Gadget-Driven Generation

Technology has taken a big leap from what it used to be when we were kids. Smart phones, interactive TV, laptops, video games are commodities now.

Gadget Driven Generation

Gone were the days when we used to wait for a week to watch an episode of our favorite serial. Now it is daily dose, two spoons after breakfast, two after lunch and two before dinner. And not just this, imagine even TVs are smart nowadays. One has a bouquet of options to choose from movies, games, quizzes, watch a new story/art-n-craft daily & what not…

It is funny, we used to say don’t worry I am just a call away. Now we say, just a tap away… Thanks to the smart phones. They are basically operating systems on wheels which can easily fit in our pockets.

But then it has brought the over ease of use for kids too. You need not even explain them on how to use it. They themselves find ways to play a game by endless tapping and sliding. They even call easily and without our knowledge too. My 3 year old as such cannot read the words. But he recognizes the pattern of letters for names of his grannies and dad and calls at his convenience. For other features of phone to use, icons are his friends. If he is stuck, then there is home sweet home… Yeah the new HOME, home button.

All these things come with a big dilemma for us poor souls. It is a definite help in learning and growing (and to engage and engross them in case we are busy elsewhere), but yet it is replacing the outdoor activities.

And at times, you wonder, if these things are turning into an addiction, whenever they meet a new phone (through a guest), they get so much lost into that and do not pay attention.

Out of our love and being tech-savvy, we install kid-oriented phonics or number games on our cell. Or show them their favorite poem on youtube on laptop/cell. And now they know the source of fun. And many times, in middle of some important work, they cling on us to open the laptop just to show (or rather just start) the poem (they can change it then, as you have to just click), or hand over our phone to them.

We as parents try our level best to focus more on outdoor games and evening outings. And mostly limit the TV/cell usage only when everything is taken care of – homework/rest/food/evening catch up with other kids. But then comes the weekend where they get liberty of use for their favorite TV show and papa’s phone.

Gadgets are bliss for mankind but is it limiting us to reach out to people in person? They have loads of information in single store but is it stopping us from seeking the information from other sources?

Cameras were meant to capture and treasure but is it getting more used for Facebook likes? We are more dependent on docs/calculator/memos than our memory.

These questions toggle-n-topple in my mind while I’m using my laptop (read Gadget) to post this.

In the end, it is all about balance. It always is.

Your thoughts?  I’m all ears… 🙂

Swati Jain is a mother of a 3-year-old and an Oracle consultant (computer engineer) for 7.5 years. She is a blogger by interest, happy by choice, observant and curious by nature. She loves simplicity and truth. Follow her blog at: http://khushiniwas.blogspot.in/

  • Sid Balachandran

    Hi Swati – Well spotted, and well summed-up. IT is indeed always about the balance. Now I’m quite tech-savvy myself and it wasn’t before long that my 18 month old started playing around with my phone, iPad and laptop. The mere sight of the laptop can actually stop his tears. And rightly said, the “home” button is their saviour if they get stuck (I mean, it’s often ours as well isn’t it ?:)) I suppose the important bit is to somehow ensure that there is that “balance” that you spoke about -It is inevitable that the new generation will always be more accomplished and adept at “gadget technology” than us. After all aren’t we the same? My mom still thinks Apple is …well a fruit (Ok, not that bad, but you get the gist :))

    • स्वाति जैन

      Oh yes Sid…. New generation is always a step ahead…and more anxious/curious and adept for these gadgets and gizmos….:)
      thanks for stopping by…:)

  • Reema Sahay

    I had written a post on these lines a long time back on my blog: http://penpaper.blogspot.in/2011/12/is-my-husband-too-naive-or-am-i-too.html
    The thing is there is no getting away from technology and gadgets, so I try not to be paranoid about completely keeping my child off them. But I give him my Tab only to watch Rhymes, which is also not a daily indulgence. I give in only when he is completely after me and I really need to do something else. He also conveniently does not watch Rhymes and goes on to watch photographs and videos. Since I am myself not a game person, I don’t give him any games to play on Mobile or Tab. I have also advised my husband to not play games in front of our 2-year-old because I have seen kids getting addicted to those games. Of course, the most important thing is to draw the line but that is also the most difficult thing.

    • स्वाति जैन

      ya Reema…gloom and glee with these things come hand in hand…:) 🙁

  • स्वाति जैन

    very true Anshuman….

  • V ki Amma

    Swati, isn’t it a little curious that as a computer engineer, you are thinking about this? 🙂 Look back at our childhood. We did wait a week for Ramayana and Jungle Book to return to our TVs each week, right? That’s because there was only as much as we could watch. Cut to modern times, there is always so much of digital influx in our lives that kids cannot escape it. As a mother I have been so indulgent that by now I have more than 3000 pictures of V alone. He is all of 2. I have videos of him from when he was 6 months old. So a kid who has grown up seeing a camera being thrust in his face, will only want to see what keeps his mother so amused. V loves to see his baby videos on my BB and sometimes that’s my own resource to keep him seated in a busy restaurant. I also allow him small windows of time on the iPad and television. And most of the time is otherwise spent in playing, activities and reading. 🙂

  • The problem comes when the only games kid play are on screens, with no physical exercise. We need to encourage kids to go out and enjoy the sun, sand and chase in the play ground.