Is Technology Killing Our Kids?

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Father and Son at Sunset

Is technology killing our kids?  Absolutely.  We are raising the first generation to have a lower life-expectancy than their parents.  Yes, I said lower, as in they’re expected to die at a younger age.  With the advances in technology coming by leaps and bounds, very few people live in “real” time anymore.    When’s the last time you watched the sun set?  I mean actually watched it, live, with your own two eyes as it was taking place.  If you can’t remember, you’re helping to prove my point.


The PBS documentary Outdoor Recreation in Decline featured a round-table discussion with representatives of each generation.  The attitudes of nature and technology were predictably present, but what was interesting were the deeper discussions about how and why.  The population is moving to a gotta-have-it-now, no delayed gratification, fast forward world; perceivably the link to the huge increase in attention deficit diagnosis.

Ron, Fritz, and Fish

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