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Teen Talk

October 12, 2013

A Word of Advice: It's OK to be selfish sometimes

Sometimes we’re just all we’ve got behind us, and that’s pretty OK when you think about it. 

The world we live in is a very interconnected one, between being connected to the Internet in at least three different ways at all times and all places, and either being on the Internet or thinking about what’s buzzing on it in the backs of our minds. So it’s not really difficult to see why humans, especially young ones particularly adept in technological matters, have seemingly lost touch with their senses of self. 

A term typically reserved when speaking about romantic relationships, people these days have grown reliant on having constant attention and approval from their fellow human beings, for better, and for worse.

Now, being that this is Teen Talk, and we’re all about that slick and hip millennial lifestyle, I won’t talk about how terrible my generation is, how we need to go back to the good old days of eight-tracks, drinking milkshakes, and protesting without knowing what we’re protesting, but even I, as a nearly 24/7 user of technology, will admit that every rose has its thorn. 

We’re attached to our devices to the point that it’s become almost a part of our nature as humans. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if our next step in evolution was to grow Google glasses biologically out of our skulls for perpetual use. 

I myself can’t even go 20 minutes when not at work or in school without checking my phone, laptop or other doodad. Looking for sparks, connections to the outside world, like I’m deserted on an island inside my head looking for a ship to pass by. 

This isn’t the best advance humanity’s made in modern times. Thanks to this increase in communication and increase in reliance on those around us, when times get tough and it’s you against the world, it can be a bit like hopping on a bike for the first time.

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