We Grow Indoors
A blogger’s challenge rests on the ability to consistently develop new topics that will ignite a passion to translate a new idea into eye-catching words.
When it comes to the management of my blog site, I rely heavily on quality and less on quantity. I’d rather publish work in long intervals that provides an impactful response, than throwing meaningless content back to back.
After months and months attempting to seek my next big topic, the idea came to me, ironically all thanks to Facebook.
Staring at the glaring white and blue screen of my profile page, my fingers voluntarily decided to type in my status box the following thought:
“Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions our youth face today is whether they should post their picture on Instagram with filter or use multiple pictures with Frametastic. Twitter a status or Facebook it. Use their cell phone, tablet, or laptop for Internet use. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer when I had to choose between my bicycle, razor scooter, or Barbie dolls…”
There was very little optimism that I would receive high-acclaim or support for the status and, indeed, my instincts proved me right. Out of the 478 friends (a number way below the norm of 1,000 friends) on my list, only three liked the status.
The lack of reactivity that night merely proved that both our younger and older generations are guilty of making those same decisions as stated above. No one would dare support a thought that reflects and denounces their own actions. At least I had the audacity to pinpoint a societal flaw, which I myself commit at times.
It is evident that we live life aware of the fact that we will be subjected to the world’s transformative process. We change, our atmosphere changes, and the way we react with our environment changes as well.
However, entering the 21st century, society, throughout the years, has gradually lost its eagerness and patience to embrace their lives with an active mindset. These days the majority of us function with such passivity and the culprit partly at fault for this is the progression of technology.
Before I proceed, let’s make note that technology has been an incredible asset to our world. Whether it’s for medicinal purposes or relaying information (such as a blog), the tools that technology has given birth to provide us the unique privilege of living a blissful lifestyle.
Yet, what is one’s gain is another’s loss. The rise of technology has gradually diminished the enthusiasm to run, jump, skip, and play. It’s as if we were all flowers who have genetically evolved from needing sunlight to survive to now relying on shade.
Have you driven through the streets of your neighborhood lately? Do you see a group of kids riding bikes or playing basketball? Yeah, me neither. Walk by any chalk art on a driveway or sidewalk? Haven’t seen any either.
I remember when parents would kill to live near a cul-de-sac just so their children could play outside safely. My childhood was on an enclosed street where I would have my friends waiting on our driveway for me to come home so I could play (mind you I was born in 1990, so this wasn’t too long ago). Nowadays that mentality is practically nonexistent.
Recall the days when kids would beg and plead their parents for a skateboard, a trampoline, or even Skip It (Google it if it’s before your time)? For those that lived in the era of Barbie dolls and action figures, quality of these products has decreased while the focus has leaned towards technological developments. It’s a disappointing sight to watch your five-year-old cousin play with Barbie dolls made entirely of cheap plastic, enlarged heads, and exaggerated makeup. If you’re like me and have kept your old school Barbie dolls, don’t even think about throwing them away. You’ll thank yourself when you have children and want them to be influenced by dolls that possess natural beauty.
Remember when pumping air in your bike tires or handball was a common task? Have you seen someone use an air pump lately? Nor have I. That’s probably because bikes are collecting dust in garages while watching two kids play handball against a wall would be a miraculous discovery.
It is evident that technology has encouraged lethargy and sluggishness. No more VHS tapes to rewind, no more putting a CD in your Walkman, no more blowing off dust on your Nintendo cartridge, no more taking film to get developed, and the list goes on and on.
Agreed, we have become more efficient and timesaving thanks to modernization. However, what is lost is the sentimentality and meaningfulness that our daily activities used to have.
What about those days when you would make family trips to the Virgin Record Store to buy the newest CDs that were released? Now everyone is one their own laptop buying their songs on iTunes.
How about going to Costco and before shopping you would visit the packages of developed photos? It was an exciting scavenger hunt finding your name while an urge of anticipation hits wanting to see how the photos turned out. Now we scroll through pictures as opposed to grabbing the photo and moving it to the back of the stack.
Or how about board games? Parcheesi, Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, Clue, Perfection, Ask Zandar, Don’t Wake Daddy, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Gator Golf? Oh that’s right, we have Angry Birds… how enthralling.
Are we seeing the trend here? What used to be an opportunity to build interpersonal relationships, gain a sensation of tangibility, and make the effort to interact with the world has now disappeared. Most of the activities we indulge in are face to screen, alone, and on our bed or couch.
There is an addiction to technology and as with all obsessive disorders there lies severe consequences. Personalities are monotonous; individuals are more distant, avoiding confrontation, and eventually the only satisfaction is staying enclosed committing the venomous act.
The realism of this lifestyle downgrade is that reformation is impossible. These technological tools will always be on our counters, at our desks, and lying beside us. Who wouldn’t be tempted to have access to the world in their hands?
Unfortunately, we can’t close down iTunes and reopen record stores or ban digital cameras and bring back film. Just like our world spins in one direction, our society progresses, it does not regress.
Nonetheless, most of us have overlooked the significance that lie behind traditions that we were accustomed to over 12 years ago. Especially for those of us that have not settled down and established our own families, it is vital that we influence our children in a way that promotes extroversion and not introversion. The more our generation reconnects with our childhood upbringing, the greater the chance we have to encourage our future generations to grow up outside with the world and not isolated indoors.