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Technology: has it become a hinderance?

Ever since the dawn of time, children have always wanted the latest “big thing” whether it be (from my day) a Nokia 3210 or a Playstation to modern day where the phone has upgraded to the iPhone 7 or the latest iPad.

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In my teenage years the internet was only just catching on. By dialling in with that god awful noise you had to sign off if someone needed to use the landline. I remember being less than ten years old and finding porn sites with my friend that didn’t require card details to see graphic pictures as Google wasn’t that huge and the biggest search engine was Yahoo (which was crappy). Nowadays, businesses have realised that to only show these graphic pictures once payment or membership has been received is a goldmine for them.

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I spent my IT lessons with my friends searching the web for pages that let us type in ringtones of “Stan” by Eminem as technology hadn’t evolved to where you could add music to your phone, and also going onto random chatrooms talking to boys who could actually be grown men waiting to catch young naive girls off guard.

My nieces first phone was an iPhone (second hand from her dad) whereas mine was a Siemens brick where “Old McDonald Farm” was the only half decent ringtone and to text hello to someone you achieved a workout for your fingers by pressing hundreds of buttons.

The problem I have found is that with technology increasing in everyday life, the demands for using such technology on a day to day basis increases. When was the last time you wrote a letter? Companies are using live chat more regularly rather than having call centres. iPads and iPhones are taking over computers also. Who uses a PC and other than for rare occasions, who uses a laptop either??

I worry that the demand for technology will mean that it is detrimental to our children’s handwriting, their knowledge will be limited due to the access to google within seconds. I read on a recent blog post (if you know which one please forward details so I can credit) that children in the first years of school are getting IT lessons and even younger yet, at nursery!!!

What happened to the old fashioned flash cards and watching programmes with a glowing pencil telling us how to write a single letter “round, down and flick” instead it is replaced with a lazy generation ahead of us.

I’m all for technology if it brings new advances and helps lives, however I’m against it making the next generation lazy.

What are your thoughts?

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43 thoughts on “Technology: has it become a hinderance?

  1. I think it’s a mixed blessing and, like anything, you have to have a balance. My daughter is three and already knows how to work my tablet … which is scary really. But then again, we do balance it out with non-screen time too. I worry about skills being lost as well x #ablogginggoodtime

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  2. We are pretty pro technology in our house but Hubbys job is in that industry so without it we would be broke! I agree with not wanting to make the next generation lazy and I agree that a lot of the old wasy of communicating should be maintained. There is nothing more personal than a letter. Having said that we are visiting our local schools at the moment to choose for September, last night one of the teachers proudly told us they teach cursive handwriting. Now I was taught cursive writing, as was my husband. I don’t use it and neither does he. I have nice handwriting, he doesn’t. I must admit I did think to myself ‘Does it really matter these days?’ Some of the nicest writing they had on display was not joined up! I think we are at a point where we can no longer avoid technology, I think we should embrace it for the sake of our children otherwise they will be at unnecessary risk as they get older because we don’t understand it properly, but books, writing and grammatically correct language is really important in and age of quick abbreviations.
    #CoolMumClub

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  3. Oh I’m with you, some days I wish we didn’t have so much, but then other days am truly thankful for the amazing technology and how it can be used to save lives, int he NHS for example. I think we writing etc it’s down to parents and teachers as much as anything to keep the traditional learning going too. #ablogginggoodtime

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  4. I do think Technology has it place. However I think especially with tweens and teens, it needs to be monitored and limited. Its effects them socially and they get addicted and are too immature to deal with the withdraw…oh don’t get me started lol

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  5. I’m a bit of an old romantic and I was only saying the other day to someone how I struggle to keep up with photo and music technology in particular – who will look through the old CDs and dodgy photos in the future? No one if they are all on a lost hard drive, that’s who. But on the plus side, at least we don;t need a second home to store them all!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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  6. I m a tech head for sure, but recently my 4 yr old has started to ask to play on the tablet/phone/ds all the time, I feel awful, like I’ve programmed him to be a screen-obsessed couch potato and he’s not even at school yet! when I realized how much he sees us use these things I implemented a screen limit, he’s only allowed so much exposure a day now. I hope it works! #momsterslink

