Benefits greatly outweigh the downsides of harmful behavior/material
Benefits somewhat outweigh downsides.
Mixed; neither good nor bad overall
Downsides of harmful behavior/material outweigh benefits
Downsides of harmful behavior/material vastly outweigh benefits and something must be done.
I understand the shrug response that "That's life," because it IS life, today. I'm asking people to think critically about what the impacts could be of these mind-blowing technological advances. Show today's high-speed and mobile internet capabilities to someone a mere 20 years ago and it would ****ing blow their mind. We're raising the very first generation ever that will have grown up with this internet-everywhere-at-all-times reality we've just come into.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
As for generally, kids (and some adults as well) seem pretty insecure if they don't constantly have a phone in their hand, and aren't constantly communicating. I personally think it is a way for some people to avoid any private reflective time for themselves, which I think is not good for you in the long run. I have a cheapie pre-paid cell phone. I carry it in case I have an emergency, or if something really important comes up. It's a joke how few minutes I use, lol. My son, on the other hand, carries a cell phone always, and frequently talks and texts. If he forgets his phone, he will turn around and go back home to get it, even if he's running late. If I forget my phone, I don't care, and there's no way in hell I am going back home to get it. It just isn't that important to me. That's what I was alluding to with the obsessiveness/ neurotic comment in my earlier post.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung