First World Problems
Kids These Days
Parents love to gripe about how often kids these days are staring at screens — but new research from the UK shows that a lot of kids have the same complaint about their Facebook-obsessed parents.
Almost 70 percent of kids surveyed said their parents spend too much time on their phone, iPad or other devices, the Telegraph reports. At the same time, slightly fewer parents — 60 percent — had the same worry about their children.
Here’s a frightening thought regarding the future of humankind: according to The Telegraph, children born in the digital age are so addicted to technology, they’re forgoing playing with blocks, pens and paper.
Members of the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers are warning that the addiction is leaving children as young as three with no dexterity in their fingers but the ability to swipe a touch screen with ease.
Now that boom times are here again, it’s not all that unusual to come across a company whose big swagging concept sounds like it was lifted from the pitch deck of Entertainment 720, the fictional startup from the sitcom geniuses at Parks and Recreation. (Should you ever find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to imagine Aziz Ansari’s voice squeaking tech jargon at you from the founder’s mouth. For instance, business development is definitely getting abbreved to bizzy-bizzy dev.)
Thanks to the b-plot of last night’s episode of Parks and Rec, however, you no longer have to wonder, say, who Tom Haverford looks up on Wikipedia (Ray J) or how he feels about that vaguely racist Indian guy with turban emoji (“Hold up, didn’t Japanese people invent this?”).