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An Optimistic Psychologist’s View of the Society in the Future

Translated…

In the past, the instructors would reward those goody-two-shoe students, and they’d labeled those who couldn’t handle the way that they were instructed, and, those who are so totally focused, sitting in those classrooms have a brand new “diagnosis” of “Stubbornness of Attention Syndrome”…

The Dumbest Generation Ever?

There is a man, Bauerlein, who wrote a book, with the title of “The Dumbest Generation”, and it challenged the American youth population of eighty-seven million………no, it’d also challenged those who are NOT among the youths too.  Why did he think like that?  When answering the inquiries of the reporters, he’d said, “Because they’d spent all their time on Social Networking websites, IM-ing, and writing text messages on their cell phones.”

Is it really so?  I’d gotten my newly bought smart phone and saw this message from a friend, and I’d googled the writer immediately, and I’d found information on him on Wikipedia, and found ALL of his works on Amazon.com.

Mark Bauerlein, was originally an English literature professor in Emory University, born in 1959.  And this book, was originally published in soft cover in 2009, and it’d gotten three stars from the readers on Amazon.  Before this book got published, Bauerlein’s work are mostly written on his area of expertise in English literature. “The Manual for English Literary Terminology” (2008), “The Phobias Toward African Americans: the Race Riot in Atlanta in 1906” (2001), “Literary Criticism” (1997), etc., etc., etc.,

Born in 1959, what an awkward generation, and the reason why I said that, was because I can relate very well.  Only because I was born, a year later than he was, back in 1960, I grew up in an age where there was NO computers, and only black-and-white television sets.

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Are the Constructions of the Future Societies Be Based Off of Social Network in the Future?

Jia-Jia Ma was the top scorer of the national examinations from Yunnan in 2008, the day she’d graduated from college back in 2012, she’d opened up a creative sex toy shop close to the school.  This, was the FIRST of its kind, using a positive way to look at the tabooed field.

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Jia-Jia Ma believed that the complex of strong love toward one’s homeland is slowly dissipating, plus the openness in attitudes of love, it’d made the institution of marriage dissipate, “The traditional housing market for post-1990 meant: 1. The Focus on Capitals, and NO spare money for anything else; 2. The Rate of return plus the total lack of insurance for one’s assets; 3. The restriction of freedoms, unwillingness to stay put in one place; 4. No Longer Will to Be Bound by the Traditions of a Marriage.”
Her statements are all-too-optimistic, to the oncoming of the future, even this ten-speed changing time, not only did the older generations not fear the loss of morality, instead, they’d rationalized the accusations of morality, instead, people are embracing the ideals, with their arms, wide open.

And here are the “predictions”…

The Trainers in the Carnegie Institute Will Be Losing Their Jobs

Prediction one: in the future, before everybody enters into the workforce, they will go through the adaptability test of the real world.  This training will allow you to learn about interacting using simulations, to give oral presentations formally, and the way to act and react, to the various forums of learning.  This learning process would be like playing Wii, you MUST stare into the eyes of the characters, in order to score; if you can keep focusing in staring, then, you’d score like very getting golden coins from a game.  This will NO longer BE a fairytale, experimenters are already using this method to treat social anxiety disorder now.  And, as you can imagine, those who work for the Carnegie Training Forums, including Mr. Yo-Long Hai, will be, OUT of a job.

And, the article goes on in saying how everything we know today, like teachers, yapping inside of a classroom, writing on the board, for kids to copy down notes, along with books, will eventually become obsolete, because with the advances in technology, we won’t even need to leave the house for work anymore, we just have to FLIP on our webcams, dress ourselves in our business suits, and we can conduct a virtual business meeting, eliminating ALL face-to-face interactions, and that, is still NOT a good thing, IF you ask me, but hey: who asked Y-O-U???  Exactly!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dignity

Problems that come with modern day technologies, I’m afraid, translated…

In This Day and Age

The Poor Still Hold Their Dignities

Without the Money to Buy the Smart Phones

But, in a Crowd

Everybody Lowers Her/His Head to You

And so, this is kinda paradoxical, I suppose, making fun of how we are so side-tracked and so distracted by what we have in our hands, along with the modern day advances of technology and what not, it causes problems.

 

 

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Pictures, Instead of Words

This, is more than just that ONE step back, it’s, god KNOWS how many steps backwards that we’re taking here…

Pictures, instead of words, because pictures are easier to “process”, after all, pictures only needed to be “registered” through the visual cortex, then, we can make sense of it, while words?  Words take a longer passageway, after all, you don’t JUST read those words, you must also “reroute” those words into your Wernicke’s Area (somewhere in the temporal lobe???), and then, you’d have to have the word in your medial temporal lobes, to get the meanings, IF you’d thumbedacross it, etc., etc., etc., and it’s just WAY too much trouble, compared to seeing those pictures.