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  7. So much nostalgia! Yes, I agree concerns regarding handwriting etc. Also, what happened to the beautiful art of handwriting a personal letter and sending it via snail mail? Admittedly, I am a technology addict and I am concerned about the effect it has on us as a society. Face to face conversation is dead. Maybe a technology blackout once a week would do us all some good? #StayClassyMama

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  8. I think of it like the abacus. When I was in school the calculator was what we used because an abacus was outdated. While handwriting may suffer I think it’s realistic that within our lifetime people will be writing very little by hand. I don’t think of it as making kids lazier, they just do it differently. Like the encyclopedia, everything gets replaced by something more efficient. #momsterslink

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  9. I worry about this too. Technology has well and truly taken over and yes, my son was using a computer at nursery! I do worry that the traditional art of writing will suffer. Not only that, kids seem to struggle to come up with their own games these days, they all need to be on a computer game of some sort or re-enacting something from a game. We definetly need to find some kind of balance x
    #Momsterslink

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  10. I don’t think it makes them lazier, I just think it makes them different. I’m sure when photocopiers became widespread there were concerns that children would loose out from not having to copy off the board anymore.

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  11. I’m a gadget fan. I’m lost without my iPhone & my three year old knows his way around my iPad better than my parents. They too use a computer at his nursery. I’m not concerned it will make him lazy, just prepared. Technology is evolving rapidly & our kids will be in the thick of it. I will encourage him to pick up a pen of course. I’m a big fan of handwriting having always had a pen in my hand as a child. I guess this is life now. It’s just very different to when we were their age. #pocolo

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  12. I hate the reliance there is on technology nowadays, people whip the iPad out for anything and everything. I know we should embrace it but I think there’s too much of a reliance on it, I love receiving letters, they’re so much more personal than emails! #coolmumclub

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  13. I’m not against technology, but yes I do think there’s a bit too much of it. I’m not sure what my girls would do if they suddenly lost laptops, tablets, phones etc. I suspect they would think the World was ending. #dreamandsparkle

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  14. Good topic. I too believe that someday everything will be done via electronically. They are already taking away cursive in most schools. I think it’s the job as parents to make sure our kids still know how to do some things like mail a letter. I was quite shocked that my oldest son didn’t know how to address the front of an envelope! I then began to ask other questions about things I felt he may not have been taught in school and it really is surprising. Thanks for linking up with #momsterslink :))

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  15. I think it’s helpful in so many ways but I do feel sad that nobody writes a hand written letter these days! I don’t think my eldest has EVER written a letter or would even know how to address an envelope either!! #dreamandsparkle

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  16. It’s a difficult one but it’s here and growing rapidly and our children won’t know any different great post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  17. N has ICT lessons at school and he’s year 1, but they also are learning cursive handwriting. Apart from youtube he doesn’t use much technology at home, and school will head more towards coding over the years I’d imagine. Our office is paperless but I still write notes on paper – my writing is apalling and always has been. It is scary how much technology is taking over (and being a blogger it means I do usually have my phone with me – for photos even if not social media). But I do prefer a laptop – my tablet was too slow – and the smartphone isn’t the nicest to use for long sessions. #thelist

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  18. What a thoughtful post. I also have worries about technology (although I hadn’t thought about the loss of handwriting, which would make me sad). When it comes to children, there is no doubt that this is the world they live in and I personally think as long as there is a balance they need to be up to speed with the tech side too. #MMBC

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  19. I remember the days of walking my dog without a phone, or even taking a wee without the phone. Technology is ruining communication as we knew it and morphing it into bits of acronyms and emoji’s. Emails are ruining grammer and replacing phone calls and relationships. It frightens me how very isolating technology to keep us connected is becoming. Great post! #EatSleepBlogRT

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  20. I try to use less technology but if I leave the house and forget my phone, I have to go back in and get it just in case I get stranded! How did we survive without mobile phones. Some technology is good but I do worry a lot about the safety of my kids being on the internet. I’m still trying to find the happy balance between when and how much of the gadgets the children can use.

