Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Wired Generation

Bunch of years ago I worked in higher ed. Read an article arguing that computers limited creativity, which may have been correct in the late 80s. It went on to say that kids shouldn't spend too much time in front of the computer, but be encouraged to read/write/draw/play. And most importantly interact.

Fast forward 17-18 years. The Guardian, a UK paper, has an article saying that today's kids spend too much time online. Interestingly enough they are interacting, but it's all virtual. The article doesn't make a claim as to whether this is good or bad. It does say that interaction is more pervasive and immediate, and has a bunch of different levels or aspects.

I do wonder if this constant online interaction is a problem. On the one hand the community is huge and growing and completely dismisses geographic and temporal limits. On the other hand, I don't think one really learns how to interact with people unless one does it in person. Too many nuances that you can't get online.

I love the growth of community. At Melodeo we're right in the middle of it between our media platform and Mobilcast. I just hope we aren't helping create an entire generation of people who can't function in face to face situations.

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