One very interesting pattern indicated that children in poorer neighborhoods were more likely to have televisions in their bedrooms than children from more wealthy neighborhoods. As the paper reports, “nearly half the children from better-off families surveyed had televisions in their bedrooms, compared with 97% of the nine- to 13-year-olds from less well-off areas.”
The report goes on to say that materialistic children were more likely than others to argue with their family, have a lower opinion of their parents and suffer from low self-esteem. I find this troubling, how are parents being parents if this is the culture. Where is the interaction between young and old in a family?
Bill Gates has identified the generation of children born from 1994 on as “Generation I” — the digital information generation (how ironic it is I following the success of apple’s products). He talks about how they will look at the world in a completely different way.Speaking at the New York Institute of Technology, Mr. Gates said this:
“these are kids who will always wonder why we talk about having records. To them, music will just be something you can get on your computer, and organized exactly the way you want and carry around with you however you want. To them, the idea that all the rich information should be easy to search and find, and that you should be able to find other kids in another country and speak to them about what their thinking is about that topic. They’ll simply take that for granted. They’ll think of buying as something where you can go out and get the best prices, or get the product reviews across the Internet. And so, they will think about the Internet in a far more profound way than most of us who grew up without it being an ever-present tool.”