Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.

@polychrome

Also dont victim blame young kids for growing up and doing what is natural in the *environment they were raised in* tho (which I see a little bit of in this thread). Children are perceptive, they pick up on how parents are obsessed with their phones from a young age and how when they are pretending to pay attention to them they are still sucked into their phones.

@polychrome

Also I question whether kids need to know how technology actually works mechanically. Some do of course, but the majority? That is missing the whole idea of technology.

Kids need to be universally educated on how technology POLITICALLY works. Not every kid needs to learn how to code, that is an absurd and shallow notion. Also, who actually understands how a smartphone works from top to bottom???

@polychrome

I also question whether kids appearing to need instant gratification, not having long attention spans and needing constant stimulation to focus something is really a function of technology ruining their brains vs the environment they are being raised in putting them under so much stress and anxiety that this kind of engagement is the only kind they have the mental health for.

@polychrome

How much more hw do kids get these days? How much less play time? What world do they see that they can look forward to inheriting from their parents when they look up from their smartphones?

I mean have you walked through a suburb and really looked at how horrifying and hostile to the nature of a child's desire to explore and grow and connect with others it is? And if a child isn't lucky to live in the hellscape of suburb than they probably live in constant economic precariousness.

@deejoe

I didn't know what the Camazotz where but in looking them up it has become apparent that the Northern European/viking metal aesthetic is milquetoast compared to how metal Mesoamerican culture is.

@polychrome

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