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Anyone else wonder why so many of our younger people are so easily manipulated and coerced into the violence and racism propagated throughout our country right now?

This is a multifaceted and complex situation that has to do with economic reasons.

Issues such as kids studying and graduating with useless degrees cannot be applied in meaningful, prosperous employment, meaning they graduate with tens of thousands of dollars of debt.

The feminization of America.

Our youth is desensitized to violence and death thru the media and video games, which erodes compassion for fellow human beings and facilitates readiness to commit violence against others in our society.

Further desensitization to death by killing the unborn and now, even newly born infants are murdered.

Political division and the leftist shift within our society have led to all of this.

But, it goes deeper.

In a word, technology.

Today’s youth and even those in the older generations are experiencing a society that is becoming less human every year we “progress.”

We become a less human society through “technological advancement.”

More of what we do daily is now completed online.

More of what we do in our social lives is online—separated from our fellow human beings.

Today’s generation is separated from their peers, unlike earlier generations. In ages past, summer days were filled with bike rides to ball fields, fishing on lakes, and talking about cars, sports, girls, etc.

Laughing and cutting up together, sharing each other’s problems from home.

Listening to each other. Interacting. Sleep-overs. Dinners at friend’s houses. Our parents were having guests over on the weekend, interacting in-person with family and friends.

Getting into mischief. TP-ing someone’s house at night. Ding-dong-ditch. Getting into dirt clod wars. Later, working on cars together and drinking root beers up on the mountain.

Together.

All of the things done, in-person.

Remember that term?

In-Person.

A laugh, a frown, a puzzled look, a smile, a scowl, and a funny face were communication, not an emoji in response to something online.

A smile.

Within that smile could be thousands of different levels and types of that one smile. From other people, in person. From our friends. Our peers. Not sitting together in the same room texting each other on devices or sending each other photos on snap-chat.

Youth who rely on social media to fulfill their socialization needs are becoming isolated and depressed. It’s all fake. It’s not real, in-person, human interaction.

It’s un-human. More so for girls, the suicide rates among youth continue to climb year after year. These reasons could be correlated to technological “advancements” in social media.

Tech execs know that technology and social media are detrimental and addictive, even prohibiting their own children from owning and using devices. They create schooling that prohibits I-pads and other devices for learning, but utilizes old-school, paper textbooks in-person tutelage and teaching in old-school subjects.

They know that reading, math, and science using old school textbooks is better for young brain development, complex problem solving, and creativity. Simultaneously, for everyone else’s kids, i.e., public schooling, they are promoting learning through tech and devices and online learning, making billions in the process.

Today’s youth, and even ourselves, are becoming less and less human, year after year thru technology. I ask. Is this “progress”? If you’re less human, you have less compassion, understanding, empathy, and love for your fellow human being.

If you have less of those things for your fellow human being, you have less of a problem committing hateful, violent, racial acts against those fellow human beings. You have less commonality with your fellow human being, e.g., the commonality of being fellow Americans. Sure, there are great things about technology.

Information at your fingertips is seemingly endless, whether it’s news, a recipe, sharing photos with friends and family, a project you’re working on, or just learning something new.

But where are we now?

Where are we headed?

What are we doing to ourselves and our youth?

Is this the progress we want?

 

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