Pictures, instead of words, this, is what this world’s been reduced, because NOBODY wants to sort through the letter-by-letter, to read the words that formed from the letters combined together, and then, you’d have to “file” those words into the brains to get the meanings of it, and, it will take you, say???  ‘bout five seconds to read a word (don’t really know), but, it only takes you say???  One second, to process the pictures, and, this, is still aiding, to the modern day illiteracy problems out there.

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Thankful that My Father Didn’t Give Me a Smartphone

Because these modern day inventions end up taking up ALL of your times???  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

In the days I took the trains, there is this HUGE impact that those who lowered their heads on the trains, focusing on their cell phones had given me.

One day, I was so surprised, to find, that I could actually classify the group of cell phone users into two categories, there were over half of the population on the trains that lowered their heads, tuned into their cell phones, the cell phones became invincible, they’d allowed you to talk with those who are NOT in your close vicinities, to allow you to know the latest of your friends, and even, play a game too.

But, I believe, that this, is NOT a life, even IF you’d get that ecstasy of the moment, but, that moment’s happiness does NOT come from one’s own self, it comes from other people, and, the things that other people may sure, are bliss in their lives, but, nothing long lasting.  People would often take out their cell phones, and, it seemed, as though that, is the size of the entire world, on the screens, and the interactions with the outside world become reduced, and so, where is one to get the heartfelt experiences?  That, is something that a smart phone can’t give you, isn’t it?

I’m glad, that my father insisted on NOT buying me one of those smart phones for now, to allow me, to make the observations of how the warmth of interaction outside the cell phones are occurring between parents and children in the trains, the birds that stayed on the rocks by the streams outside the train windows, or to hear the conversations of foreigners, and it’d allowed to me to enjoy watching that richness in their body languages too.  Even though I believe, that I will eventually have a Smart Phone too, but now, I’d told myself, that by then, I hope that it won’t take me over completely, otherwise, I’d missed out on what’s going on in the real world, and that, would be such a shame!

And so, you CAN live without a smart phone after all, it’s just that people today are way too taken, way too drawn in by the “actions” provided by their cell phones that they’d FAILED to focus on what’s important, the interactions between people, after all, we ARE a relatively, very S-O-C-I-A-L species, aren’t we???

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The Family Life That’s Been Interrupted Because of a Cell Phone Gaming Addiction

A downside to the modern day technology that’s supposed to bring about convenience here, translated…

After I’d heard that everybody’s playing candy crush, I’d held it in for so very long, and finally, in the summers, I’d gotten me a smartphone, and, ever since, I was kidnapped by it.

Just like being in love, the days we shared at the very beginning are so wonderful.  I’d wheezed through the chores inside the household, and, whenever I’d found time to spare, I’d buried myself in the fun of passing every level, and my two sons are both affected dearly by me too, and would talk with me on how to pass the levels.  Before bedtime, the three of us would crowd around the cell phones, which replaced our bedtime story rituals that we’d kept.

What’s more magical, was that in the morning, when I’d put on the ring of the game, the two sleepy kids would automatic wake, and they wouldn’t give me any trouble, waking them up again, even my youngest, who never had a big appetite, when I’d given him the game to play, he would finish up his meals without much troubles.  I naively believed, that so long as I’d used this to my advantage, then, I can help my children change their unwanted behaviors, and I’d rationalized why I am allowed to play the games more and more.

Slowly, however, the problems started surfacing, I would get super angry when my kids secretly played my unfinished game; and, when I’d gotten STUCK on a level, I’d get up in the middle of the nights, and, try to pass it secretly; and, every time I’d pass fifteen levels, the two days afterwards would be especially hard to crack; my children too, our conversations became limited to “crush”, they did not get drawn to the point that they couldn’t eat or sleep, but, they’d started yelling out the names of the candies in the middle of the nights in their dreams, and my two sons would fight over the game, and they’d lost interests in other things in their lives.

My husband reminded me, that my life had been kidnapped by crush already, but I’d believed, that so long as I don’t play the game in front of my children, then, things will look up, until that evening………

Just as usual, as I’d put my youngest down to sleep, I’d started playing crush next to him, and my oldest son snuck into the room abruptly, and I’d feared that the sounds from the game would wake my child up, and I’d taken my oldest to the living room to play.  When we’re hot on the games, there came a huge THUD from the bedrooms, my youngest had fallen off the bed!  My husband quickly rushed my son to the hospitals, and I’d broken down, and worried like crazy at home, and prayed to the gods, that my child is okay.

Thankfully, my son is okay, but, after this hard-hitting wake up call, I’d quit the game I’d kept to for three months, the game that’s gotten to level 275, and since then, I’d broken free from ITS controls.

