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Kids Now vs Kids Then


By Jerrod Yee

Do you remember when you were still a kid? Do you look at kids now and wonder how things have changed? Every generation of children is different, but this has never been more evident in the kids now compared to kids then.

When I was a kid, technology wasn’t as advanced as it is now. I didn’t have a phone nor a tablet, but I did have one of those computers with a (bulky) CRT monitor, which I would play games on from time to time. Because of that, kids back then weren’t addicted to their devices. Now you see kids as young as four glued to phones and tablets. Although it is the age of technology, and everybody has to be tech savvy now, if parents let their kids stay glued to their devices just so they would be quiet while the parents are having their meal, their kids are going to be addicted to their phones or tablets, and these are kids as young as four. Unless parents control how long their kids use their devices, they’re going to have to deal with a long-term problem because of addiction.

Another difference that I see in the younger generation is earlier exposure to the internet, which is both good and bad. It’s a good thing because they have access to all the information on the internet. They can read up on things on Wikipedia or watch educational videos on YouTube, which means they can learn a lot at a young age. The bad thing about it is that they are easily influenced by things on the internet. For example, they might follow a certain YouTuber who might be a bad influence on them. Besides that, they might also be a victim of cyberbullying, which might have a bigger impact on them because they are still kids.

Lastly, today’s kids are smarter. If you compare your primary school self and a primary school kid now, you’ll find that the primary school kid is smarter. One reason is that education is always improving, thus making them smarter than us when we were in primary school. Another reason for that is technology. Because of their access to technology at such an early age, kids learn more by and after learning how to use their devices.

In conclusion, kids today aren’t the same as kids in my generation. This difference is good in some ways but bad in others. In any case, we have to make sure that each generation is better than the previous one. This is how humanity keeps progressing towards the future.