Technology, not for everyone


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A common sentiment nowadays is that technology is responsible for the destruction of the innocence and wonder of childhood. Children find themselves with the option of going outside to play with others or to stay inside and indulge themselves with video games and other such electronics. Recently there has been a growing tendency to choose the latter, and this has many parents concerned. One Canadian family has decided that enough is enough.

The McMillans have decided that they want to raise their children in a more classic setting and believe the best way to do so is to limit their exposure to technology to products available before 1986. The McMillans believe that by limiting technology they can force their children to read and to be more physically active. As of now, the McMillans are very satisfied with the results this lifestyle choice has provided them.

I personally can't live without my cellphone. I suffer from what has been labeled by my generation as cellphone anxiety. Technology has become a necessary part of living and interacting in modern society and while I can see the merits of the lifestyle choice, I think that by doing this the McMillans are crippling their kids ability to interact in the real world.Technology is evolving rapidly and with no sign of slowing down and the McMillans need to get with it for the sake of their children. 


The original article on the McMillan's can be found here.


I definitely prefer today's version of technology.

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I have to agree with your article, even though I find myself obsessed with my phone at times, which is not very beneficial. As long as people use there devices responsibly then technology can have all of its benefits. Trouble takes place when people use their phones so much to the point where they ignore everything that is going around them. I wonder why people become obsessed with there phones? At times I feel like I have to constantly check my phone. A phycologist named Lisa Merlo stated in an USA Today article that:

"The more bells and whistles the phone has," she says, "the more likely they are to get too attached."

-Lisa Merlo (USA TODAY)

Its an interesting article and can be found here:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/mentalhealth/story/2011/07/Smartphone-dependency-a-growing-obsession-to-gadgets/49661286/1

I am in total agreement with your article. I can't be away from my phone for that long for fear of missing something important. I love feeling connected and my iPhone provides me with that feeling 24/7 if need be. With that being said, I am obsessed with my iPhone. I just got the iPhone 5 and yesterday the iPhone 5s was just released. Although I'm not one to go out and buy it the second it comes out, I cannot wait until my phone upgrade comes! It's crazy to think about everything the iPhone 5s can do. One of its newest features is fingerprint recognition. Instead of having a passcode on your phone to keep it locked from strangers trying to use your phone, it will now scan your finger and unlock your phone. It's a pretty cool and high tech invention I must admit, but sometimes I miss not having to worry about if my phone is charged and just get away from it all...

I absolutely agree with your way of thinking, however it will be interesting to see how the children end up when they are older. Will they be smarter? Will they not know how to use basic technology? How will they adapt to the new technology and will they choose to use it? These are all questions to look at when the children are either allowed to use technology or move out of their parents house. I think this will be a very interesting thing to study throughout the years! Thanks for sharing that article!

I am actually shocked at what this family is doing! I completely agree with your point as well. I don't think they are helping their children at all. I understand that they don't want them to become dependent on the technology, but at the same time, we are in a growing world where technology is necessary in basically every field.They are going to be so far behind when they try to get any sort of job. Just because we use technology a lot doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing, the world is constantly changing. I think this family really has to think about their decision. I do think at some times technology goes a little too far, especially for young children, but I do believe it's a part of our lives and it's definitely not going away any time soon!This article and post was very interesting though!

I completely agree with you on this topic. At the same time, I also see where this family is coming from since they just want their kids to be a little healthier and play outside or read instead of using the new technology in the world today. This being said, they are hurting their kids future. Most jobs require the use of prevalent technology and if they are not allowing their kids to learn how to use this technology, then getting a job will be near impossible when they grow up.

Here's a link for an article talking about some pros and cons of technology in our generation:
http://teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/466192/Technology-in-Todays-Changing-World/

I completely agree with you on this topic. At the same time, I also see where this family is coming from since they just want their kids to be a little healthier and play outside or read instead of using the new technology in the world today. This being said, they are hurting their kids future. Most jobs require the use of prevalent technology and if they are not allowing their kids to learn how to use this technology, then getting a job will be near impossible when they grow up.

Here's a link for an article talking about some pros and cons of technology in our generation:
http://teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/466192/Technology-in-Todays-Changing-World/

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