This morning a few students were discussing cell phones.
Apparently, one of their moms was buying one of their six year old siblings a cell phone even though she herself had had to wait until she was *gasp* eleven to get her first phone.
She then asked me how old I was when I got my first cell phone.
You should have seen their jaws hit the floor when I told them I was either 20 or 21.
But, for these kids who were born after the internet was freely available in most homes in America, technology is not a convenience, it just is.
When my nephew was three years old, he wasn’t impressed that my Google phone could find him pictures of batman if he held down the microphone button and said “pictuws of bahman”. It just was.
It is interesting comparing these digital natives to anyone in my job older than myself.
I still remember in 8th grade using green screen word processors and my freshman year having windows computers. By sophomore year we had T1 lines in our rural 400 person high school and could email and surf freely, albeit slowly (glacially compared to what the phone in my pocket can do today).
It is a different world.
It is a different point of view.
Of course today’s youth (anything from childhood to mid-twenties) expect and demand instant gratification. That’s what their world is. It. Just. Is.
Gone are the days of trying to remember who hit the walkoff home run in the ’97 World Series. Instead you Google it on your phone and recall it was a walkoff single for Renteria. Of course, there is no need to remember that. Literally. Trivial knowledge is useless when you are constantly carrying an extension of your brain that can find any information in milliseconds.
And, if that thought offends you, try looking at it from another point of view. Imagine how your thought processes and learning would be different if you had the same advantages we now have. Those advantages you are inclined to call disadvantages or distractions.
Today, think about a time you’ve been forced to view an issue through some one else’s perspective– how did that challenge you? How did that change you? Are there certain things you struggle to view from any point of view other than your own? Think about it. Talk about it. Tell me about it and help me understand.