Art created by Jacop Sempler

Living with teenagers can be a frustrating experience. I find many things about teenagers irritating but nothing irritates me more than the obsession many of them have with their smart phones. They sit looking at their smart phones so intensely for so long that you would think that they were reading a complex and scientific and spiritual explanation to the meaning of life. But they’re not they’re actually looking at pictures of their friends on Facebook, typing fake messages to people that they “don’t like” and crying out for attention and recognition among their equally as sad and pathetic friends.

I’m glad I am not part of this messed up, gadget obsessed generation and I fear for the future they have. Times and technology changes quickly I believe the next generation of parents could have more than irritating smart phones to content with. Virtual reality will take over and this generation of smart phone addicts will not be watching their children starring at their phones all day but they will potentially be watching their children wondering around in virtual worlds on the couch or in their bedrooms.

All sounds great until we consider that in the not too distant future we could plausibly have computers that hook up to our brain, this could make any interaction with users impossible as user sit appearing to be unconscious in their living room. Probably not that different to being around somebody that is constantly starring at their phones with hear phones but even more irritating I would say.

They won’t be watching on line porn they will be taking part in live online sex shows and shit and the poor parents will not be able to do shit about it as the weird slowly becomes normal. When is the time to stop or control dependence on technology? How long will it be before we are living in a virtual world and what would that do to the “real world?”

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