Is your quality of life better in the modern technological age, or are the machines sucking the substance from your daily experience? Do kids born since the turn of the millennium have a richer life due to access to infinite information, or have their formative years been sterilized by the watching of life on a small screen rather than living it? I fear the later is the fact.
Folks who were kids before the cyber age enjoy memories created by experiences soaked in real sights, real scents, and real sounds. How many Baby Boomer memories have been brought alive by an unexpected scent from the past? What kind of childhood memories is a kid storing away while staring at an I Pad screen? Precious few I am guessing.
I feel bad for kids today because they don’t know what they don’t know. In speaking with a young girl while shooting the Jay Talking video, I asked her if she thought the quality of her life is superior to her mom’s childhood. She said, “Oh yes, my life is much better because I have so much information available to me on my I Phone.” I asked her, “Don’t you ever want to actually do something like sit on a porch on a hot summer night and listen to the crickets?” She replied, “No, I could look up crickets on the computer.” It was at that moment that I realized how truly barren this kid’s life is and is destined to be.
Just as smoking has become “uncool” because it’s just so counterproductive, total immersion in cyberspace must be eschewed in favor of a balance with real life. Perhaps the Surgeon General should decree that a warning appear on computers, smart-phones, I pads, and the like: “Warning, excessive use of this product may be hazardous to your mental and physical health.”