documenting everything they do, through photographs and videos, as well as posting on social media.

Alex Bondy ’15 said, “The use of technology is preventing people from living in the moment.”

Today’s generation has a certain desire for attention, acceptance, success at all cost, overemphasis on money, attraction to bad behavior on “reality” television and other garbage that media has to offer.

Today’s generation is not at fault. They did not pick the time in which they were born and how shifts in society occurred. Should parents be held responsible for the reason the new generation is the way it is? Or society as a whole? Each new generation of parents are experimenting, they do not always know exactly what comes with new changes, improvements, and perhaps the consequences of their actions.

Brooke Piekutowski ’16 said, “Today’s society is shaped by the parents of yesterday!”