Kids These Days

Kathy Martinez, Staff Writer

The number of papers, articles. and internet posts comparing kids from the past to today is an amazing example of juvenoia — “an exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on children and youth,” according sociologist David Finkelhor.
As George Orwell put it: “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
However, this is nothing new. It has been going on for many generations, and a quote from The Journal of Education in 1907 may sound like something that could be said today regarding cell phones: “Our modern family gathering, silent around the fire, each individual with his head buried in his favourite magazine, is the somewhat natural outcome of the banishment of colloquy from the school…”
Sixth grader Mariano Apodaca from Richard E. Haynes Elementary School believes that technology is extremely useful, giving easier and more efficient studying techniques than other generations have. However, can other generations bash on Apodaca’s generation because of this? Apodaca states “They can be nice and share their knowledge with the younger ones…”
However, according to fourth grader Belinda Rincon: “Sometimes they’re [children of her generation] on their phones or iPads and they’re not paying attention.” She believes that older generations did not have this problem with technology, but were still distracted in class by different things at the time.