I believe that technology is changing our generation. This generation has been exposed to many things that most people take for granted but use every day. Almost every teenager has a cell phone or computer to keep them occupied. I, myself use these things every day. The internet has become a major part of most teenagers’ lives. Websites like Facebook and Myspace allow people to interact without actually being together. Teens in today’s society are becoming more social now than ever as a result of this.
Another important new piece of technology is the cell phone. More specifically, texting, has changed the way teenagers communicate. It allows teenagers to convey a small message to a friend. Some people view texting as a bad thing. This fad has grown so large that some teens don’t know how to hold a conversation in person with someone that they may text often.
Academically, things are also a lot different than they used to be. Ten years ago, parents would not find out their child’s school grades until they received a report card by mail. Now, though, schools are beginning to you websites that allow parents to check every grade of every assignment their child as completed…or not completed. This is a very useful tool for parents, but obnoxious for teens. These websites put a large amount of stress on teenagers, in addition to the stress caused by the competitiveness of colleges now days. They are more competitive now than ever. I believe that technology is the reason teens are they way they are right now and that the next generation of parents that grew up with these things will most likely parent their children differently than this generation.
I believe that technology is shaping America’s teens. This generation of teens is very social, but may not know how to hold a conversation like the last generation who did not have this technology. This generation of teens is put through a lot more stress than the last generation. Competitive colleges and very watchful parents make the school experience not as enjoyable. I believe that parents of today’s teens should give their kids a break and understand that they are going through much more stress than they ever did as a child.