Article: "7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable"

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  1. sciencewrestler

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    This publication* is the last place I would expect to see such an introspective and sobering piece, but whatever, it's a good article and unfortunately I have to agree with it. :( I always felt something was wrong with kids spending so much time on the net and making "friends" but didn't have the right training & vocabulary to express it properly.

    Warning: contains strong/crude language.

    "7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable"

    BTW along with various photos, the bear illustrations really help to drive home the point of the article.

    There are definite advantages to using technology but IMO there is also a dark side to it.

    * Cracked is a publication much like MAD magazine, and anyone who read MAD (I did until the mid 90s) knows that mixed in with the dopey juvenile humor :cool: was lots of truth, including biting social commentary.
     
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    Wow! Great article! I'm posting the link on my Facebook for all my former students who are in college - they should know this.
     
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    Constant texting drives me nuts! I can't stand it when your talking to someone and they're looking down too busy on the phone. It's so rude ugh!
     
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    Wow, that was one of the most important and insightful articles I have read in a long time. Thank you for posting it.
     
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    Here's a related story from earlier this year:

    "Communing With Nature Less And Less"

    excerpt:
    I have an A.A.S. degree in industrial electronics (1987, so pretty useless now!) so I am not against technology itself, but do worry about how it's used.

    And a personal observation: what happened to all the hobby stores!? Here in Houston, in just the last five years I would say easily 75% of them have closed their doors. In the same time frame the hobby section at Michaels & Hobby Lobby that is aimed at boys (model planes/cars/boats, wood projects, model rocketry etc) has shrunk from two 20ft aisles down to half of just one aisle. :(
     
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    Thought provoking.
     
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    That's a great article. It made me think. I do communicate on this message board TOO MUCH (er, should we say addicted?) but I am glad I have friends outside of this.

    I am actually lucky that I am gay, because there is a big old gay community out there, and I am friends with a lot of people who are NOT like me except that they are gay. I mean, we do like different music, different movies and whatnot and don't even get along all that great sometimes- plenty of annoyance there, believe me. I know absolutely no one like me, for instance, every one of my friends hates the sci-fi TV shows and movies I like... thank goodness I haven't been to those message boards. In fact, I probably annoy my friends with my battlestar galactica talk (and my coworkers think I am crazy) so I am spreading a bit of that annoying neighbor stuff around for the rest of the people I know.

    I'm also Jewish, and sometimes being a Jew is reason enough to make friends with someone. You're like, "oh, you're Jewish? Me too!" Viola! Instant friendship. There aren't many Jews around here, so when you meet one it's like instant chemistry...maybe the reason I joined the local gay jew network on facebook... yeah, that's probably a BIT too many people JUST LIKE ME to communicate with, but what the heck. I never actually met any of them, and didn't go to the Gay Shabbat last week.

    Anyway, my suggestion to the problem- be in a minority group and then find other people in your minority. Just because you have the ONE thing in common, doesn't mean you will have much else in common. I don't have much in common with many of my friends, but we all hang out. We find ways of connecting- even if my America's Next Top Model nights fell by the wayside and one of our friends transitioned from female to male and is now dating a dude. (Even I find it odd) yeah, we're still his friend. So that's my solution.
     
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    Interesting that I'm reading this article at a technology conference... hmmm...
     
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    I really don't think that this article proves anything. The parents in both of these examples were paranoid and never let their kids on any of the sites that could have gotten them in trouble. Yes, it did mention that even those kids that were monitored on those sites engaged in activities that most would consider "normal" teenager talk but I don't think this article has told me that the internet is actually good for kids... It may even prove the OP's point even more. How many of those kids that were monitored got on the internet to talk to their friends instead of going over to their house to communicate in person???
     
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    Ha! I was waiting for someone to post a link to that article. :)

    But as Learner4Life says above me, the Macarthur people's findings don't say much of anything useful IMO - all they basically say is that kids use the internet a LOT for communicating, something we already knew.

    What bothers me is that the findings say nothing about The Big Picture i.e. how that type of communication is affecting kids emotionally/psychologically, which is what the Cracked article DOES address. And the Cracked article cites many different separate studies & when taken all together the reader realizes something isn't right.

    I am not sure why so many people blow off research, though the attitude that hard facts and numbers don't matter - something *useful* research always includes - I guess is part of that attitude.

    Anyhoo............

    This bothers me:
    ???

    Well, yes, I am sure most kids that use the net to communicate with other kids want to learn how to use it in the most effective way to do that - duh (this is akin to walking into a bar, standing on a chair and asking "Who here likes to drink?" :rolleyes:). So IMO this "finding" is an irrelevant issue to bring up. Again, what they are not addressing is the problems all that "learning" can create.

    And "creative writing"? Bwahahaha! If anything from what I can see texting has damaged the art of creative writing, not helped it! And unless a child actually wants to have a career in the broadcast industry, making videos (a very time consuming endeavor btw) could be keeping him/her from learning a hobby that they truly would enjoy as a career.

    There seems to be this constant pressure to make the internet and anything with the word "digital" in it something that can save the world, including the world of education. At the risk of sounding like a Luddite I think that is asking for trouble. Computers/internet/digital-anything are just tools to help humans, not replace them, and even tools can cause problems if they are used too much or used incorrectly.
     
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    I thought, upon, reading this: "Wow, throw this statement to a bunch of educators!" And, well, here we are.

    I think the self-esteem argument is a tricky one. I will admit that I find it very difficult to support the self-esteem of some students--they have to show me something to have self-esteem over. I hesitate to say they don't deserve it--as human beings, we all have worth--but, it's tough. Does that make sense?

    I enjoyed the article. I am beginning a unit on science fiction literature this week, with a focus (conveniently) on the use of technology and communication. It gave me more food for thought.
     

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