Disappointing Disconnection

Communication has been important to humans ever since creation, and it can be seen in all the species on earth. As time has moved forward, technology has slowly made its way into human’s lives to improve it; however, in about the late 1900’s, technology has been increasing at an enormous rate, and in the last decade, it has been increasing fast enough that the average consumer cannot seem to keep caught up and own the “latest and greatest” as many will say. For the younger generations of the 21st century, all of this is only the beginning and may seem to them that is it maturing with them as they age.
When the silent generation (those born in 1928-1945) was growing up, they had little communication with those around them, unless those people were close by. They learned to make every letter count, because they never knew when or if the recipient would receive their letter. During the times that they and the baby boomers grew up in, visits to family and friends were spent purely to catch up and bond with one another before years or months went by again with little to no communication to one another. By generation X and on, communication and travel became a much easier way to keep up the connections, but it was still difficult early on, until about 2000. These people learned to appreciate the time that they have with their loved ones and friends, because they know what the feeling of not being able to communicate well for a long period of time feels like. The younger generations have not had to experience this, even in the few cases where a child grows up in a poor family.
In the past decade, technology has become advanced enough that even those considered lower middle class in the United States tend to access it often, such as computers, phones, planes, smartwatches, etc. Children are often handed this technology, because the parents hope to make up for the disconnection they had with family and friends through their child or children. This response leads to a child never truly understanding the appreciation of someone taking time to contact them, whether it be in person, over the phone, or even by mail. This lack of appreciation has caused the younger generation to lose the want and need for meaningful social interaction, due to the fact it has become so easily accessible. Many of the younger generations will spend time with family and friends doing non meaningful activities together, because of this accessibility.
Another issue of the accessibility of technology is that younger generations are not getting the necessary social interaction needed, because the parents are finding the ability to quiet a child with a tablet easier than holding and comforting the child. This ability has made it easier on the parents who need a child to calm down when in a grocery store but has also caused the same child to not know how to discuss their feelings with others. This new mentality of simply giving a child a piece of electronics to stimulate them into silence has caused children to lack maturity and development, because the parents are not being more involved. The lack of involvement has caused children to not have a mature adult to reach out to and get help to understand new feelings and emotions, along with how to cope and express them properly. Social anxiety has increased for many partial due to these reasons of not knowing how to interact.
Children may be benefiting somewhat from the convenience that technology can do, but with the irresponsibility of parents now, this issue will only ensue if children mimic what their parents did with them. Social interactions will lead children to not know how to interact with each other into adulthood, as well as be behind on maturity and brain development, due to proper stimulation not being given. Unless future generations and millennials realize this soon, the world will eventually not know how to interact with one another without a screen being between the two.

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