These things always start with a totally unexpected topic which veers right and then left, takes a detour through Bullwinkle’s Fractured Fairytales and ends up as the gospel truth.
It started with a discussion on the new cars coming out that can drive themselves. From my perspective this is not a bad thing. Suppose I have a heart attack. My car could get itself safely off the road without killing me or anyone else. I wish it could do CPR but perhaps it can call for medics.
So how can this turn a group of gray haired ladies into a frenzied mob? Simple. They started talking about the inadequacies of children these days.
Of course this new technology would mean that the young kids coming up would never learn how to properly drive a car.
From there it went into a litany of all the things that advancements did to ruin kids. After all they can’t give change without a cash register telling them how much to return.
They can’t really add or subtract because they have apps for that. They don’t memorize multiple tables. Lord knows that puts us at the bottom of the heap.
I don’t agree with all the negativity. I was going to comment that ever since matches were invented, I can’t start a fire for anything but thought it better not to go there.
As new ideas come along, we no longer need the skills for the old way. It’s just life. Stick shift is another good example. I made it a point to learn how to drive a stick shift car but many of my friends didn’t.
There are some things that we can do easily that kids can’t do as fast without technology. However, given my druthers, I would have loved to grow up with this fangled technology because it’s so much easier to learn when you are young.
Growing up today isn’t too shabby. I received a generic education. No one ever told me that I could write or encouraged me to go into languages (I was a very quick study for languages).
If I had a child with my particular talents I would have guided them to look into international relations or journalism. How exciting that could have been.
I love that today’s kids, especially the girls, have such great choices. They can be whatever they want if they work at it. I wish I would have felt that growing up.
They are very smart and capable! They have the best developed digits ever! Talk about opposable thumbs!
They aren’t less skilled than we were. It’s just different now.
The only thing I regret for them is that they missed the sixties. Oh my God! What a wonderful time to come of age!