You’ll be surprised to hear that for some kids these days it must be tiring managing all the things they have and buying all the things they still want (sarcasm of course). It’s painful trying to decide what to do next, or what to buy next, right? At least this seems to be a challenge for a certain sector in the more affluent communities.
And then there are kids everywhere else. They are encouraged to stay in school, study hard, get good grades, and after all that, get them to interact at home and try get them to feel good about who they are. Could it be, though, that these rich kids’ minds are the ones being most warped by all the technology they allow into their lives?
A recent talk at the Parent Zone Digital Families Conference in the UK conducted by Professor Tanya Byron, a psychologist who was, until recently, Chancellor of the University, offered some findings from a study showing that kids of wealthier families are the ones who end up disappearing into the virtual world more than most others that are less fortunate.
The result is that their risk-taking is performed online, rather than in the real world. Up-close and personal, social interaction is a lost art nowadays. That’s not the worst part. In addition, more of these rich kids seem to be in search of clinical assistance as well. It seems they’ve discovered that having all the gadgets in the world, doesn’t necessarily make you happier or more productive. Absolutely ground-breaking right?
Professor Byron said that many of these children end up living inside those gadgets rather than going out into the real world and socializing with what the “old-timers” call, their mouths and using actual audible words. Sorry, that was my take at the end. I couldn’t help myself.
According to findings, parents are so keen on being their kids’ friends that they find it hard to encourage them to step back from their technology; many parents frustrated that they can’t get their kids off their phones to even listen to them anymore.
Of course, there are much more important and even mental implications arising from the notion that the rich have the most tech toys. What happens when mad-scientists make the chips available to be inserted into one’s head — chips that do the thinking for you and help you appear a lot smarter than you are?
It’ll probably be the rich who will likely get them first, and then we can only use our imagination as to what nightmares that will bring as a result. If you think kids are out of control now, just wait awhile; it’ll be the magic that dreams are made from (sarcasm of course).