Technology has a downside

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010

About a week ago, I posted a basic question on this site "Yahoo Answers." Pretty much it was "Who remembers life without a cell phone?" Now I was expecting a little of everything, maybe funnies from others stories etc. One thing I touched on in my question was the fact that the kids these days are so wrapped into cell phones, they don't pay attention anymore to the world around them. You will never guess what happened. The person that wrote back, that hit me the hardest was a 14-year-old boy from somewhere in the world. From the mouths of babes! If our own kids are feeling this way, and admitting problems like this, its time to do something people. I say no more phones in schools period. Get it back to the way it used to be when they first came out. Keep it to a minimum! Here is his story, I hope it opens some eyes:

"I'm 14 years old and I'm using my phone right now! My 'I want a cell phone' story started when I was 11. Almost all of my friends had mobile phones and I wanted one so badly! So I asked my parents to give me one and they always say NO! You are too young to have one. About 2 years ago, my father gave me a phone (SE W200i) and I was really happy! I thought it will be fun but I got bored quickly but I was interested in one thing, the mobile internet. I surfed the internet every single day till I became addicted I was surfing the net for hours non stop for no reason. I told my mother about my issue and she took my phone from me. It was hard in the first few days then I felt like I'm free. I sold my old phone and brought a new one and I use the mobile internet for useful purposes only.

"I agree with your point, teens are always stuck on their cell phone everywhere and it is really annoying because they become lifeless when they are using the cell phones."

This young man said it all! Take a look around you the next time you are out and about. Make a point to notice people and especially our young people. Notice how many of them are glued to their phones. We have created a problem, that is causing lack of attention to everything. Somehow, a line needs to be drawn with the parents. Don't get me wrong, technology is wonderful! But, it also can be a bad thing when overused. Thanks!

Kara Steele


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