While none of us have a crystal ball, we share predictions on how this world of technology will impact future generations. Some may feel excitement and anticipation with instant access to a sea of information and endless opportunities to communicate. However, we can't help feel a bit nervous as brains are being "re-wired". As Marcel Bullinga wrote, “Teens find distraction while working, distraction while driving, distraction while talking to the neighbors. Parents and teachers will have to invest major time and efforts into solving this issue – silence zones, time-out zones, meditation classes without mobile, lessons in ignoring people.”
I've witnessed the transformation over the past several years. Working with kids allows me to see the younger generations become increasingly attached to their cell phones (even if they're only 10 years old). As soon as practice finishes, they immediately grab their phone to see what they've missed on Social Media.
The different paths of communication can be endlessly distracting resulting in short attention spans. As someone connected to Facebook, Instagram, Email, G-Chat, etc. I'm easily accessible and when a message is received, I'm immediately distracted. Over the past year, I've forced myself to disconnect in order to focus for longer periods of time.
People currently rely on the internet to solve problems and conduct their personal and professional lives. Moving forward, the internet will shape the minds of future generations. We must tread carefully and ensure future generations can excel in both worlds.