Doing your homework and forgot the name of a character in The Odyssey?
My generation: get the book and look it up by thumbing through to where you think you saw it; “I” generation: google it.
Don’t understand a geometry problem? My generation: go to the back of the book and hope there are answers to the odd questions which can shed light on your problem or ask a friend; “I” generation: google it.
Want to listen to a favorite song when you’re in the car? My generation: hope it’s on the radio; reach for the iPod or iTouch.
Want to know the lyrics to a favorite song? My generation: record it on your cassette player and replay it a thousand times until you get it; “I” generation: you guessed it – google it.
All this technology makes it easier for kids – esp. homework – but is it better? How do they become creative or good problem solvers if all they have to do is google it? Also – how do they know the information on the internet is correct? Are ear buds (blasting loud music) that great for their hearing? Does anyone else worry about this?
I love technology and rely on too, but I’m glad I was born before all of it took over our way of doing things.
Now, my generation says, “When I was your age, I had to actually open a book to find that out.”
Hmmm…that may replace the old “I walked five miles to school – each way” of my parents’ generation….