Teens and Technology: Positives and Negatives
04.17.2012 posted by AwanaYM
Researchers are mulling over the issue of teens and technology and determining how constant connectedness will affect them as adults.
One side of the argument says that by 2020, those under age 35 will be able to multitask and quickly complete both work-related and personal obligations. They’ll know how to search to find answers to questions — even difficult questions. People agreeing with this statement see technology as positive.
But — people on the other side of the argument say that the constant connectedness will produce people who spend their time and energy on being entertained and will not want to make the effort to form solid, rooted relationships. They’ll do a lot of things quickly, but what they do will be a surface response. They will not want to take the time to think deeply and come up with creative results. This side of the argument sees the changes as negative. (Survey by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project)
In all probability, the outcome will be a merging of both the positive and negative. We don’t have answers right now, but we need to think about the question as we offer spiritual guidance to the teens in our ministry.