With technology advancing further and faster than ever before, kids born today will only read about what our lives were like growing up. Below is a list of realities from our childhood that our kids will likely never experience firsthand.
Long Boring Travel
Our family sang, talked or played car games on long car trips. These distractions provided great memories, a chance to look out the window at the scenery passing by, and the opportunity to really spend time together. Children born today, and probably the adults too, are likely to spend these future car trips plugged into their mobile devices. Unfortunately, these families may believe they are spending quality time together as a family. In reality the individuals in the car are not actually engaging with each other.
Experts are concerned that noise pollution is quickly becoming the next great public health crisis. Urban sprawl is not a new issue, but as it continues more forests and farming areas are eliminated. The result is an increase in noise. Many children born today may never know what it means to enjoy the sounds of silence.
Many adults no longer carry money. Payment options such as credit cards, debit cards, paypal, venmo, and apple pay are readily available. Tech companies seem to continuously develop new ways to spend money and to secure transactions.. By the time children born in 2018 are old enough to earn a paycheck, even more payment options will be available. Some question if cash will be completely phased out at some point.
Telephone Land Lines
Children born this year will never know the feeling of being tethered to a landline. Those who haven’t already pitched their landlines will probably do so over the next few years. Most incoming calls on landlines are telemarketers, and with alarm systems and medical alert systems now able to work with cell phones, this old style of communication will cease to exist in the not too distant future.
Will our kids read books when they are adults? Will they know the joy of physically turning pages one by one and the comfort of seeing an old favorite up on the bookshelf? Or will they only purchase stories online and read them on one of their personal devices? I still love books…and treasure the special ones I’ve held onto for years.I love the feel, the smell, and the fun of perusing the titles in a bookstore, but I fear our children will not share these feelings.
The ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs in our society will likely guaranty that some of what we grew up with will not be passed down to the next generation.This makes me a little sad. How about you?