I have three points to make about this image and I shared it on Facebook so that I could write them out in the shorthand, and now I feel like sharing it here. So, here goes: 3 Reasons This Banners (And Others With Similar Sentiments) Are Stupid.
1.) Nobody buys both an iPod and an iPhone.
Seriously, the person who wrote this particular banner to spread the raising idiocy of our youth evidently has no knowledge of technology themselves, because an iPhone is simply an iPod Touch with calling and texting abilities. It can use all the same apps and plays music just as any other iPod would. Even the most spoiled child’s parents are probably not dumb enough to buy them both, because it’d be a waste of money and a lack of use of logic. This is even more basic than the average common sense. It’s just how electronics work. If you’re smart enough to have a job that gets you the kind of money “spoiled” kids’ parents make, you are too smart to buy both an iPhone and an iPod.
2.) There is MORE TO THE INTERNET than Facebook & Twitter.
I know these people enjoy their skepticism, but social networking sites are not the only ones out there. Just because people HAVE profiles on Facebook or Twitter (or Myspace, which was much worse than either Facebook or Twitter as far as kids are concerned) does not mean that that’s all they spend their time using. Contrary to the technophobe’s popular belief, the Internet is a vast cesspool of information.
Now, I’m not trying to tell you that your 8 year old kids are geniuses and taking college classes, but just as an example to prove my point that the Internet has more to offer than social networking sites: Here are 500 free college courses available online with professors from such prestigious schools as Yale.
3.) NEITHER extreme is a good thing.
It’s no better to deprive your children of all things technological (phone, television, computer, etc) than it is to be too dependent upon electronics. If your kids don’t know how to use Microsoft Word, for example, and try going to public school (although of course, most people who parent like this would never let their kids go to a public school — although the same thing still applies to colleges, if you want your kids to go get an actual education) they will be utterly fucked when they don’t know how to type up a paper. Especially in college – they’ll expect you to know how to use Excel and everything else.
Alternatively, if your kid is so dependent on electronic communication that they can’t function in daily life or communicate with real people … that’s obviously a problem. But I’d like to say that those cases are far rarer than those who are deprived or extremely limited of technological usage because of controlling parents.
SO NOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN MY RANT ON THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN YOUTH!
Have a good night everybody!