A Review of 'The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s'

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Summary The author uses an anecdote about how his children think the Kindle is a "book" to show that children of today will have a different worldview than previous generations. Technology is changing their attitudes, behaviors, and outlooks. There will even be smaller generation gaps between children who would otherwise be of the same generation, because the technology is changing rapidly. If a new tool comes out, the older kids will not be as familiar with it, and so, they will be like "old fogies." Even three or four years is enough to separate a "generation" of users of technology. Teenagers are more likely than persons in their 20s to send instant messages and use video games. Children born in the 1980s are called the Net Generation, whereas children born in the 1990s and the 2000s are called the iGeneration. The iGeneration spends less time on the phone and watches less television than the Net Generation. The results of the changes are dramatic. For example, many young people in the iGeneration will expect instant answers to everything. The kid-focused virtual worlds will grow up viewing their online friends in the same way as real life friends. Not all the results are negative. Some children might be more creative as a result, and more in control of their reality because they are participating in the virtual universe. They might also be more in control of their consumer behavior due to less influence from marketers. However, some of the effects might be

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