In, “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” an essay written by Amy Goldwasser, the study that today’s technology is only proving to consume the nation’s children into being both ignorant and anti-social, is challenged. Goldwasser feels as though, “the internet has turned teenagers into honest documentarians of their own lives” (667). In other words, regardless of how consuming technology is proving to be, it is shaping the minds of the youth in the best of ways, encouraging them to share their own personal perspectives and insight upon different matters.
Despite the fact that the internet is a continuously growing source of knowledge, Goldwasser stills highlights how disappointing it is to, “hear that one in four teens could not identify Adolf Hitler’s role in the world history” (668). She references several statistics that help reflect upon both sides of the role technology is proving to play. For instance, she calls attention to, “the average teen chooses to spend an average of 16.7 hours a week reading and writing online” (Goldwasser 669). One would assume that this is an overwhelming amount of time, but Goldwasser arguably believes that it can still prove to be affective since the teenagers today read and write for fun as a part of their daily social lives (669). She strongly supports the use of the internet, and opposes the mentality of the internet disguised as the “villain”, believing that, with given time, “teenagers [will] have the potential to become the next great voices of America” (Goldwasser 669).