Roleof Information Technology in the Present Generational Gap
Themillennials are the younger generation that are said to have come ofage after the new millennium. They consist of people that were raisedwith the concept of information technology already being in play.Therefore, by the time that they were in their teens, they alreadyhad access to personal computers and the internet. As such, theyshowed more interest in this new technology and, therefore, had abetter grasp of it. This created a generation gap with theirpredecessors, Generation x, who were somewhat reluctant to embracethis new technology. Currently, this generation consists of peoplewhose entire life revolves around the internet connectivity. Most areso into texting and typing on portable devices that they have beennicknamed as ‘the thumbers’ (Douglas et al. 2010). Their totalimmersion in information technology has raised several issues thatare tackled below.
Whetheror not this new generation has lost its sense of shame with the risein the use of social networks, most people in this generation tend topost personal details without much thought. All they just seek isattention. That is why cases of leaked nude photos and lewd messagesare now a regular thing one can chance upon on these sites. Thisreally shows how shame has been thrown out of the window for thisgeneration (Xenos et al. 2008).
Theconstant need to be seen and noticed online is a drive that most ofthis generation has. However for most of this generation, there is noimportance to this crave. This is because most of this generation isout there sharing and posting information that is of no use at all tothe society. To some extent, I feel that the internet should bemonitored especially for the minors in this generation who haveaccess (Buckingham, 2013).
Internetaddiction is a real thing. It is mainly displayed through a personwho can barely go an hour without accessing the internet. This leadsto the person disregarding other activities of greater importancesuch as schoolwork and personal hygiene. Some even get so much loston the internet that they develop terrible eating habits thus leadingto either anorexia or obesity.
Theability to share photos on most of these social sites has led thisgeneration to be superficial. Most of this generation judge, whethersomeone is of good character or kind, hearted just by seeing how many‘likes’ or comments they have on the social site. They,therefore, look down upon those who do not fair that well on socialnetwork fame. This is a gross misinterpretation of someone’scharacter (Keene et al. 2010).
Humaninteraction has been adversely affected due to the rise of thedependence towards the internet. Most parents of this generationbarely get to have meaningful conversations with their children whoare constantly engrossed with their phones or computers. It hasbecome so severe to the point most of this generation barely make orreceive phone calls. They mainly prefer texting, which is barely anemotional form of communication (Buckingham, 2013).
Thequestion of whether to unplug from the internet or not is a bitcontroversial. Inasmuch as the internet is slowly eroding meaningfulhuman interaction, some of its benefits are profound. It would,therefore, be advisable to monitor strictly this generations’ useof the internet to ensure that we do not lose all of our humanity toit (Xenos, 2008).
Theease with which one can gain information for this generation may haveled to some form of laziness among members of this generation. Thisis because when they are asked anything, instead of reflecting on thequestion, they quickly look it up on Internet-based search enginessuch as Google. This has led to a generation that rarely thinks forthemselves (Oblinger et al. 2005).
Theability to archive our lives in cyberspace will lead to a futurewhere terms such as privacy and confidential to no longer apply.Anyone’s information will be easily accessed which may result inscary scenarios such as being harassed by stalkers. Cyber bullying isalso another trend that is on the rise, which mainly affects theminors of this generation and may lead to long-term psychologicalissues (Keene et al. 2010).
Anotherissue is that this generation’s language is being negativelyaffected. This is because of rising cases of internet slangs andacronyms that are considered fun and hip when used. This can lead toa situation where most communications in written form are notstructured correctly grammatically.
Overall,the internet has led to a huge chasm between the current generationand the previous one. This can only be bridged through propermonitoring of its use and special restrictions to be setup tosafeguard our future generations.
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