Electo-Isolation At Issue For Generation Online

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When the computers at a school in Lake Oswego, Oregon, had to be turned off for four days because of a virus, students were bewildered about how to address a snail mail envelope. These tech-savvy students could email, text, web browse, MySpace, and Google with great skill, but when the system went down, both students and teachers realized that technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessityperhaps a necessity that serves to separate us rather than bring us together.

Perhaps the best place to see this phenomenon first hand is on a high school campus, which is, conveniently, where I spend most of my day. Students are literally addicted to their technology, as evidenced by the fact that when our school instituted a policy this year to ban all iPods, cell phones and electronics except for during lunch, the outcry was far more passionate than for any other school rule in memory. Students nearly came to blows with teachers and supervisors who confiscated their electronics, acting like junkies who can’t be separated from their “fix.”

Students will text message friends rather than meet up with them. Cell phone cameras have taken the place of actually...

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