The more things change

April 17, 2014

Stephen Hackett wrote an article yesterday on kids and touchscreens. He references a few other articles from writers such as Matt Honan and Shawn Blanc, all of them coming to the same lack-of-a-conclusion: “I haven’t figured out how to set boundaries for my kids and technology.”

However, this follow-up article caught my attention. Aren’t iPads in restaurants just a new form of crayons and a placemat? Isn’t Minecraft just 21st century Legos? Reading on a Kindle app is just as odd to people who grew up with paperback books as reading in general is to people who grew up without books. Stephen concludes: “Clearly, we look at the world with a filter based on the time in which we live.”

I like it.