I had a great time today at the Ring House discussing current technologies with Deborah, and while talking, I realized that it really is a controversy and an interesting debate, especially between the different generations.
Deborah showed me a clipping from a newspaper about the extremely popular iPhone and Android phone app called Instagram. In a nutshell, Instagram is a cross between Facebook and Twitter with a heavy emphasis on photos and photography. Users can take photos with their phones and put a filter on it to create black and white effects, Polaroid effects, etc. Instragram also allows users to have "followers", exactly like Twitter or friends on Facebook. I am an Instagram user, but I'm really starting to wonder, do we really need all these new tools, or are they just superfluous?
I believe that we don't actually need them, but they are helpful in further enhancing our communication abilities. These "new" technologies are really just spin-offs of previous technologies like the polaroid effects in Instagram.
But can these technologies become too much?
Going back to my previous statement, I still believe that they still help and improve our daily lives, but I only say this because I was raised when physical books were still "in". To this day, I prefer actual books opposed what they've invented-- all sorts of kindles, tablets, and instant e-books on smartphones. Kids nowadays don't know the nightly bedtime stories, but instead play a nightly round of temple run, one of the most popular smartphone games. Yes, Kindles can be handy and can hold hundreds of books in a 9.4" by 6.4" screen, but what about tactile learning? We need to keep in touch with our books!