Dear lovely old friend,
I’ve spent a large proportion of this week trying to write an essay about crowd theory. I say TRYING, I am easily distracted. Suddenly I just had to do some research on the new season of 24 coming soon, then there was a lot of action on Facebook, and then YouTube became quite appealing. It’s REALLY hard to turn off all those fun distractions and concentrate on something slightly less interesting.
I found myself reminiscing about years gone by, when writing essays involved a trip to the library, dusting off old journals to find information and sitting down to handwrite an assignment. As much as I love technology I do miss the simplicity of an actual book, pen and paper. I have a romantic notion of opening up a beautifully bound scientific journal to read about new discoveries and research. It just seems so much more special than opening an article on the internet. If I ever manage noteworthy research I’d like to see it in a leather bound book, even if it’s stored that corner of the library no one ever visits.
Essay writing at Uni was fun, whispering in the library, sneaking out for coffee and cake, poring over piles of books with no thoughts of Facebook and internet shopping.
My biggest internet fear has to be that the internet takes over from real life and socialising. I cannot stand the idea of my children in ten years time spending every evening communicating with friends over the internet. I want them to be out, talking to people face to face, living a life, maybe even giggling in a library trying to do homework, but definitely NOT hiding away behind a computer.
I don’t know whether that’s a foolish fear or not, perhaps I should be worried about cyber-bulling or stalking instead? The internet offers us so much and has so many amazing benefits, but there is a real downside as well.
Part of my fears are not so much the internet but technology. I want to embrace all it has to offer, but at the same time I want my kids to be playing real games with me not by themselves on an iPad. I want them to spend a lot of time outside, away from a screen, getting wonderful experiences of the world around them.
I don’t really know how to balance it all out, how to keep my children happy and safe in this world that seems to be changing by the second, and that scares me the most.