It’s a no-brainer that electronic gadgets is making society technologically adept; and smarter-than-ever. In many ways, as technology evolves, so does society. However, on the other hand, it’s a known fact that these same technological advances are bringing socialization and interpersonal skills to a grinding halt. And it’s starting from the cradle. Soon baby’s first three words will be Mama, Dada and iPad and it doesn’t stop there. Now more than ever, technology is starting at the cradle.
One is left to ponder, can technology and personalization occupy the same space? People who are shy, inhibited or just down-right anti-social, consider these “techno-thingamajigs” a gift from the gods. Face it, some are not ready for such gifts.
Babies who become children, who become tweens, who become teenagers, who become adults, are now suffering and feeling the brunt of this techno-universe. The psychological fall-out of being alone with technology instead of with Mama or Dada can be devastating in the long run.
Nowadays, children who can barely walk, talk or stand alone, are mesmerized at the sight of the pretty bells and whistles associated with gadgets. But once they tune-in, turn-on or connect to games, computer programs and iPads, they’re hooked. Premier toy manufacturer, Fisher-Price has developed a bouncy seat which comes equipped with an iPad to occupy the child’s time so that Mama and Dada can enjoy pockets of freedom. And it doesn’t stop there either. They’ve even developed an iPotty.
The insurgence of sophisticated electronics like the iPhone Series, Androids, iPads, iPods and other forms of electronic communications have led to the question: Is the world becoming akin to Androids desensitized of human emotions?
Is it premature to say, that “Gone are the days of personal phone conversations to ask for a date?” Have text messages, post-its and emails replaced the dialing of 10 digits just to say hello, or in some cases, goodbye?
With innovations like Face-Time, Skype and webcams, the days of that dream date knocking on the door and escorting his lovely date to the car are becoming a far gone thing. The new way of dating is not only depersonalized and singular, but in many cases, it’s initiated from the comfort of one’s own home. People can now eat together, drink together and have sex together via computer or smart phone and never leave the bedroom. These days the dater can be on one side of the city and the date on the other. And never the two shall meet.
It’s been alleged that certain electronics and/or applications are designed to make people stupid, or at the very least, forgetful. When was the last time that a person dialed a phone number from memory without using “phone contacts?” It’s a proven fact that if memory is not used consistently, one can lose it. So ask a simple question today, how many phone numbers have been forgotten?
In a recent RooGirl article, titled 25 Negative Effects of Technology, the negatives ranged from lack of social skills and boundaries to isolation, to neurosis. And for the most part, all of the negatives seemed true.
For many people, being masked behind a keyboard or remaining as the anonymous voice on the end of the phone-line, not only provides secrecy but comfort as well. It is because of this comfort and anonymity that personal ads, chat lines and on-line dating have been so successful. And now, it’s filtering down to the children and their subliminal infatuation with technology starting in the cradle.
Although technology with all of its wonderment can soar children to new heights, it will never surpass the hugs of Mama and Dada when things go bump in the night. Technology from the cradle to the iPad continues to change society.
Written by: DeBorah Heggs