Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is Technology Making Us Violent?

In Don Tapscott’s book Grown Up Digital, he states that many people accuse the internet and technology of making this generation more violent. He cites the Columbine school shootings as just one example of young teens being influenced by video games to carry out horrible acts of violence.

I’m sorry, I didn’t realize violence and shootings were things created by this generation. Last time I checked, people have been running out into the streets and massacring innocents since long before anybody had even heard of Pong. The idea that technology is making us more aggressive and violent than past generations is absolutely without ground. Guns and gangs are not products of Sony’s Playstation.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you. A single example is not enough support to make such a rash generalization. If anything video games have made the “net” generation lazier. Taking the initiative to buy a gun and learn how to use it effectively is not confounded in our video games.
    I would state, however, that violent thoughts and ideas are exposed at a younger age, today. The ability to virtually kill and reenact scenes of war and tragedy is a modern phenomenon that takes away the reality of those events.