Opinion

iGeneration: The Impact of Technology

HALEY ARMSTRONG

STAFF WRITER

Growing up alongside technological excellences in Generation Z, or shall we say “iGeneration,” couldn’t have had a greater impact on who we are and who we want to be. Crawling during the spread of creativity and innovation, we might have been better off mumbling “Google” before “goo-goo” could slither out of our innocent, baby mouths.

As I’m typing on my school iPad, I can’t help but be in awe of how far this world has gone. This technology has gifted us with the power of knowledge and community. With an avalanche of advantages, living in this day and age is exciting. Just with a little iPhone, a click can virtually take you to any place in the world, tell you anything you wish, and connect you to new perspectives.

Unlike earlier developmental periods of history, the invention of the Internet has had global effects on our culture. Technology can create accelerate revolutionary movements, or just popularize unnecessary trends such as the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. Although there are numerous benefits associated with living in this wonderland of technology, Generation Z is unfortunately getting caught up in the virtual world.

Technology enables people with different perspectives to interact; however, it can, with mass exploitation, drain into a self-boosting mechanism to “gain as many followers as one pleases.” These social media platforms — Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc. — were built to allow individuals, companies, and other organizations to share ideas, create bonds, and exploit information.

Living in a time of mass consumption with urges for the “next best thing,” society has made its efforts to up each other. Blame it on the competitiveness of this generation or blame it on the self-promoting arrogance that can only be heightened when filters are added to each picture, but we need to stop living our lives through a screen.

Purpose. That’s where the problems lie. From playing video games to texting rather than talking, we are forgetting about the world around us that, contrary to popular belief, does not stop once the phone shuts off.

Dependence. As a result of being glued to our phones, a day without electronics can be a technological terror. Technology has unfortunately led us to believe the fallacy that our generation cannot think or perform tasks by ourselves.

The problem is not with the technology advancing, but with us and with our responses to it all.

An increasing number of youth have become addicted to a plethora of gadgets. Although technology makes tasks more efficient, quicker, and easier, we cannot forget our roots as we are soaring in these electronic clouds. Unfortunately, if we are dependent on technology to keep us flying, a quirk in the system can knock us down.

My views on technology aren’t black or white; as technicolor television was introduced in the late 1940’s, a plethora of colors and shades basically emulate the complexity of my perspective on this innovative tool. Just like fire, electronics can be used as an aid or a distraction; we can either burn up in the flames or use it to our advantage for warmth
and cultivation.

Technology can provide a myriad of benefits evolving the improvement of humankind; however, its screens can become a barrier to block this generation’s trials and tribulations of growing up.

It is so easy for us to miss what is right in front of us while getting caught up in the extravagance of social media, video games, and other controllers of one’s mood and mind.

I’m just asking for all of us to do one thing: put our phones down, live in the moment, and create tangible memories rather than rushing to post them on our Snapchat stories.

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