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Darkdrow
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GreenGavGiraffe
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Are kids better off today with the current technology than we were as kids in the 80's ?

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Started: 3/28/2015 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Darkdrow

Con

Do all of today's technology and electronic devices make the world a safer and easier place to grow up than it was in the 80's when none of these things existed ? I can see it either way with good and bad sides to each era. Whoever accepts choose which side you are and I will take the other. I'm kind of stuck in the middle and would like to see some points of view that might not have occurred to me. All aspects of life should be considered and not focused on safety.
GreenGavGiraffe

Pro

I guess I will be arguing for the proposition. I think I am talking about why modern technology is better for kids than stuff they had in the 80's.

1. Better for the future.
Modern technology is good, because it will help kids for later in life. Our world is always advancing in technology no matter what we do. We can't stop our progression in education or our technology. Anyway, that being said, kids will need to be better prepared for our always advancing world. In order to do that, they will need to have the modern technology. This technology will help kids keep up with the future. TV will help them learn better with things like Disney Jr. and other educational kid shows. Without our modern technology, it will be harder to learn and keep up with the future. In the 80's we didn't have the best smart phones or HD 3D TV's. That was because we didn't give the kids the most modern technology at the time. The kids weren't able to learn as fast and a lot of kids were behind in school and education. WE NEED MODERN TECHNOLOGY. Kids would be much better off with our technology now than with the technology back then. If we had the technology back then, than we wouldn't have been able to discover new things and progress in our education. Also, modern technology is cooler and people enjoy having amazing HD TV's and enjoy having the IPhone 6. People are probably much more happy now with our technology than back in the 80's.
Debate Round No. 1
Darkdrow

Con

While I do agree with you as far as education and getting ready for the future, my concerns are that their future won't be as long. I was born in 78 so by the mid 80's I was doing a lot of running around and playing outside. Inside just wasn't a really exciting place to be. An Atari and premium cable with 36 channels wasn't to exciting. If the sun was out and we were inside it was because we were grounded or sick. When the sun came out, we came out and didn't go back home until 9:00 or so. We were very active and it showed across the country. I've looked up numbers on a few different sites and to say 14% of Americans were overweight then is about in the middle. Depending on the source it was between 14 and 17%. What do you think those numbers are today? Everywhere I looked said about 70% today are overweight. While there are many great things that came with technology the desire to get up and do things vanished. When we wanted to rent a movie or game we jumped on our bikes and rode 2 miles to the rental place then 2 miles back. When my kids want to rent one they pick up the remote and hit netflix or on demand. I have 7 kids and if I didn't plan activities for them or sometimes kill the internet in our house, they would never leave. That is an astronomical rise in overweight people. With all the good things that we have now the desire and the need to be active has vanished. Is having an easier future worth losing 5, 10, maybe 15 years of that future?
GreenGavGiraffe

Pro

While I agree with your obesity contention, education is far more important than being active. I am not saying being obese is good, but I am saying with modern technology, kids are smarter at a younger age. Being smart is one of the #1 things that matters in this world and time. Also, kids are very active still. Schools have P.E. and over 30% of the population plays soccer in the U.S. People that are obese CHOOSE to be obese. It is their choice. If they want to use our modern technology incorrectly, they can do that. We need modern technology for the people that WILL use it right.

Anyway, modern technology is needed for finding cures and being able to cure horrible diseases. Back in the 80's they didn't have the technology to be able to cure certain diseases. They also didn't have as many highly educated people to find the cures anyway, which is another reason why we need this modern technology. This technology we have today can help cure and save thousands of kids' lives.
Debate Round No. 2
Darkdrow

