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Youth Culture and Technology Addictions

November 26th, 2008 by Rose DesRochers · 5 Comments

I can’t speak on behalf of the entire youth population, but a large portion of today’s youth have completely been changed by today’s technology. Text messaging and social networking sites take up a large percentage of their free time. They no longer use a land-line phone. They use a cell phone. Instead of calling Mom and Dad on the phone where you hear their voice, they send a text message.

Yesterday, I was talking to my 18 year old daughter and I told her to check the mail. She replied asking me if I had sent her something. I told her that I meant ‘snail mail’ and her reply to me was that she had no idea what I was talking about. Once I told her that it was the stuff the postman brought she clued in.

Video game addiction among today’s youth is also on the rise. A report suggested that 8.5% of U.S youth gamers have been classified as clinically “addicted” to playing video games.

My friend’s 12 year old son is addicted to video games. His interests in all other activities has vanished. All he wants to do is stay home and play video games. He even wants to be a video game tester when he grows up.

Has technology addiction become a devastating problem?

Through the technology that we have at our disposal relationships have even taken on a new meaning too. When a relationship is over, it is ended in a text message. In my opinion that is rude. My daughter has been broken up with twice by text message and even drunked text for booty.

That’s correct! Sadly, some guys and girls even use text messaging to schedule their booty calls. A poll conducted by said that 17 percent use text messages to “arrange sex encounters.” That is just sad, but not surprising.

NBC reports: That through U.S. schools there is a problem with students sharing naked photos uploaded from phones. Teens send nude photos via cell phone. What are these teens thinking?

Are today’s youth obsessed with their cell phone? My daughter says that she can’t live without hers. In one month she spent $ 150.00 on prepaid cards.

So now that I’ve voiced my opinion on todays technology, feel free to reply and tell me what you think about these growing addictions and ways of communication.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Nov 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Our grandson just got done playing a computer game… with his grandma!

    The only thing is, he’s in Wisconsin and we’re in Arkansas.

    When we left to come home in September, it wasn’t like the old tearful days of saying goodbye to someone that you wouldn’t see for a while. After all, phone calls are cheap and so is IM — it doesn’t cost us any more to make the calls and send the messages than it would if we didn’t. It’s almost like a local call.

    Technology is great, so long as it is managed properly.

    Our kids grew up before the technological revolution hit full stride. My main concern is how our daughter manages our grandkids’ interface with it.

  • Roger Green
    Wrote: Nov 26, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    It’s a Web 2.0 world, like it or not. The interactivity of cell phones, Facebook and dare I say it, blogs, is how they relate to the world. A previous generation might have been addicted to television, which was totally passive.
    My thing is that ppeople of all ages are NOT as good multitasking as they think they are, every study I’ve seen shows. Texting and driving may be as deadly as drinking and driving.

  • Bob
    Wrote: Nov 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Totally agree Rose, technology has changed the way we do our business and run our lives, and it’s only going to get worse. I have no problem with anything in moderation, but kids don’t know the meaning of moderation. 🙁

  • Daly
    Wrote: Dec 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I have so much I could say but will just leave it at, “it’s just sad” what is happening to children out there. How some escape to video games rather than live the reality of participating in athletic or extracurricular activities, have face-to-face interaction or learning to cope with conflicts and life.

    My husband and I are not buying anything technology related for our nephews and niece. We give Tonka toys and activity books instead of DVDs and fake laptops. They are exposed to plenty as it is and I just hope their parents can teach them how to use technology responsibly.

  • Daly
    Wrote: Dec 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Rose, regarding my last sentence, I hope that didn’t offend you. That’s not my intention. The difference is your daughter is an adult where my nephews and nieces are younger than 4 years old who are growing up in a digital world. I hope they can grow up doing things kids should be doing, play outdoors, have tea parties, take dance classes, etc. instead of being stuck in front of the t.v. watching DVDs or whatever some parents do to pacify/distract their kids. Ahem…it’s my second sister who does this but I am not one to tell her how to parent. My oldest sister is doing okay with her two kids, filling their life with activities instead of video games.

    Thank you for your post. I’m reminded to leave love notes on paper rather than texting my husband, LOL!!!