In this century, use of technology is wide spread with almost all parts of the world using technology in their life. Technology has eased the life by introducing quick and effective ways of communication. It has improved business and transactions. Technology has a major impact in the education sector with learning to take a technology dimension such as use of videos, power point presentations, online degrees and online assessments. Use of technology has raised the issue of privacy. Teenagers are living open private life through activities of social sites such as facebook and twitter.
Social media has become the easiest way of communication among teenager. It has made social interaction quick and simple. Millions and millions of people communicate through twitter, facebook and other media. Social media Digital divide is real the divide is either between different ages or different countries. Digital divide between the young and the old is evident through the different use of technological devices. Digital divide between age groups continue to grow. This is because of the fast rate of technological inventions and increased access to smart phones among young people. Digital divide among countries is due to economic differences between countries. A wealth country adopts technology at a fast while poor countries remain backward in term of technology. Technology is expensive to obtain and maintain. For, example, the monthly telephone bills are high.
Technology increases imagination and creativity of human beings. People look forward to the future with great expectation. No one can tell what the future of technology is. People expect current smart phones to evolve into personal mobile computers. The use of 4G and 3G wireless broadband will reduce, and people will compute fast. People are also enthusiastic about clouding computing with its unlimited opportunities. Technology is shifting from the use of eye-tracking and voice recognition to a complex user interface that will use augmented reality. Technology is also promising use of autonomous. All these explain humans’ expectation of future.
Role internet play in defining the culture of youths
The number of young people using the internet is very high in USA. Majority of youths have access to smart phones, laptops and ipads which they use to access the internet. Youths use the internet for various uses. Over time, internet has influenced the culture of youths. Internet has become part of teenage parties. Teenagers spend a lot of time on internet games and social media such MySpace and facebook. This has raised the issue of time management and health of the youth. Internet content is uncensored, and youths can access information on anything. Internet has become the main channel of socializing. They use the internet to express themselves and complain about parents. Teenagers adopt habits from online. Internet has become the major channel of communication. Children, as old as 3 years are accessing. Most children use a huge amount of their life in the internet. Texting has also become. Teenagers access adult content in internet redoing their culture. Teachers are forced to use the media to capture the attention of the student. Students are struggling to focus due to exposure to many devices.
Concentrating in class is greatly impacted. Students are leaving the traditional books. E-books such as spark notes are popular. Teachers are leaving the old rules of assessment. Students socialize in myspace and facebook. Digital hangouts such as my space are sites for expressing their feeling. Teenagers are source important information. The sites are also source of confrontations among youths. Digital socializing has the advantage of anonymity. Teenagers are using the internet to display their images and creating identities. These identities are shaping the culture of teenagers and youth by influencing whom they associate with. Internet is influence parent-children relationship. It is reducing the culture of involvement. Internet social nets have been inflated by predators. Cases of date rapes are common. Parents are worried about what youths are up to. Youths use social media to disclose information that they do not disclose on one on one. This has helped youths with issues such as eating disorders to source information. It gives them a sense of belonging by meeting online with people with similar conditions. Internet gives youths a chance to impose. This increases chances of risky behaviors. Cyber bullying has impacted on self-esteem of some youths. Internet has changed all aspect of teenage culture. The dispute arises on whether the negative aspects of internet outweigh its positive. The issues of content and addiction are a concern to many. Privacy and confidentiality of information is also a debatable issue.
User-generated media play a different role in defining culture compared to non-user generated media. The use of user-generated media such as Wikipedia, MySpace and you tube has high. Many internet users visit these sites for answers, entertainment and mood management. The content of user-generated media is appealing. User-generated media have question-answers data base that gives solutions to questions from different users. It is accessible through many technological devices such as smart phone, which are common. The media allow users to control the content of the media. User-generated media are easy to use and interactive. These characteristics make them have a huge influence on defining culture of people.
It is true that the internet has created the generation gap. The difference between what youth and old use the internet for are huge. Most youth use internet for social interaction and internet. Adults use internet to communicate and sourcing information. Internet has also created a drift between the two groups. Teenagers are demanding privacy. Most youth’s involvement in internet remains secrets. Parents are concerned about what youths are accessing online. Internet is the source of all answers for youths. This has created a gap between youths and parents. Internet has revolution how people interact and relate. Young people spent a lot of time surfing reducing family time. Youths have many hot spot, cyber and where they can hide their identity. Internet has created a huge emotional disconnect
The difference in internet use between the youth and the old is not a social problem. Parents need to understand that, collapse in society has driven youths to misuse internet. The old have failed to provide guidance to the young on internet. Curtailing youths from accessing the internet is not a viable option. Youths should be lightened on the shortcoming of internet.
Digital divide in the country is not wide among people of different age. However, there is a difference between the old American and youth on internet use. Youths use smart phones and other technological devices to access internet. Adults mostly use computers to access internet. The divide is likely to reduce as generations proceeds. The difference is manageable. There is a huge digital divide between affluent countries and developing countries. This is a problem to the people of these countries. Technology improves life of people through improved delivery of services such medical care. It is also improves management of security. However, distribution of technology has improved over the recent years. The number of internet users in developing countries is increasing due to the emergence of cheap GPRS-enabled phones. Most countries have optic fiber for data flow.
The arrest of Israel brothers is ethnocentric. Ethnocentrism is changing other culture based on values of your culture. In Iraq, the two couples wed legally regardless of the seemingly under age issue. This clearly illustrate that, in the context of Iraq, the two brothers were innocent and acting in regard to their culture. The state is acting in respect to the American culture hence being ethnocentric. The issue of the age of marriage is culturally relative. Some culture allow ‘under age’ female to marry while, in other, the marriage age is above 18 years. The arrest is, therefore, insensitivity of the Iraq’s culture. However, the Iraq’s are undergoing the process of nationalization. This makes them conform to the culture of America, which prohibit under age marriage.
The policy of ‘English only ‘is culturally relative. The policy is being applied in a society that recognizes English as the main communication language. The people are, therefore, being judged according to their culture hence the cultural relativity of the policy. The policy would become ethnocentric if it was being imposed on states that do not recognize English as the main language of communication. The policy, however, seems insensitive of other language. Language is a major component of culture. We do not know the language and cultural orientation of people from these states an; therefore, it is tricky to say that the policy is culturally relative or ethnocentric. Knowledge of the language of resident of these states would help us realize whether the policy is acting within or without the culture.
The UN policy on female circumcision is ethnocentric. The practice of female circumcision in some Africa is a highly valued rite of passage. The African societies view it as an appropriate culture that signifies passage to adult hood. The communities have their advantages of practice and reasons why it should be conducted. The UN policy is guided by cultures outside African society and does not interpret the practice from an African perceptive. The policy, therefore, makes the culture of the African society inferior. Arresting these African can be equated to arresting a Chinese for eating a dog in the America. To the Chinese, the act is innocent but to the America, the act is against the culture of most societies. The UN definition of female circumcision is informed by western culture. The agency views it as a health issue that needs address. Many countries have outlawed the practice and view it as child abuse.