Cell phone mania
05 September, 2013
Cell phone mania
Is life fun with cell phones? Yes! Are we better connected now than ever before? No doubt! Do we need our pocket communication machines to survive more easily than in the past? We certainly do! And yet, is there something wrong with the universal walkie-talkie webbing? I should say so! And what would be that? Time! The wasted time on unnecessary blabber and texting, especially among the young! They say one in ten children in Great Britain has
the mobile by the age of five. Imagine what’s happening in higher age groups!
I wonder what the picture looks like in Georgia. A quick thorough research might do us a huge service. We need to know exactly what our youngsters are using their time on in order for us to better control the process of their formation into the future patrons of this country. As a matter of fact, no education reform will have any effect unless we teach our youth what to do with their time. Kids have to learn counting their time like their moms and dads would count their money to make ends meet. The parents’ obsession with the security of their children, provided by means of cell phones, is a flagrant exaggeration. The selfsame cell phones are putting the kids into the danger of squandering their valuable time on excessive telephone communication with their peers. In the kids’ hands, a cell phone is turning into the most desirable toy to operate with, which distracts them from real life, the mother-nature if you want, and the everyday indispensable business they have to routinely attend to. This is just a malady, a regular sickness that needs an instant treatment. September is here, and the kids are back at school, but they are back in the new school year with the same old habits and mindset. The so much talked about but never happening educational reform has to be taking place in their minds, not in formal alterations in the rules of management. Certainly, a cell phone is not the only bad guy I am trying to incriminate for every possible vice and wrong. It is just a vivid example of a mistreatment of time as such by our young people. Moreover, the blame is not totally theirs. They are simply the victims of ignorance in the field of time-budgeting. The responsibility should be burning their parents’ and teachers’ shoulders because they are not training them persistently and tirelessly in the ways of time management. Kids will be kids – they are not feeling the irreversibility of time. They have to be taught the art of using their time, like we are teaching them science and math. And the cell phones are voracious time consumers along with computer games, endless skyping and the blind internet browsing. Just have a look at the Nation from outside! We are just frozen in one degenerative pose – hunched over our cell phones – the children together with us. And the money spent by our young on cell operations! Has anybody counted it? Why don’t we sit down and calculate how many kids in various age brackets own cell phones, how much time they are spending using them, how much the parents are spending on their kids’ cell phone bills and how much the kids need their cell phones in reality if fairly judged. I am sure a cell phone is reckoned a must purchase for a child going to school for the first time. The hi-tech parental gesture will pronounce the maturity of a little boy or a girl for starting a grownup life, plus the peers will be appreciative of a cool cell model. Well, this is all a tongue-in-cheek part of the situation. If serious, we need to hurry to understand what is more rational for the future of the nation – superficial technological skill for coping with everyday life or a profound knowledge of science which takes more time to master than our school-children may even suspect. The educational reform is much, much deeper an issue than we have considered it in the last quarter of a century. The secret is in knowing well what our kids should learn and how much time on what they should be using. The cell phone mania is a counter-productive process, warping the minds of our youngsters and distracting them from working on their good future.

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