For this post I have interviewed David Smith born 1956 and made first hand observations of 60’s born Julia Jones and 2 year old Hunter Smith. Julia is in strong disagreement with the use of text messaging as a form of communication, she goes as far as to say that it is “a dead form of communication”, looking at this from a younger generation obviously sounds ridiculous, especially in a world moving more and more to digital communication. “The impersonal nature of digitalization” is the downfall Julia sees in the technology, which is of course as a result of her age distance from the digital age.
The generational differences felt between children and their parents is an obvious and accepted one. The generation x is known as the technological generation or as put by my interviewee David Smith “generation now”. In the digital age of online shopping and instance gratification, we are becoming more and more impatient for the things we desire. This has lead to websites such as the Iconic, which offer there same day 3 hour delivery fee. Often nagged by parents to discontinue their constant interaction with technology, teenagers (born 1990’s-2000’s) feel the intergenerational differences. Growing up on the border of the digital world and its previous state it is easy to comment on the sudden change in reliance on technology, noting the rise in social media platforms around the same age of our mass social development.
However with all these points in my mind a new generational difference is already starting to rise. This is the children born after the year 2000, who grew up in the digital age from day one. As young adults now we are shocked when we see very young children playing with iPhones and iPads, when we were outside playing at the same age. Hunter Staples is a 2 year old boy, walking and using only some familiar words, yet he understands the swipe to unlock the iPhone function and readily picks up and plays with iPhones as an interactive object. Whilst obviously not understanding the interface or having the skills to play a game this pull towards technology in young children is growing.
Interviewee David Smith expressed his optimism towards the future of technology whilst also placing prevalence on the down falls. He made an interesting comment about human relations, stating that online dating is the way of the future and “we’ll be laughing at the day we picked up in bars”. Whilst a comical statement to make it may not be far from the truth. Technology is readily being incorporated into every human interaction, almost exponentially. The question is how will this affect our future as humans?
Jones, J. 2014, personal communication, interview, 20 October 2014, Mosman, NSW.
McDougall, B. 2014, Tablets and technology blamed for developmental speech impairment, The Daily Telegraph [online], 21 October 2014, <http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/tablets-and-technology-blamed-for-developmental-speech-impairment-in-young-children-starting-school/story-fni0cx12-1226953768152?nk=05cbeb0b1bb580388e491622ac80af4b>
Smith, D. 2014, personal communication, interview, 20 October 2014, Mosman, NSW.