Faster Than A Speeding Bullet These Days
Published on September 14, 2011 By KFC Kickin For Christ In Internet

My three boys graduated HS between 2000-04. Really not that long ago.  

We didn't have internet access until the youngest was like a junior/senior so we're talking maybe 2003. I was told that my kids would be behind.  They would be computer illiterates.  Today they've not only caught up but I would venture a guess they know more than most.  In fact my youngest son is a computer genius in my eyes for all that he knows and does.  He gets paid pretty big bucks today for what he does and it's all computer oriented.  He's in marketing, sets up websites, helps businesses do better business etc, all with computer software programs that he's designing. Recently, to his own amazement, he had two corporations fighting over him with what started out to be just a job offer from a competing company familiar with his work.  In the end he wound up making 20K more a year because one outbid the other for his employment.  

 At the time they were in HS I was leery about the whole kids on the net stuff so we opted not to bring the internet into the house.  We had heard lots of rumors about the fact that being on the net was kin to dropping your kids off in the middle of NY City and letting them go with no supervision.  

At the time it was just beginning to be a tool for research in the school systems.  They had computer access in school if they needed to do any research but it had not been a real problem up until then. It was more of an optional thing for the most part.   Today it would be impossible, it seems, just in these few short years to NOT be on the net.   In fact I read recently some school systems, in an effort to save money, are requiring students to take at least one online HS class before they graduate.  I have a feeling that's where we're going.  If that's the case, what will we do with all these huge school buildings that were built in the last so many years?  

Our kids didn't do FB or My Space.   They didn't have any online friends. Neither did I.  Their friends were tangible. They could see the expressions on their faces as they talked with them and they could hear the tone of their voices as they spoke with them over the phone.    How in the world did we survive with no internet?  Hard to imagine now isn't it?  Does anyone talk on the phone anymore?  I mean really talk?  Seems like it's more about texting or emailing or face booking these days.  

Makes me wonder what else is coming in the near future for our grandchildren?  


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on Sep 14, 2011

Does anyone talk on the phone anymore?  I mean really talk?  Seems like it's more about texting or emailing or face booking these days.  

Makes me wonder what else is coming in the near future for our grandchildren?  

Sure. But there is a logarithmic decrease in face to face human interaction. Do people eat together anymore? Do families interact? Do they tell stories? How is our culture being passed on? In X-Boxes or Playstations?  Is human history to be relegated to online 'clouds'? Do your children read actual books... do they know an old book's smell, or paper's differing textures?

What happens when the electricity goes off? Will our culture disappear along with the real books? Will anyone know how to mesmerize children with a well told story like The Ilead or The Odyssey?

on Sep 14, 2011

DrJBHL
Do people eat together anymore? Do families interact? Do they tell stories?

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

 

 

 

 

So many questions.......

on Sep 14, 2011

Jafo, I need a new monitor now, thanks...

on Sep 15, 2011

DrJBHL
Do your children read actual books...?

Mine do, we go to our local library twice a week so they can check out books...My kids love to read!

They don't spend  a lot of time on a computer, a few games here and there or to do some research but that is about it.

They are only limited to an hour a day to play the xbox or wii and spend most of their time reading or drawing or playing outside...

on Sep 15, 2011

Do people talk on the phone anymore?  Is that a REAL question?  haha

Considering the fact I don't think we've ever had a telephone conversation shorter than two hours!

We'll find good use for the schools...maybe downsize them and have the kids meet a few times a week for social, gym, wood working, home ec, etc.  I actually wouldn't mind my kids taking on-line classes...that way I could be right there supplementing as they're learning, instead of trying to squeeze it all in at the end of the day.

on Sep 15, 2011

Makes me wonder what else is coming in the near future for our grandchildren?

Asimov's Solaria....but probably more crowded.

on Sep 15, 2011

How come I can't quote anyone anymore?  

@T..when was the last time you and I had a phone conversation?  Now..compare that to email, FB and JU.  Which do we spend more time on?  

So maybe on-line will be sort of like homeschool again?  Back to how it all started in the first place?  At home with the parents?  

 

 

on Sep 15, 2011

@Heigar..that's sort of how it was at our house.  I was pushing the books and limiting, basically for us,  what would have been TV time since we really didn't do anything via computers in those days.

 In HS it got harder with the books tho because even tho we didn't have computer access they were all busy with their sports, which is still better than sitting home in front of some screen be it computer or TV.  

 

on Sep 15, 2011

My How Things Have Changed

I think the real bottom line is that things haven't changed, it's the people that have changed.

The casual observation would be able to see that the change that has occured is not good, not good at all. 

on Sep 15, 2011

KFC Kickin For Christ
How come I can't quote anyone anymore?
 

Hover the cursor over the white 'line' between each post.

on Sep 15, 2011

[quote
Hover the cursor over the white 'line' between each post.[/quote]

 

Thanks Snowman..I guess more has changed than I realized.  Whatever happened to highlighting and then hitting the quote button?  

on Sep 15, 2011

Snowman
Hover the cursor over the white 'line' between each post.

woops..this has to be better.

 

on Sep 15, 2011

Just clicking the quote button alone quotes the whole post.
You can still highlight and quote parts of a post the normal way.

 

on Sep 15, 2011

ahh things change.  people's habits change.  somehow people have survived wow go figure. such deep dodo to ponder and all.

on Sep 16, 2011

Hell, my 4 year old niece knows how to use the laptop and navigate the net to find her Disney and Nick games online. It's really astonishing. And to think I didn't get my own computer until I was almost 16. Then I spent that entire summer (5pm-5am, I really was a vampire night owl) in chat rooms. Now I absolutely refuse to have anything to do with social networking sites (the closest I have is Twitter).

It really makes me sad though that people think interacting only online makes them have a ton of "friends." How are they friends if you never actually socialize with them in the real world? Like that stupid Toyota Venza commercial about the girl forcing her parents onto Facebook because they have no friends....in reality that makes them more anti-social since they'd be at the computer all day instead of actually OUT with REAL people.

As for talking on the phone...being a geek it was never really my thing. The only way I actually communicate with my bf (aside from in-person, yes FB drones there is such a thing) is through texts (he's an IT geek too so it works out).

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