Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Just Let It Be and Breathe

By: Mary Kiser


It started with a text.

After flip phones were introduced to the public in 1989, messaging people as if it were like drinking water later became the newest trend in ’93. Gone were the days of kitchen-phones attached to clunky, coiled wires. Gone were the days of asking Mrs. Smith if he could speak to her daughter. And gone were the days of awkward calls with your significant other as your parents listened in on the other line. 20th century America and 21st century America are like fraternal twins: the two share many similarities, but the rapid growth of technology has been forever ingrained in the latter’s DNA. Therefore, our generation is more accustomed to the impersonal <3 or ;) than actual conversations and physical connections.

I have to admit that I am part of the millions of teens that squeal over a new iPhone, especially since I love texting an emoji or nine, listening to music through YouTube, or stalking irrelevant celebrities’ Instagram accounts. However, it can create problems of disconnection, isolation, and plain existence as more people, especially teens, become more in love with their screens versus the potential faces they could be seeing. Technology advancement definitely has its advantages, like being able to find a missing child quicker, or contacting a mother you never had the chance to know. Don’t let those perks fool you! Be aware of the disadvantages just as much as you’re aware of your best friend’s drama. A good book or outdoor activity usually doesn’t lead to a lack of sleep, a catfish scandal, or trouble with your parents, anyways. J 


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