Growing up, I almost always had a book in my hand. I was constantly reading and writing.
All grown up now, I am still constantly reading and writing – but this time, on a mobile in my hand almost all the time.
The older generation don’t get this. An older couple in the family keep complaining about how I am always on my smartphone. Yet, when I visit, they are always reading a newspaper. They don’t get it. To them, a smartphone is a play thing. Yet, I access far more info from my smartphone in one day than they do from reading newspapers all week.
Someone reading a newspaper appears more serious to them than someone scrolling through a smartphone. The problem is a generational gap. The problem is in the mind.
I had a talk about this with my kids today. One is 13. The other 11. I told them that I do not have a problem with them being on their smartphone as long as they are not spending most of their time on games, music, videos and chats. I shared with them how their phones can aid with school work and with learning a wide range of things (of course, with children, supervision is important). I demonstrated it to them this morning when assisting Girl Mo with a school project.
But it must be said that mobile is the single greatest educational and informative resource that ANYONE can have access to today.
It is a new world, and mobile is the new book.