Three generations of childhood in last 70 years. We are shortly analyzing the fact that the human life has changed. What about being online and offline?
Our parents, we and our children. We represent three different points in a period of 70 years. From a scientific point of view it is a fantastic opportunity to analyze a development. We will now try to compare three different generations and their contribution to the change.
Now you maybe wonder what change this is about. Regardless if it can be experienced as positive or negative, this change is visible. What is it about?
We are shortly analyzing the fact that the human life has changed. And that has affected the childhood in two generations. As Hetaclitus said: the only constant in life is change.
If we look at our parents back in 60’s we can say that they were around 7-10 years old. They met each other and played different games together outside or at someone’s home. It was games with no contact with technology as in present time.
How was our childhood in 80’s-90’s? It was pretty similar to our parents but with a change: some of us got in touch with computer games and computers. It was pretty a start of new era.
Being online and offline
And what about our children from 2010 until today, around 2021-2025? How is their childhood? We can actually call it: IT childhood or maybe even Touch screen generation. It is a result of what we have achieved with the technology. We have created an IT world with social intercourse online. We are longer time connected with each other via Internet than in natural way.
Our children live online and with different devices such as smartphones. They have no time for being with each other offline because they are very dependent on being online. That is how our technology development has affected our children. In this article we will not judge the development and compare their childhood with ours because they actually are not comparable. It is totally different kinds of societies and it would be wrong to criticise our children when we know who originally contributed to what we experience today.