Years ago, when there were no internet, social media or video games, young people were forced to entertain themselves in creative ways. For the very young it meant time spent outdoors playing tag or some other game with the neighborhood kids. For the older kids there were books to read, or time spent on contemplating what the next day would bring. Of course, there was the television but that was often only interesting to adults.
Kids had to be creative and use their imaginations to entertain themselves. Creating new games to play or just daydreaming of foreign lands or what they would grow up to be. Imagination and creativity is what leads to new ideas and keeps society progressing.
Those ideas that sprang from the creative minds of those who were raised having to use their creativity may now be robbing today’s youth of the same. The technologies of today deliver more and more each day. There is no longer the need for young people to create entertainment for themselves, it’s just there now waiting to be turned on.
Todays children are deeply impacted and consumed by media and technology. Most kids today have access to video games at home where they will spend hours sitting in front of a screen mindlessly manipulating a joystick. For the older children there’s social media which has taken the place of personal interactions and replaced it with the freedom to bully or berate from the safety of cyberspace.
But aside from the obvious implications there are now indications that social media is affecting the way the brain works. Teenagers are being trained to crave the stimulation they feel from getting likes on aps like Facebook and snapchat.
Hopefully it’s just a phase we are going through as a society. It could be that nature has a way of dealing with these new influences and correcting any harm that may be done by them.