Alston1Yolonda AlstonEng 101Professor Alicia Bolton19June2012 Technology of the Youth over theOld Generation Amy Goldwasser’s article “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” has argues that the internet hasa positive effect on today’s youth in response to the older generation’s blame that the internet isresponsible for the decline in kids actually reading literature. Goldwasser gives examples on how theinternet’s impact has greatly affected today’s youth as opposed to the older generation’s views: Kidstoday read and write on their own free will via social networks, blogs, etc.They have instant access toinformation on any historical event or literature in their possession, and how the youth influence oureveryday life thru the internet. I agree with Goldwasser in saying that the internet has a more positiveinfluence on today’s youth life than the older generation gives it credit for. I agree with Goldwasserby questioning the older generation by asking, “If the inanities ofleveling charges based on fear, ignorance and old media, multiple choice testing?” (Goldwasser667).Technology is looked down upon by most of the older generations who are consequently stuck intheir ways and refuse to adapt to today’s way of life. Kids are more willing to accept change and use it totheir advantage. Technology has provided us with the internet, and it is more than a means ofcommunication.Personally, I had to get used to using the internet for my English 101 class. All myassignments require me to use the internet for blogging, researching, discussions, etc. The internet plays a large role in the lives of the youth today. The youth of today hasincorporated their social life into the internet, “using social networks, blog sites, IM’s, etc. to write andread about what is going on with them and their friends” ( Goldwasser 667).Author JuneAhnstates that “social network sites like Myspace and Facebook are now popular online communities with
Alston2large teenage user population “( June 1).In Goldwasser essay “ On average, a child has 30 or so friendson these networks, they all are going to spend 20 minutes or so hanging out and writing” (Goldwasser667). The social network is how the youth today communicate. This is also how the youth keep up withthe latest news and are reunited with old friend and relatives.Ahn saying that teens use socialnetworking to” Interact, play, explore, and learn in significant ways”( June 1). The internet also provides today’s youth with unlimited amounts of free knowledge at theirfingertips. Goldwasser states that “Ninety –Seven Percent of the teens in the Common Core surveyconnected “I have a dream” with its speaker” (Goldwasser 667). Because of the internet, I can look upthe video of Dr.King’s speech at any given moment with a laptop, Google it on an iPod or read it on aNook. The internet has made information available to everybody in some way shape or form, versusencyclopedias and books. Back in the days they couldn’t just flip a cell phone and look through any oftheir local libraries’ inventory for a copy of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; not to mention that they couldn’tbuy and download it from off the web. Not long ago that laptop, Kindles, Nook, and iPods were availableto us. For example,if you didn’t own encyclopedias, you had to get a ride to the nearest library to doyour homework. The realities of today seem so distant to the older generation. If they would open theireyes they would see what a great tool the internet can be, not saying that the internet within itself isn’tresponsible for a lot of damage. With the good, comes the bad, but in this case the good outweighs thebad from my personal opinion. The internet also gives kids today the ability to look up almost any piece of information uponrequest but it gives millions of kids around the world the choice to voice their opinion. Once a child’sopinion was swept aside, but nowadays the internet has a big impact on our everyday lives. And withthat being said, anybody who has access to the World Wide Web can voice their opinion on any andeverything they desire. Millions of kids from around the world have visited sites like YouTube, Twitter,MySpace and Facebook to voice their opinions on everything from presidential elections to their favorite
Alston3fast food restaurants. With the way society depends on computers and the internet nowadays, theyouth’s voice will be heard. With devices like the iPod, Nook, and Kindle book readers on the market,the use of books might one day be overlooked. Most of the books that are released today, as well asolder ones, are now available in a digital form. Hard copies of books, as well as pens, are being pulledfrom classes.Schools around the country have already begun to issue iPods andlaptops. I couldn’t thinkof a better way to get kids more involved in learning. In ten years or so when technology becomescheaper, the use of a book bag may no longer be needed. Technology may eventually incorporate everyaspect of our lives. In conclusion,I agree with Goldwasser in saying that the internet has a more positive influenceon today’s youth than the older generation gives it credit for. Kids of today read and write on their ownfree will, they have instant access to any historical information or literature in their possession, and theyinfluence our everyday life with their opinions via the internet.
Alston4 Works CitedGoldWasser, Amy. “What’s the Matter with Kids Today? “The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook. 2nded. Ed. Marilyn Moller. New York: W.W.Norton &Company, 2010. 666-669. Print.June, Ahn. “Digital Divides and Social Network sites: Which students participate in Social Media?” Journal of Educational Computing 45.2 (2011): 1-2. Computer Source.Web. 19 June2012.