I’m grateful to the heavens, for giving me this LOUD warning sign, to allow me to enjoy watching my kids in their sweet dreams, to enjoy every blank moment in my life, to NO longer feel the need to use cell phone gaming, to feel up the boring moments in my life.

And, here is HER wake up call, her son fell off the bed, and got a bump, and that, was enough to get the mother to Q-U-I-T, because this wakeup call helped her set her priorities straight.

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When the Electronic Devices Became Parents, Children are Feared to Become Emotionless Toward Humans

Those of you, parents, who still believed it to be okay, to PARK your kids’ asses in front of that electronic device, here’s a story that’ll DEFY your original beliefs that’s for sure, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The paper had a report on the growth of the emotionally difficult children yesterday, the instructor and the experts suspected that this “trend” has something to do with the spurs of smart phones and I-Pads.  Certainly, if you’d linked the findings of this, with the animal behaviorist, K. Lorenz’s research on “critical period developments”, then, the results should become even MORE shocking.

In Lorenz’s research, the ten plus hours after a duckling hatches is the time that it attached itself to its mother, and the ducklings would often taken the object that’s right in front of it that’s moving, as its mother.

And, from this, we can speculate, that newborn babies are similar in this matter.  But, the modern day parents, because of the convenience of calming the child down, would put a flat screen in front of the child and let the child interact with it, and it would be easy, to make the conclusions of whether or not the children will attach themselves to the machines as their parents, and become only interested in interacting with the machines and not people in the futures?  If so, then, this, will be a sort of an imminent danger for the entire nation.

Now, the younger generations’ intrigue with electronic devices are only affecting their necks and shoulders, but, if the children who are born later become completely disinterested in people, then, the society of humans are facing a downfall.  So, I truly hope, that the media or the groups out there, should exert their ability to influence the masses, and WARN of this, to get the parents to interact with the kids more, so, the next generations of humans being born to this world have a chance, living AS normal human beings.

So, this retired school instructor’s worries ARE warranted, like that case from awhile back, where a parent calms a crying child down by showing the kid the cell phone, that, is worrisome, I mean, after all, as parents, your imminent concern is to SHUT the crying kid up, and, there’s only the way of distracting the kid, and, if you’re on a crowded train, the only thing you can pull out of your hats are those smartphones and such, and, your kid WILL become conditioned by that, and, everything s/he cries, you WILL be pulling out that electronic device to shut the child UP, and so, the vicious cycle still rolls………START talking to your kids, even IF they’re at an age that they don’t understand the words, they WILL appreciate the fact, that I had mommy and daddy’s voices accompanying me to sleep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Addiction to Cell Phone Usage

Because cell phones had become completely IRREPLACEABLE in our lives, story from the N-E-W-S, translated…

The Child Social Services Organization had found that nearly 40 percent children show signs of “cell phone usage addiction”, including when waking up, on the way to classes, and after eleven o’clock at night, they’re all “playing with” their cell phones.  The experts pointed out, that the parents should NOT “expose” the children to cell phone at an early age, and they also need to set up guidelines for their cell phone usage.

The Child Services Surveys found that more than half of 5th to 6th graders have cell phones, and 70 percent of middle school students own and used cell phone, and this rate is higher compared to the ratios of children using cell phones in China, Japan, and the U.S., and the rate had increased by more than twenty percent compared to six years ago.

What do students use their cell phones most for?  The studies showed that 70% of children often used their cell phones for music, taking pictures, and over sixty percent used cell phones to play video games, to text message, like on busses, you’d see young children using cell phones to play games, and, the real purpose of cell phone, for communication, this is less than five minutes a day.

The C.E.O. of the Child Social Services Organization pointed out, that from the studies, there are three “mores” of cell phone usage for children in Taiwan: more cell phones, more functions, and more times wasted, with the onset of intelligent phones, with web capacities, the children might “accidentally” click onto “pay” or “sex” websites by “accident”.

The C.E.O. specified, that more than forty percent of children show an addiction to cell phone usage, and that the parents AND the government should pay close attention to this problem.  She stressed that the parents should N-O-T spend a lot of money to buy “intelligent cell phones” for children, and that if the kid requires a cell, then, the parents must specify the usage rules, and to monitor their usage activities.

Cell phone had become a necessity to the population of the world, and, with these advances in technologies, the cell phone is now, a machine for the purpose of NOT just communications, BUT also entertainment, and, this is just like playing video games, equally addictive, and, once you’re H-I-G-H on something, it’s hard for you to get back down, because you will have to go through the healing process, the denial of having a problem, to finally accept that you DO have a problem, the 12-Step Program for ALCOHOLI CS, remember?

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