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The iPod generation

Dear Editor:

Hi, my name is Holden Mulberry, and I am a senior at Basalt High School. Is it just me, or ever since technology has become the new “it” thing, many of the younger generations are becoming … less intriguing, let’s say.

What is happening to the kids of today? It seems as if little kids everywhere are playing around with their cell phones, iPods and laptops. They are young children. Do they really need a cell phone, at the age of 7? Cell phones are for communication. Who do they need to keep in touch with? Also, with the iPods, you can download cool apps, browse the Internet, even send texts!

I was walking down the main street in Basalt, and almost every little elementary school kid had an iPod in their hand. “Look at this cool app I got!” they would gush. I don’t even have a “cool” iPod to do all of that in. And I found that my life isn’t significantly boring without it, honestly.

Two years ago, I was the aide of a teacher, and I would help him with grading freshman-level tests. My god, was I appalled. These freshmen were using text lingo on the tests, on an end-of-year test that determines their grade! What is wrong with these kids?! Did their parents never teach them to pick up a book or two, and not knowingly learn something? Expand their vocabulary, perhaps?

Call me old-fashioned, but I would very much enjoy having a conversation with someone my own age and say, “I’m glad we had a deep, interesting talk.” You ask a teen something and they respond with a simple, “idk.” It’s not even, “Oh, I do not know.”

I have found that lately everyone is either Facebooking or Twittering, YouTubing and gaming.

This is messing up the kids of today, the future leaders of tomorrow. Doesn’t that scare anyone? That the kids of today do not know how to spell “victorious” or know the meaning of the word “exasperate.” No one reads books anymore, no one gets informed about the world. Just the other day, I asked my friend what the capital of India was and she did not know the answer! And also, someone was talking about Indonesia and saying how they did not know where that was. All of that is like screeching to my ears. Come on people! Do something with your kids!

I mean, no offense, but it’s all the parents’ fault. Spoiling these kids like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, we like it when our parents spoil us, but once you’ve handed a 3-year-old an iPod, you’ve gone too far.

Holden Mulberry

Basalt


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