I consistently hear these sorts of complaints a lot from parents, grandparents, and random adults on Facebook bemoaning the decline of a sort of basic decency among today’s youth.
- “Kids today are addicted to being on their damn electronic devices.”
- “Kids don’t even learn proper spelling or grammar with their stupid text speak.”
- “Video games and smartphones are like crack for young minds.”
- “Kids today aren’t learning necessary social skills since they won’t pull their noses out of their devices.”
Most are said by folks who are very well-intentioned, really caring for the kids and wishing the best for them. But I am so sick of hearing this kind of blind and backward obliviousness to what is probably the most important type of skills and literacy for children today.