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5 kid failures caused by technology

by Alex in |

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Today I’m brutally overtired because our 7-year-old kept us up for an hour in the middle of the night. Cause: nightmares inspired by the iPad game Plants vs. Zombies.

If this feels like divine retribution for exposing my kids to brain-rotting video games, it’s far from the only new-school parenting challenge. Sure, we think about the big issues, like whether kids are ruining their reputations on Facebook, or losing the ability to write full sentences that don’t include the acronym OMG. But what about the little things — the tech-created personality quirks, defects and incapacities that are cropping up among the tech generation? Along with video game nightmares, here are 5 kid failures that I’ve observed:

  1. Handset incompetence: Whereby kids grow up so used to talking on speaker phones that they seem incapable of understanding that phones have an earpiece and a mouthpiece.
  2. Ad susceptibility: Raised on Tivo and DVDS, children grow up unexposed to advertising, and therefore take every advertisement literally, resulting in family bankruptcy after they act on every infomercial viewed.
  3. Googlecentricity: Since Mom or Dad always google the answer to questions like “when were dinosaurs alive?” and “who invented the stapler?”, kids are unable to accept ambiguous answers to questions like “what happens when I die?” and “what do dogs think about?”
  4. Monitor smudging: With Android phones, iPhones and iPads fast becoming the most frequently used devices by the under-10 set, kids fail to grasp the idea of a non-touch screen, and insist on touching every TV or monitor that comes within reach.
  5. 140-character brains: Kids get so used to their parents tweeting their cutest utterances that they learn to formulate their every thought in 140-charcter increments. Come to think of it, this problem isn’t limited to kids.
First posted on August 18,2011
  • Ribbitmeister

    That last one was pretty meta

  • John

    This article is ridiculous! Are you kidding me? How could someone get “inspired” to get a nightmare from playing Plants vs. Zombies? Hear we go again blaming video games for everything. I am tired of the media using video games as a scapegoat.

    Stupidity ruins your reputation of Facebook not tech you prick!

    All 5 ‘kid failures’ are full of ****, i think there is a failure with your brain.

    Haven’t you heard something call “you must be 18 years or older to order” before you can order something from an infomercial.
    For that “Monitor smudging”, what kind of stupid person could think a tv is a touch screen!

    This article is one sided, you never talked about any positive effects tech has on kids. You failed to talk about the decade long studies involving thousands of kids, and they proven time and time again that video games DO NOT make any one violent.
    Alexandra Samuel you know nothing about tech,

    your just making yourself look like a fool.

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