We are constantly hearing how the smart phone and technology in general are killing the art of conversation in the family home or in fact in our general lives. This got me thinking is it really that different to 30 years ago before the internet had been invented to the degree of where it’s at now?
Anything and everything is accessible just by a touch of a finger or google had even been thought about. Let’s be honest we would be lost without google, but it’s just an extension of the reference book that so many of us used to gather the information we needed before the internet arrived.
Is the smart phone or tablet or gaming console just taking the place of the newspaper or the reference book, and have the games consoles of today just taken over the place of the ping pong game you could play on the TV? It was one of the simplest games ever, but incredibly addictive! I remember playing it for hours and not having a single bit of conversation with any member of my family.
It so easy to blame technology for killing the art of conversation. It’s actually almost a convenient excuse to blame our kids and teenagers for not talking to us, but is that really any different from years ago? It’s not. Let’s be honest how many of us as teenagers sat down with our parents and had a full on three hour conservation? Not many I bet. I know I never did.
When I travelled years ago on a train or bus did I strike up a conservation with whoever was sitting next me? Not a chance! My head was buried in a newspaper or a book just like the person sitting next to me who was doing exactly the same thing.
I truly believe the generation of today are so lucky to have so much knowledge so accessible in their right hand on a smart phone, or a tablet or a laptop. What it actually does in my opinion is that we now have a generation of people that are more informed and aware of everything that is going on in the world at any given time.
This actually I know from experience, enables the art of conservation. In the UK at the moment of course the big topic is Brexit. Every breaking story in relation to Brexit is available in seconds on your smart phone via social media. It sparks conversation. I have had long talks with my older children about the pros and cons of Brexit or other major issues in the world. I don’t think they would have been able to do that had it not have been because they have all this information on hand 24/7. Technology is educating our younger generations, and that in itself will always improve the conversation between us all .There is a knowledge and topic that we can all talk about because it’s there for us to read about and form an opinion on and then discuss it.
The smart phone and the numerous other technologies should be embraced fully and completely. They also have no limits. I was in London just before Christmas and everywhere I looked people had their phones in their hands, including me, and then I realised what a large amount of us were doing were using maps to get to our destination. It’s quite honestly brilliant! The times I have got lost years ago and ended up wandering around aimlessly totally lost. Not today! I will go straight to where I need to be. I’m not being disrespectful to map readers, but I never learnt to read maps and on a rainy, windy day I would be left holding nothing, while my map went blowing in the wind down the street.
The smart phone has far more benefits than disadvantages. In fact I struggle to see any disadvantages. The smart phone is here to stay and it’s going to get better and better and our children are not going to know what life is like without a smart phone. The truth is television, newspapers and books were my fountain of knowledge. The smart phone is our children’s fountain of knowledge.
Do you think newspapers and books have been replaced by smart phones and tablets? Do you think smart phones spark conversation? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.