Paradox of the Youth

Today, many teens and young adults are well-equipped when it comes to the use of technology. A 3-year-old kid can even navigate through a touch-screen phone within minutes. Almost everything can be done with just a click of your finger. Such progress, right?

Remembering the old days when snail mails lived up to their names “snail” for very slow turnaround time in delivery, now we can send our “hellos” and “how are you’s”, our presentations and emails, with ease. What takes months now only takes seconds.

But herein lies the paradox.

A. As BEP or Black Eyed Peas sang in one of their songs, we are the “now” generation. We like to do and get everything and anything ‘now’. With the availability of High Technology, we dislike waiting, we are always on the run. And this makes us all the more impatient. We complain when our food is not served within five minutes. We complain when our internet connection is so slow.

B. We, the “now” generation, have access to the most highest forms of communication to date, and yet I have begun to notice we have become indifferent. Very indifferent. We are almost always glued to our gadgets that we fail to talk and connect with other people. As Nokia said in its tagline, “Connecting People”. Now it feels more like “Disconnecting People.”

C. We have become impersonal. Like buttons, add friends buttons, and etc. are so easy to click away that we can have a million friends in just one hour. But all of these so-called friends are out of reach. What we have now are such impersonal connections.

D. We have become mediocre in the things that we do- I myself am guilty of this. Technology has made every information available at the tip of our fingers that it has made us so complacent. We have forgotten the value of reading from books. We have depreciated the value of feeling the roughness of paperbacks under our touch. The internet is slowly making us its slaves.

E. Teens and young adults today have become prouder. Anyone can show the world his or her new phone, the places one has travelled, the dresses every girl hoards. Today we compete for likes. Today we compete for flattery instead of compliment.

I am hoping though, that this generation will someday re-evaluate the impact of technology and the internet, and that it can go back to giving importance on building personal relationships again.

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