In the video below, I interview my youngest son, Gevonni Carbon, regarding one of his favorite things to do, which was and still is his favorite…going to the library. He was three years old at the time.
Although my son has a tablet and a 3DS, my hubby and I makes sure he does not spend too much time on these gadgets. Although he loves reading, there were times when we had to take the 3DS away from him. He also has a Tablet and does spend a lot of time on his tablet researching various topics of interest.
So it is up to us as parents to make sure our children find the time to read and create a balance so that they enjoy reading and not let technology take over. My son was pretty much taught that the games and the tablet are rewards for reading. So once he’s finished reading he looks forward to playing his games or his tablet. The same rule applies for the to older boys too. My hubby and I refuse to let technology dumb our children down.
Is this really the dumbest generation?
Is technology making us smarter or dumber? I can quickly answer that question without even thinking…it’s making us less creative, growing dumber with each new generation, lazy, etc. I can go on and on…yes, the dumbest generation. It does not have to be this way at all. We parents are to blame for this. We spend way too much time depending on modern technology.
That is why I try my best to go back to basics with a lot of things, just to see how I cope without the use of modern technology. For example, I don’t even have a cell phone. I might be the only adult in the world that does not have one…(smiling). I chose not to have one because of health reasons.
The last cell phone I had was back in 2012. Do I miss my cell phone? No! However there were situations that I got caught in that were really rough without a cell phone. You see, there are no public pay phones anymore, like there was in abundance on every street corner, growing up in Brooklyn, New York.
Children Don’t Read Enough Today.
We know that the children in half of US households have a tablet or e-Reader – yet they are used mainly for gaming, films and music, but not reading. My hubby and I are making it our business to lessen the amount of TV that our children watch on a daily basis, and make sure the children read more.
As a matter of fact, we don’t have regular TV anymore. We have Netflix. My children used to complain about how little TV and game time they had, but they are used to having less but actually enjoying more. I let them know it is for their own good. My firstborn is seeing the benefits of spending less time in front of the TV, less time on his tablet and spending more time doing what he loves…agriculture. He spends a lot of time outside, embracing nature.
Is The Computer Taking Over Our Lives?
The computer has become such a major part of my life that it is not funny at all. As a matter of fact, I think it’s sad. Don’t get me wrong…the computer is beneficial, as it’s my means of earning income, but we are becoming too consumed by it. Does the good overshadow the bad? Hmmm….that’s another question that would take a great deal of words for me to answer…another topic to tackle.
Too Much Texting
Too many of our young people are depending on Texting in order to communicate with each other. There is very little communication between people these days. According to Psychologytoday.com, “A new study suggests that constant texters may be sacrificing accuracy for expediency. One of the convenient features of our handhelds – the program that figures out the word we want to use before we finish typing it – maybe be part of the problem. And, the new research suggests that frequent texting may even rewire the brains of young people.
Dr. Michael Abramson and associates, an epidemiologist at Monash Universtiy in Melbourne, Australia studied over 300children aged 11 to 14 and found that kids who used mobile phones performed faster on a battery of cognitive tests but they also made significantly more errors. The bottom line is that frequent use of the devices makes kids fast and sloppy.
This is likely a problem for middle-aged and older digital immigrants as well. Todays’ rapid pace of information constantly assaulting our brains challenges our ability to pay full attention to any one thing. Our laptops, fax machines and instant messages pressure us into quick responses that lead us to sacrifice detail and accuracy.”
Board Games: Develop Valuable and Critical Thinking Skills
As a family, we sometimes sit in our living room playing interactive, and challenging games like “Connect 4,” Trouble, Sorry, Monopoly, scrabble, Uno, Domino, Connect Four, etc. We figured that we need to get used to these games because when “Shit Hits The Fan,” we would be forced to go back to basics. So why not get used to playing these games and actually enjoying each other’s company?
Today, children spend a lot of time playing their 3DS, PS Vita, etc, and don’t have time for board games. Board games actually help children develop valuable skills and critical thinking skills. They are also a boatload of fun and it encourages families to spend more time with each other actually communicating. Most children these days don’t even know how to play these board games and they don’t want to learn. I think this is all sad.
It’s time for families to sit around the table again to eat and to play games. Yes, we have all of those games mentioned above and we do sit as a family and play them. Our favorite is Connect Four. It’s time for us to stop being so lazy and get active again. Most people would disagree with me, but I think we should all consider going back to basics. I think we are going too far with this modern technology and it’s taking away more than it’s giving.
Mark Bauerlein – Young Americans Are the Dumbest Generation
What’s most important to me is family, being physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Modern technology seems to play a role in the destruction of these things. This is my opinion and I don’t expect most people to agree with me. My family and I are going back to basics little by little and we enjoying every minute of it. It’s making a great positive impact in our lives.
Below is an article I found in the Deseret News by Benjamin Wood regarding his opinion on whether technology is making us stupid or not. Check it out below.
Is technology making us stupid? Author suggests ‘Internet sabbath’ to students
OGDEN — It gets us where we’re going, tells us how to get there, entertains us on our way and, at times, lets us stay put in the first place. It connects us, instantly, with friends and family across the globe. It heats our homes, washes our clothes and keeps our lawns green. The term “technology” is broad, but as machines become more capable, are humans becoming less?
After that question was posted on Facebook, Deseret News readers responded that with the advent of modern technologies their handwriting has suffered, their ability to spell without a checker has decreased, their friends and family can’t hold a conversation without distraction, they rely almost exclusively on mapping software to find addresses and at times have had a sense of panic when they can’t access their cellphone contacts.
“My siblings, I don’t even know their cellphone numbers off the top of my head,” said Jordan Liau, 24, of Provo.
Ten years ago he could produce the phone numbers of his friends and neighbors from memory. But today, if pressed, he said he’d be lucky to remember more than 10. Like most smartphone users, making calls is only one feature on the device Liau checks hourly for text messages, emails relating to his job with BYU Catering or updates on his friends’ Facebook pages.
“I could probably be without Facebook for a day,” he said. “It wouldn’t kill me; I would just feel separated.”
In William Powers’ opinion, that separation may be just what the doctor ordered.
How to raise a brilliant, happy, confident child
Spend time with your child. Schedule play time with your child and also have your child play with other children. Make sure you encourage your child on a regular basis to be his or her best. A child needs to know that they are loved unconditionally, unique and very special. Don’t be afraid to let them make small mistakes and then talk with them about why it went wrong in a non-judgmental way.
Does your children lie to you often? If so, it might be because you over-react too harshly when they behave in an inappropriate way. One of the problem with many children today is poor self esteem. Poor self esteem is usually the result of a parent who fails to encourage their children enough. As a parent you might be advising your children more than encouraging them.
Does your children stand up for themselves? Stand back, and encourage them to do without trying to help them to quickly. Make sure you don’t discipline them from an early age regularly in public. Yelling at your children in public or embarrassing them in front of their friends will only lower their self esteem.
Does your children respect other people’s feelings? If you find that they don’t, it might be because instead of speaking to your children, you command and order them around like a drilling sergeant. If you find that your children are too quick to anger, it might be because you give too much attention to their bad behavior and you give little attention to good behavior.