Sometimes I sit and reminisce of all the good times I had as a kid with the friends and family that I had. Growing up in the time that I did for sure could have been better, but I wouldn’t change anything. I can’t help but always wonder how I would have liked growing up in the same generation that my parents grew up in. Everything was more simple and classic. I cherish all of the memories and stories that my mom and dad have shared with me about them growing up because it gives me a taste of what my life could have been like growing up in that time.
Over the years new technology is appearing and taking away the simplistic lifestyle that my parents once had. Thankfully, growing up I was always a kid that loved to be outside. To this day I feel like I am connected to being outside rather than being inside using technology. If I can remember correctly I got my first phone in 7th grade which is a pretty young age to be needing a phone. During the duration of middle school I continued to always run around and play outside with my friends and had very little technological influences on my life until I got this phone. Even after getting this phone I can’t say I never used it, of course being a 12 year old kid I was super intrigued by something new and used it a pretty good amount. The years went on and I became more attached to my phone as many people my age were becoming. My attachment was nothing too crazy, but it saddened me to see the times changing. Not many people could hangout with one another without going through periods of silence while everyone scrolled through their social media.
I thought that in my years of growing up the technology and the way it was effecting the kids my age was bad, but then I are up a little more to the point I am at currently and began to look back. I began to see kids getting phones at an even younger again middle school or even 5th grade. It was unpleasant knowing that a good amount of kids now a days are going outside to play less and becoming attached to their phones more. What happened to the good ol’ days when no one cared about how they looked on social media? What happened to there time period where getting in contact with your friend was walking t their front door and ringing their doorbell? I simply just miss those times for myself and it is sad to see that not every kid has the chance to experience that because technology and phones are taking over the younger years. Kids are growing up faster and faster as the years go on and I can only imagine the toll it will begin to take on kids of the future and on.
Overall, I am thankful that I was able to be a part of the group of kids that was able to enjoy the simple things in life and not worry about constantly checking a phone. Now I am most certainly not here to say that the kids I grew up with and I did not use technology, but I have only noticed it becoming more of a problem. It hasn’t even been that many years since I was in elementary/ middle school which is why this whole thing is worrying me. I hope it doesn’t progressively become worse, although I am almost sure that it will. Everyone should definitely appreciate the simpler times they have had in their life whenever things become to crazy and complicated because it truly makes me feel more grounded and back to myself and I hope it can do the same for others.