I’d like to use one of my lifelines

Student texting during class

Student texting during class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I remember back in the day…” and “You kids have it so easy nowadays” are words we’ve heard adults say when we were kids, and we find ourselves saying as we grow, well I speak for myself.  I was born in the late 70’s so I lived my childhood in the 80’s (man what a wonderful decade, I had an amazing childhood)…. back in those days when kids actually played outside, got dirty, rode bikes and skateboards (without helmets).  Back when technology allowed us to physically interact with other kids (remember the arcade at the mall??… wow can still listen to the sound all those games made).

I love technology, and have all the gadgets at home (even my 3 yr old has her own iPad). But is all this technology and “social media” making us less social? even lazy?.  When I’m out and about.. I see all these teens (and some adults too), sitting next to each other but not talking, they are all glued to their phones texting, are they texting each other?

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

It was one of my cousin’s FB status update that inspired me to write this post.  She wrote down an algebra/calculus equation and asked people to solve it for her; I’m sure it was her homework.  I’m not in school anymore, but I do wonder how teachers grade highschool and college students nowadays? How can they be sure they in fact did the homework and is not a simple copy/paste or someone solved it via FB or Yahoo Answers?   —Back in my high school and college years (mid-late 90s) we still went to the school library to search info, and of course internet too, but no social media—  Of course I always found a way to make my homework easier, but at least I deserved an A for effort for going to the library, making copies and re-typing the paper.

Back then I had cell phones too… but they were not smart phones, I don’t even think we texted… we used our mobile phones to TALK with our friends.  Now, we all have smart phones, do teachers take the student’s phones away while they are taking a test?  Or just to make sure they are not distracted during class   —many of my younger cousins are always posting while in class —-  I remember our “distractions” during class was to pass hand notes around, or by looking outside the window or reading BigBop / Seventeen magazines (lol).

I am thinking in going back to school and pursue an advanced degree and have the opportunity to ask the audience (fb) or phone a friend.

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