The Duality that Affect’s a Generation Within
The generation Z child born from 1995–2012 is governed by an exceedingly sophisticated social media environment. This internet savvy group has matured into a rather distressing subject among many parents, teachers and especially grandparents in today’s world. My own conviction leads me to speculate social media’s presence in today’s world. Hence becoming a greater drawback than anticipated, and that’s saying a lot coming from a twenty-year-old who is addicted to blogging about my life on Facebook. I am constantly overloaded and accustomed to uploading my day’s events with my friends on Instagram and snap-chatting all my groups to see what’s up. As dependent as I am, I am fearful for my future. I think the expansion of the social network is bewildering and a growing industry that could benefit us well in the future, but I have a bigger distress of it hurting my impending children and the way they interrelate. I am apprehensive of society as a whole that could overlook that deep conversation connection we once had. I worry of the long-term effects of an IPad screen in-your-face 24/7 and how it could affect the way one interacts.
I believe humanity is self-possessed in the innovations and advancements of entertainment technology today. Society as a whole has become blind-sided by the harmful social long-term effects of friendly media. For example, I sit down with my grandparents every few weeks and have a family dinner or spend some extra time with them. During these gatherings, I constantly have to remind myself that they don’t quite understand why youth today can sit with a bright screen glaring in our face for hours upon hours. I question it every time my mother tells me to get off my phone and socialize with them. I then ask myself “Why do I care that my mom is telling me to put down the cell phone and talk.” Ultimately, I believe a normal conversation one on one is more meaningful than a page long paragraph someone could be texting you. Conversations with my grandparents provide much more knowledge and education than I ever do within conservation within my cellphone.
My passion is deep-seated on coming from a family that did not allow a television in your room until you moved out for college. Our first phones were earned by middle school graduation, and family values made it known that phones held no place on the dinner table. I come from a family who holds meaning in conversation and is strongly connected by verbal exchange. I express this concern because I think this topic will be a fundamental future area of study. I urge the generation Z teens to help preserve the meaning of conversation among friends, family and others. The friendly connection, my family and I have is what I hope to instill with my children one day. Even so, my passion for trending and social media may very well bring my ultimate fear to light.