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  21. It’s a toughie isn’t it – but I agree that a mix is the right way forward. We need the next generation to learn how to use the tech, but we absolutely need them to be able to write and appreciate the real world. I let mine watch some telly when we’ve done some other cool stuff (normally outside) in the day, but of course it depends on the kind of day I’m having! *Paw PAtrol in background as I blog :-0*
    #MarvMondays

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  22. I’m terrified! And it’s so hard to keep up, isn’t it. As parents, it’s so important that we do though. Loved you post and laughed out loud at the Stan part! #MMBC

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  23. I absolutely think technology is is a hindrance. In this day and age it is necessary to be a part of and learn, but i see way too many kids play on their phones rather with their friends at the park and teenagers who can’t have conversations because they are too used to texting. At the restaurant I work in there are too many families who come in and stare at various devices through their meal…not ok. #DreamTeam

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  24. I’m a technology freak! I am old enough to remember a time before internet. When I did GCSE computers I went to see the computers at the council offices which filled 2 whole rooms and used card readers (sad). It amazes me how far we have come so quickly and I do wonder where it will go. But as a teacher I can assure you we do practice handwriting. Technology is fabulous for dyslexic students. #FamilyFun

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  25. It’s like listening to myself! I think really we’re looking at a double edged sword, while advances in technology change the way we communicate, and in some ways I think we can be more present in each other’s lives, I do wonder if it’s always a good thing. We never switch off- literally. I worry that tech will replace rather than enhance things in our lives eventually, I think we have to go with the flow because there’s no going back up stream now 😦

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  26. I think it’s just a train we all have to be on board of really! Need a good Balance though so I guess it’s difficult.
    Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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  27. Some days I love it and some I hate it. We must be a similar age as I can remember all those things too! We also used to go into chat rooms with no idea of the dangers!
    Thanks for linking to #Picknmix
    Eilidh

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  28. I’m very much a firm believer of balance, I do think we’re now in a world where we rely on technology so I do think its good for our little’s to learn how to use it. But I do think its also really important that they explore the world for themselves too and not just through a screen. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

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  29. Oh I hear you. I have no doubt our children will start school being able to use an iPad yet not be able to write properly. It is I think largely a way of the world now but my 2 year old and do sit and do lots of ‘writing’ colouring and I have ordered flash cards for Christmas so I’m trying to keep it a bit old school! Yet I personally am guilty of having technology run my life. I use my phone for just about everything which talks to my iPad and my Mac so those three devices pretty much take over. It’s scary really. I think a weeks hibernation in beach but without wifi would be the only way to keep many of us from our technology lol. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

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  30. My daughter is in year one and she’s learning cursive handwriting which she has really, really struggled with. We are all big lovers of tech in our house but my daughter only has things that’s age appropriate for her, such as a Leappad rather than her own tablet. I think it’s great we have a whole host of information at our fingertips or a library of books on our phones. I do however think it’s making us spend more and making us a bigger consumer society, which stops people appreciating the little things. I also think technology has made us so much more aware of danger. I had a Nokia 3210 and I was well excited when I got my first flip phone. Thanks so much for linking up to #DreamandSparkle hope to see you back next time! πŸ˜€

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  31. Ah those were the days – dial up internet and huge phones that took you 20 minutes to send a quick text! I love that technology has come on so much. Its great that the kids can now video chat to their grandparents. But I do worry that they get a little too sucked into their screen time. As for the world of social media for teenagers – I dread getting to that stage… #EatSleepBlogRT

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  32. There is something about having childrent that just makes you question the evils of technology isnt there! I wrote a post similar to this when our first child was only a few months old and I think that I’ve come to the conclusion since that its all about balance. The society and world that they are growing up in make it very difficult to prevent them from using and seeing technology so its better at least to help them access and use it responsibly πŸ™‚ Great post, thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

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  33. I must admit, I do love technology and new gadgets, my 6 year old included and probably my 2 year old eventually! However I do balance things out, I love putting pen to paper, rather than solely depending on the Mac. And yes gaming is a big thing in our home, although so is plenty of long walks in the countryside around us πŸ™‚ I feel quite lucky to be in a generation where technology is so advanced, it can have some downsides, but it can also open up a whole load of opportunities x

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope you can make it next week xx

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  34. I’m with you here – my 18 month old daughter knows how to ‘flick’ the iPhone screen and my 12 yo stepson is just glued to his iPhone, rather than being out and about like we did when we were kids. It’s amazing to have so much at our fingertips but sometimes I have to remind myself to put the technology away and live in the moment! Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

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  35. Oh I hear you on the handwriting issue – the magic pencil was genius! These days I have to sit down with my 7 yr old and show him myself. However, I do love technology. If it wasn’t for tech I wouldn’t have found blogging. I have an iPad, a laptop and a Mac! They all have specific uses and I love them.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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