I agree with many of the pros and cons pointed out, including the fact that there is a greater advantage to growing "up in a world that has come to offer them instant access to nearly the entirety of human knowledge, and incredible opportunities to connect, create and collaborate," as stated by Dan Anderson, a staff member and author of the article for Elon University. He goes on to say that the cons include "deficiencies in young peoples’ abilities to focus their attention, be patient and think deeply," which is clearly an issue at hand. In fact, it is no secret that many think this generation has far too many character flaws to be able to independently operate considering hardly anyone has held onto the simple necessities of everyday life. Think about it for a minute; how many of our youth can change the oil of a car on their own, or tie a slip knot using rope, or hand wash dishes, or even do simple math? Probably not even half of the youth can do these tasks, which were common for most previous generations and even expected to be performed daily, weekly, or monthly. It is the use of technology that has changed the need for these tasks due to the ability to simply look them up on the internet, or better yet just download an "app" that it'll either do it for you or walk you through it.
Anderson goes on to state that "some experts expressed concerns that trends are leading to a future in which most people become shallow consumers of information, endangering society." I would agree with this statement for the most part, considering many of our youth are so caught up in Facebook media and useless drama that they can't conceptualize beyond the concept of what they're going to eat for lunch that day. It's sad really, just to think that our society is some day going to be placed in the hands of a generation of people fully dependent on the use of the internet. However, the most interesting side of the debate is how it'll all affect education. If this new generation of people can't conceptualize beyond a simple thought, or hold a conversation longer than a minute due to their short attention span, then how will they ever accomplish the same standards of education that generations before us have established? That is a true concern for me, and one that I don't take lightly considering my continual pursuit of higher education and learning through experiences beyond the scope of social media.
It also makes me wonder, what if the internet somehow goes down? What if it gets so out of hand that a scheme of internet hackers collaborate to terrorize the web and all major social media and networking sites. That would truly disable the majority of Gen AO, thus placing a huge concern upon the outcome of our future. Then Gen AO's deficiencies will truly be exposed, and the world may see its darkest days yet.
Overall, there are many pros and cons that can be debated about the use of technology and the outcome of Gen AO. But the reality remains in the fact that this new generation is run by the minds of those intertwined with the world-wide web, and that the world as we know it will not remain the same. It has been changing for years, and it will continue to change for more to come. It will be interesting to see how the youth of Gen AO respond and handle the tasks of society's most difficult challenges.
For further reading, please check out Elon's article at http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/59585. Thanks for reading!