Kids in the Netherlands are spoiled each and every year with digital devices. These devices are most likely to lead those kids their lives. This article is a reflection on modern day society and the generation that I'm a part of. This is some serious food for thought. Read more after the jump!
I woke up early realizing I had to complete the other half of the photo project I’m doing. So I went out as soon the sun was breaking through the clouds. I walked around for a bit when I came across this tree that was in full bloom (didn’t expect it after all those rainy days).
I went out to take the picture when I noticed these rollerblade girls (8-10 year-olds) and they started to ask me all sorts of questions about why I’m making this and all sorts of stuff. So, I tried to explain to those kids who I am and what I’m doing. They were so respectful and curious with way they responded. That made me think. These kids, this generation, will probably still be able to like or even admire art. I even asked them if they knew what film photography is they responded, “YESSSS!” These kids will be alright later in life (I’m definitely rooting for that).
That event started a process in my head. I’m really happy when I see the youngsters having an interest in art. Nowadays, schools (from elementary to university) use digital support in their educational policies (smart boards, educational software, etc.). If those young kids only learn how to interact with computers and other digital devices, doesn’t that interfere with the creative part of their brain that delivers the original solutions? If the pattern continues, these kids will become mostly solitary and technology will fill in the social part in society. If you think about it, this generation is going to take care of us when we are old and wrinkled. I don’t want to hear a robot greet me, ‘Hello, good morning.’ I really like to sit and talk for hours with a real human.
Is technology going to excel that much? I don’t know, because the situation I’m sketching is the present and not the future. Shocked?
Every day, when I’m commuting, I look around. Everybody seems to be bound by their digital devices. As true slaves, they cannot escape from their masters. It almost looks like we’re living in a society that educates that eye contact is forbidden, where talking to a stranger is seen as an act of perversion. I don’t like the way were heading but those kids, they made me think there is a chance.
I leave this food for thought with you guys. I’m not a preacher but I like to open eyes from time to time.