Post from Ismaeel
So I recently discovered this yahoo answers website and I decided to ask the people of the webernetz what they thought and I got a pretty good response.
What will generation Alpha bring to the society, and the world as we know of it today?
How will they influence the world, and why? Any specifics appreciated...
Answer: 1st world Alphas' parents will predominantly come from Generations X and Y. They will be the first generation of babies to enjoy the benefits of government-funded paid parental leave. Many will come from cashed-up households with two incomes, and parents who have delayed having children until their 30s.
They will live in a state of high technology and the pace of life will be exponentially faster. The majority of Gen Alphas will expect instantaneous and accurate things from food to information, and will more than likely find even the slightest inconvenience to be stressful. There could even be a significant and alarming sense of social isolation as social interaction is becoming less and less, with text messaging and social networking, people will not have to put much effort in staying in communication with each other. School and education could soon be predominantly online, cutting costs of supplies that schools use. Schools could, in 30 - 40 years, become a thing of the past, as more and more people graduate with teaching degrees, they will be able to be contracted by a few parents to educate their children from the computer.
Ultimately, the worry that I personally have is, is in reliance of the internet and the world wide web for almost EVERYTHING. Purchasing from amazon, social networks, online gaming addictions, hiring ESL writers to write your biology paper - America is reaching either it's peak or we are now declining, as every nation rises and falls in History. Will we become a group of lazy social inepts? Would we survive if the cord to the internet was cut somehow? Will we even remember how to properly write in cursive, or does that not even matter anymore?
I think my biggest fear for the upcoming generations is that everything is becoming digitized. When soldiers and sailors left for war in the 40s, no one knew exactly what was going on between 60 second news reels at cinemas that they would have to get up and drive to go see, and infrequent letters from the front. Now, we can quickly hop online and see every single world event that we desire while the coffee is brewing. In all sincerity, without thought of conspiracy or superstition, how would we survive as a nation if overnight, the world wide web ceased to exist?
It's is extremely frightening to watch our species build itself a flimsy pillar to stand on. One small flick...
Ms. Berman's response:
Although it is important to think of the future in a contextual sense, when we focus upon these abstract theories, we can lose sight of the essence of the individual. I believe in the power of each of us to inspire and evoke change, but it requires a clear sense of self and defining, humanistic goals. And so I ask each of you now to respond to the following question:
What really matters?