There is no doubt I love the internet and social networking. I’m on it practically every day, way more than I profess to be on it. I thinks it’s an incredible vehicle of communication. The upside is huge and it’s a lot of fun. I don’t feel I need to wax poetic about how much it’s changed our lives because it’s obvious, especially if you’re reading this.
Now I segue into the downside, which is legion. It’s really an unknown forum and it seems we learn the pitfalls as we go along: too much information, no control of what you put out after you post it, predators, time-consuming, rude behavior, the loss of language, the loss of proper spelling and grammar, the loss of human contact over electronic devices, blah, blah, blah. Add what ever you want.
For me, the greatest pitfall of what has become what we do is what it’s doing to our kids. It’s creating a way of life for them that most of us have no prior experience to guide them. It’s an evolution at light speed with children and the benefits have yet to outshine the penalties in my eyes.
Again, too much information, no control of what you put out after you post it, predators, time-consuming, rude behavior, the loss of language, the loss of proper spelling and grammar, the loss of human contact over electronic devices, blah, blah, blah…. If you don’t have kids, who cares, right? If you do have kids, these downsides are influencing mightily and they are constant, pervasive and are much more charismatic than you are as a parent.
All right, I admit it, I’m living it right now with a pre-teen son who doesn’t have a cell phone or a profile on facebook (that I know of) so I think he’s way more insulated than many of his peers yet it’s still possible for him to have information floating around that is up for any type of comment or observation.