In The Future, They Will All Be Wearing Velcro Shoes
As we get more technically advanced, we tend to also get a little stupider. See spell check didn’t catch that grammatical error! There may be one day flying cars, but no one will be able to tie their shoes. If there are shoe laces by then. There’s a new study out that analyzes how two-to-five-year-olds around the world are doing in ‘tech’ skills versus ‘life’ skills. And depending on your point of view, kids today are either prepared for a brave new world . . . or our priorities are WAY off.
–The technology company AVG polled 2,200 mothers who have Internet access and children aged two-to-five in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Here’s what they found.
–19% of kids aged two-to-five know how to play with a smartphone application . . . but only 9% can tie their shoes.
–25% can open a web browser . . . but only 20% can swim.
–And more children aged two-to-three know how to play a ‘basic’ computer game than ride a bike . . . 44% versus 43%.
–Naturally, the CEO of AVG . . . a guy named J.R. Smith . . . had this to say. Quote, “Technology has changed what it means to be a parent raising children today.
–“As our research shows, parents need to start educating kids about navigating the online world safely at an earlier age than they might otherwise have thought.”
Yeah she can use an iPhone, but can she tie her shoes? I bet not!