Monday, February 8, 2010

Tech Savvy to Tech Lazy?

In my family, I'm the computer whiz ... the geek that knows all about "the computer." I've actually bought my own computer, hooked it up, took it to Best Buy when it didn't work anymore, made the Internet work somehow (called the cable guy but they don't need to know that), joined Facebook, helped my mom join Facebook, started a blog, created my own Twitter account and maybe a few other things. I even pay all my bills online!

I also have a job that requires that I know a little tiny bit about the Internet. However, I am not going to talk about my job. What I am going to talk about is how little I do know about computers compared to my own teenagers or maybe my neighbor's preschooler. It's scary. Today's kids have Avatars in that crazy little online penguin world before they are even potty trained.

I am just not sure what that means. I remember seeing some sci-fi show one time ...maybe it was "The Twilight Zone" where people only knew each other through computers with no real interaction. I don't think it really effects people as far as having "real interaction," but I do think computers and all the "tech stuff" makes kids lazy. I heard a child tell her mother recently that she didn't want a certain Wii game because it made you "run." In others words, she couldn't just sit there on her lazy little butt. That's the danger in technology ... keeps you at the computer and away from fresh air and sunshine and walking and running and basketball and tennis and whatever.

So, as soon as this weather clears and I can tolerate the temperature level ... I'm going to grab my exercise partner ... that would be daughter who is going to get drafted into that role ... and we are hitting the streets. That's the danger in being too much of a computer whiz at too young of an age ... kids get lazy and forget what it is like to be outdoors. It's easy to sit and stare. It's harder to run and get winded. As parents, we have to remind them and make sure they spend time with their hands around a basketball as much as on a keyboard.

By the way, I've lost three pounds on on my diet. So far so good. We'll see how it goes.

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