Con

I'm not saying we should go without technology. It's more along the lines of too much of a good thing is bad. There needs to be more activity than just PE at school. All schools have PE and that's not enough. That 70% that's overweight are also in that PE class. It's not just kids behavior and patterns that have changed. There are also a lot of parents today that have let new technology take over raising their kids. When I was a kid and my parents had something to do they didn't sit me down with a computer or xbox and say I'll be back in a few hours. We went also. If I needed help with homework they didn't say google it. They helped me. There are endless possibilities to what you can do or learn from technology but a problem with that is you don't learn how to interact with people and that is also a very important aspect of life as well. You can't become to dependent on it. Perfect example just happened to me a couple hours ago while going to the store to get a couple bags of ice. When I got the counter I was told their computer was down so they couldn't sell me anything. When I asked why it's because he couldn't add up what the items cost or how much change to give me. He could take my 2 dollars and give me back 28 cents in change because he didn't have anything to do the math for him and that's when technology becomes a problem. Some people can't function without it.
GreenGavGiraffe

Pro

A calculator on your phone is always right, but a person doing math in their head isn't always right. Didn't you think that they didn't sell you anything because they thought they might make a mistake? Maybe they just didn't want you to have to pay too much or too little. It is actually good that we are dependent on this technology, so that we can make sure we are 100% correct. People make mistakes and that is the problem. Technology doesn't, however. I will now just start listing and explaining why our technology now is better than it was in the 80's

1. Education. Our modern technology will help kids become much smarter and having things like Disney Jr. is a good thing to have. People in the 80's didn't have stuff like that. Kids will be able to learn faster and the next generation will benefit from this.

2. Medicines and Cures. Having our modern technology is better because we can find cures for diseases much easier. Our technology helps us find cures and medicines for all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. Kids now won't have to worry if they have a bad illness. People in the 80's didn't have this advanced and very important technology back then.

3. Cars. Our cars have benefited from our technology too. In a lot of cars now a days, there are little screens in between the driver and passenger where the radio used to be. With this screen, you can now see where you are backing up. This protects kids from car accidents and it actually saves more lives. Also, a lot of cars have automatic brakes, so if a car stops suddenly in front of you, the car will automatically stop. This also saves kids' lives. People in the 80's had nothing like this back then.

4. Social networks. These social networks can help kids come together. They can be friends even when they haven't seen each other! This is good, because there would be less bullying and more friendships happening. People in the 80's didn't have this, and you only had a limited amount of friends. With social networks, you could have loads of friends from all over the world, and not just from your school or neighborhood.

5. Dating sites. WIth dating sites, adults could come together and if both parents have a child already, then the kids would be much happier. Again, it was much harder for single parents or lonely people to do this in the 80's. With our modern technology, single parents could be together, which would help make kids happier and have a better childhood.

6. Security footage. At stores, schools, or wherever you go, there will always be security cameras. These cameras have cold, sound, and are very clear. That means you can see and hear EVERYTHING that is happening. These cameras would save kids' lives. They would be much safer.

Thank you for debating me! ^_^ Vote for proposition! I had tons of points and reasons why my side was better! Vote for PROPOSITION! Thanks for debating me! I hope you all enjoyed this debate! ^_^
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by bluesteel 2 years ago
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Posted by ZenoCitium 2 years ago
ZenoCitium
Although Pro made decent points, the examples used mainly pointed to an easier lifestle. This, as Con pointed out, is not always good. Con made some valid poins about the detrimental effects of our increased dependence on technology, including health concerns.
Posted by GreenGavGiraffe 2 years ago
GreenGavGiraffe
I may just be 13 years-old, but there is something called the internet " lol I can just look up what life was like in the 80's.
Posted by Dilara 2 years ago
Dilara
Patrick!
Posted by jakelittle135 2 years ago
jakelittle135
36 year old man VS a 13 year old boy... The 13 year old has no basis for judgement in regard to tech in the 80s.
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Vote Placed by tajshar2k 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro gave more evidence to why he believed that kids today are better off. He also refuted Cons arguments a lot better, and Con did not refute them at all. Con's arguments are from a standpoint that says that kids in the 80's were more active than kids today. This correlation doesn't really has nothing to do with technology.
Vote Placed by ZenoCitium 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Please see comments.