In a recent Daily Show episode, Bill O’Reilly’s show was mocked for talking about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and trying to connect it to the MAJOR GIANT END-OF-US-ALL PROBLEM of teens texting. Yup. Teens texting.
Teens aren’t the only ones who text. Adults do too – even grandmas, grandmas OF teens – and they face similar problems of level of connection to other people and deterioration of communication skills.
Texting is also not the only thing people do with their mobile phones. A large chunk if not most people with mobile phones in Canada/USA have smartphones and data plans or wifi access that are essentially small computers. Young people are just an easy target to complain about – blanket statements will further validate an older cohort’s prejudices no matter how unbased in logic or reality they are. Accusing an age group of being the worst of the worst is just senile resentment (see what I did there?), but does the common consumer technology we now use actually affect us for the worse?
I present to you, over the next few days, a series of posts: Does My Phone Make Me Less ______?