A Sign of the Times
March 3, 2007 2:22am CST
Have you ever wondered what we are losing in the name of technological advancement? It's 3:00am here and I am not sure what made me think of this as I wait to hear from my husband who had to leave in the middle of the night because his business was broken into, except perhaps that because of the digital video footage of the break-in, they may be able to catch the thief. I have always thought that I was born too early. I remember as a child wanting to be born later so that I could be around for telephones that would let you see the people you are talking to (and don't ask how old it makes me feel now to know that we already can!). I was thinking of the obvious things, like letter writing and phone calls have gone by the wayside for e-mails and instant messages. But there are a lot of other things that are dwindling from society as well. Our children play on computers and game consoles, carry cell phones and I-Pods or MP3 players. They are less active and over-weight. They are developing adult diseases like diabetes, ulcers, etc. My children may never send or receive a letter from a pen pal and watch the mail in anticipation for the airmail symbol. (I had a pen pal from Egypt and still have the letters and their envelopes somewhere). No one plays jacks anymore. People are vacationing to space for goodness sake! I was lucky to ride a train and take a ferry! I watched 20/20 tonight that had a segment about kids trying to out-do one another for infamy on the internet. What happened to good old rock-paper-scissors? Or trying to win a go-cart race? All in the name of technology. I wonder what is in store for my grandkids?
• United States
6 Mar 07
I remember playing jacks. Staying outside playing with my friends until the street lights came on.That was my curfew.I remeber writing letters.It is sad that the kids today don't get to play outside like I could. In some places they wouldn't be safe.G-d knows what your grandchidren will consider fun.
7 Mar 07
You're too right about it not being safe for some kids. We recently moved to the country and my daughter laughed because now she didn't have a curfew - her curfew was when the street lights came on too! I have too many letters to write now - sad fact is that I can type faster than I can use a pen!
• United States
7 Mar 07
Technology, with all its wonderful contributions to our society, comes with its own challenges and responsibilities. The internet is a wonderful place, brimming with information, but it does not replace the fact that man still has to process the data and view which is correct and which is false. It's a great place to meet people and form friendships, but at the same time, its a haven for online predators and scammers. So one should always apply discretion. All the neat little toys that educates and entertains our children can never replace parental supervision. I like living in these times. We have so many opportunities that were never available to our forefathers. However, common sense never grows old and should always be applied.