I've always been concerned about the effect of technology on children AND adults. But my daughter recently became a legal adult, "all grown up" as she would like to think...and now I can see the impact it made. There's so much I wish she could have experienced.
She was a child of divorced parents since a toddler. She had a mom (that's me) on one side, trying to deter from the fast pace of gadgets and advancements to the best of my ability. On the other side, she had a father whose household bought these expensive phones, games and gadgets every birthday and holiday, including upgrades when last year's model was no longer in style. So it was a challenge, for sure.
Of course things will change - that is to be expected. But what I felt badly for is that things progressed so rapidly - and some really important things got lost in the stampede of advancement.
For myself, I chose technology that I could live with and passed up on things I could certainly live without. After all, am I not sitting at a laptop right now? Of course I am. Though I must admit I miss my university days of typing my philosophy papers on my Smith Corona typewriter, then running it to Kinkos to make copies in time for class! My daughter would say, "What's Kinkos?"
Here are the bad things about technology that I wish were still around for my daughter to experience...REALLY experience, not be told about as if discussing the days of the dinosaurs.