iGeneration

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iGeneration

Gwenna Keckler, Editor

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Many believe that this generation, considered Generation X or the iGeneration, has been corrupted by cell phone technology. Those of elder generations feel that this generation, like the students pictured above, spend more time focusing on their cell phones instead of the world and the people around them.

However most students feel that this generation with technology is exactly how it should be. They argue against those that support a world without this technology. “I think the world would be different if technology wasn’t so prevalent in our lives but i wouldn’t say it’d be better. I don’t know how you can say one decade was better than the other because there’s different social norms, different expectations, different stereotypes and realities in every era,” says Aaron Obilaro (11) pictured above with his friends.

Hannah van Duursen (9) also argues against those that view technology as a tool of isolation. Instead, she believes it’s what brings us together. “I feel like technology has strengthened our relationships. If you think about it, in the olden days if you had to reach out to somebody you had to write a letter or whatever, now you can just send them a text. I think between friends and nationwide people can connect more.”

More classrooms, like Mrs. Neel’s AP Language and Composition class, have been incorporating chromebooks and technology in the curriculum. Having students do their work online rather than printing 30+ copies of paper every day for each class.

Students like Kate Taylor (12) are excited to see these changes. “There should be more technology in schools. It pisses me off when teachers make you put your phone in the shoe thing. That really bugs me because yeah we do use them to text, but they’re good tools to have in the classroom.”

Students and friends Alissa Leen (12) and Aiden Previdi (12) argue over different topics and enjoy each other’s company while fighting over a cell phone, demonstrating the best and the worst of what technology has done to the iGeneration.