It all started with the first telephone. The first telephone made it so you didn’t have to go to someone’s house or, as they said in the olden days, “call on” a person just to say hello. You suddenly didn’t have to write lengthy notes well thought-out sentiments, or inquiries into people’s lives. The world was moving in the direction of speed and progress, but the world was also moving toward detachment.
When the cell phone was invented, there was no more waiting to call a person at home, or spending quarters to use a pay phone. You could contact people almost anywhere at almost anytime. It didn’t matter if you were with family, at work, on vacation, or doing your laundry. You were suddenly expected to be available at any given time, in any given place. Years later text messaging was invented, making it so you didn’t have to speak to someone in order to communicate, you could write to someone and expect an immediate response. When the typical student was growing up, there was no such thing as an iPod or a laptop. The most advanced phone out there was a Razor or a BlackBerry. The typical student grew up with board games, VHS tapes, and cassette audio books. That student spent most of their time outside, and was forced to meet up with children who lived nearby in order to entertain themselves on playgrounds, and by creating imaginary worlds of our own. The typical modern day student had to rely on friendship and imagination to get through the day. They were forced to make friends, and were never allowed to sit inside on a nice day and waste time watching television. They were forced to develop social skills and allow their imagination and creativity to grow.
As the typical modern-day student grew up you could always find them with their head in a book; today if you look at a child of any age you will find them with their head in their iPhone or their ears plugged in to a portable music device. They are completely tuned out to the world around them. Today kids more and more are checking out of reality in favor of a world of virtual reality. They are not enjoying life and appreciating what they have, because they are concerned with everyone else.
The Millennial Generation is a very special and unique one because we are the last kids that will have grown up in worlds both with and without technology. The Millennial Generation is the last generation that will know what it is like to socialize without the aid of technology. We are the last generation that will remember the world before everywhere you went you were able to reach the internet or have cellular service. The new generation is a generation that will be reliant on technology as a crutch in everyday social interaction. They will never know what it is like to live without technology, and because of this, they will never have the need to question, imagine, or entertain themselves. We have created a world where all the information and entertainment a person could possibly want is at their fingertips, but at what cost?