I was talking last night with my husband and roommate about what life will be like for our children, specifically with how they use technology.
Already, we notice a difference between us and next year's college graduates. We're technological, yes, but it seems like the younger the person, the more digital they've become.
Let me give you an example: The little girl I baby-sat back in Austin not only had her own iPad, but she could navigate it better than I could. Not only with Angrybirds, Fruit Ninja and the game with the penguins and the icebergs, but with the settings and with her videos and with the desktop in general.
Now, I consider myself fairly techy. Maybe I'm not the most savvy, but I try. And I'm very interested in where technology is taking us. But last night we wondered: how far is too far?
Will our children understand the value of a face-to-face meeting? Or will their relationships occur completely online. Maybe they'll chat with a classmate, and spend the entire first date with this person hoping it will end so that they can go home and log on and actually talk with them.
There's a Toyota Venza commercial out right now of a twenty-something woman sitting at a table with her computer, talking about how sad it was that her parents have only 19 friends, compared to 687. "This is living," she said to the camera, right before laughing at a supposed-puppy in her browser window. Her parents, on the other hand, were mountain biking with their friends, enjoying the outdoors.
I'm not saying that technology will be the death of us. Far from it, in fact. I am so excited at the possibilities that technology offers us, especially when it comes to tower farming, green- and sustainable-living. I mean, how cool is building a dome over the city of Houston? It's very cool.
But we need to keep ourselves in check. We need to be more and more consciously aware of where our priorities are. Because, if we fail to use technology (and social networking) in its most effective ways, we will eventually find ourselves more isolated and primitive than ever before.