Are kids being born smarter today? I am sitting here watch my just turned two year old navigate a tablet like a pro, only occasionally yelling because she gets stuck. Isn't that amazing?
For instance, lets give a caveman or even a more recent figure like Leonardo da Vinci or Cesare Borgia a tablet. Would they be able to navigate it and understand it with the precision that my two year old does instantly? I'm sure da Vinci could, but how much of a learning curve would there be? How long would it take him to master the basic concepts and functionality. Even my daughter knows when the screen goes dim its time to charge it, how easily could somebody from 1,000 years ago understand the concept of charging and electricity in relation to tablet functions?
I look at my nine year old and he hadto learn how to use a tablet or a cell phone much as I had trouble switching from a dump phone to a touch screen smart phone back in 2005 (Windows Mobile 5.0 anyone?). While my tech savvy son got a hold of it quick, it seems that my two year old was born with those skills and as she advances will probably eventually beat out my older son.
Being born in the 80's, I understood how a lot of things work and they just became part of my life. They were there from the beginning for me in my life. Just as my parents had to learn how to use a television, a computer, the Internet, and now mobile devices, today's children are being brought up with those items as their natural surrounding.
What does this mean? I think it is the easiest way to point out that humans retain knowledge and pass it on through generations. As we advance our children advance and are not very primitive at all. We do not have to reinvent the wheel for each child that is born, but yet only give a simple explanation of why it works and the child would understand where as if you gave the same explanation to a full grown adult before the wheel was invented they would not understand you at all.
This might be considered common knowledge to some, but really take a minute to think about it. I find it truly amazing of what the human race, mind, and DNA are capable of doing. I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds.
David Strausser is a graduate of Penn State. He holds a degree in Information Sciences and Technology and is currently seeking another degree in Business.