DGST 101

Ray Bradbury – DGST 101: Week 1

As technology develops and becomes more common, it seems that it finds a way to seep into our everyday lives even more. This is easier to see in children, as they are being raised with technology. For example, I did not receive my first smartphone until high school. Conversely, my sister, who is six years younger than I am, got her first smartphone in fifth grade! I do not believe this is the “fault” of my parents; instead, that societal norms changed. They wanted a way to communicate with her when she was not at home, and everyone else seemed to be getting a smartphone. For me, it was shocking because I could not imagine having a phone at that age. When I was her age, I played “Camp Half-Blood” in the woods with my friends or made arts and crafts. But, in different ways, we were both affected by technology. While my sister had portable internet in her pocket, my friends and I would play online games and watch movies in our free time. So, I venture to say, it is not the technology that is bad, but how you use it. It may be an unpopular opinion, especially for people who did not grow up with technology, but technology has given us many wonderful things. In general, everything needs to be consumed in moderation. 

If the parents in The Veldt actually raised their children and limited their technology use instead of sticking them in the VR nursery all the time, the children would not harbor that resentment for their parents and love for the room. Using technology does not automatically make you removed from life. But, if you fall into the trap of relying too heavily on technology like the Hadley’s, you may find yourself being consumed by it. 

Child with VR headset on.