Hi everyone! How many of the following have you already done?
- Maglaro ng tex at pog
- Magbasa ng comics sa Bazooka
- Bumili ng paper dolls sa katabing sari-sari store
- Magbaril-barilan gamit ang pellet gun
- Magsuot ng butterfly hairpin at rings (‘yung pinauso ni Jolina)
- Magpaputok ng watusi tuwing New Year
- Magipon at makipagpalitan ng Tsukuba stationary
- Maglaro ng Brick Game at Tamagochi
- Magpabili ng Barbie, Polly Pocket, at Troll Collection
- Magsayaw ng Macarena at Asereje
- Manuod ng Power Rangers, Ninja Turtle, Dragon Ball Z at Ghost Fighter
- Kumanta ng “Boltes Payb, lima sila. Umulan ng patola…“
- Kiligin kay Jolina at Marvin, Juday at Wowie
- Maglaro ng ten-twenti, jackstone, Dr. Kwak-kwak, bang-sak, at pepsi-seven up
If you have done at least three of these, then you’re a 90s kid! And luckily, I am too!
Oh, I miss those days!
WHERE HAVE THE KIDS GONE?
I beg your pardon, but I have to agree. If curiosity killed the cat, then technology killed the kids. How often do you see kids play patintero, piko, tagu-taguan, and dodge ball these days? Rarely.
Instead, you see most of them sitting on the couch with earphones plugged and eyes glued to the computer screen. There seems to be no other way for them to enjoy their time but spend it like that. I received a text message from a friend last week that says:
Bored. Walang internet.
Does the internet have to define your life? Oh come on. Real life starts when you go offline!
Yes, technology helped reduce noise pollution in our streets, but, it killed the “KID” in kids. Thinking of this, I can’t help but remember this striking scene from one of my favorite Pixar films:
Talking about the
real, no, the adult world, we guys are pretty much in the same situation with the kids: glued to the computer. But this time, it’s because we have too.
We go online because we have to make researches, attend our group’s YM (Yahoo! Messenger) conference for a project, check and send emails, prepare a presentation, and finish a paper — case in point, thesis.
This holds true not only among college students, but also among office workers. We have pretty much the same routine during working hours: work, coffee break, work, lunch, work, coffee break, work.
Recognizing the health issues surrounding the use of technology, companies started implementing programs that would address the growing concern for the health of employees. In the advertising agency I worked for during my summer internship, they offered free aerobics, yoga and dancing sessions every week. Yahoo! Philippines once featured unique office spaces in Metro Manila which have facilities, such as a boxing ring and a mini gym, to address the same concern.
(Just a little trivia. My high school friend was the videographer for this one. I’m so proud of him!)
COUCH POTATO OR NOT?
The good news is, WE HAVE A CHOICE — kids and adults alike.
The advancements in technology are meant to make our lives easier. They work for us; not the other way around.
Parents should monitor the way their kids spend their time. It will be better if they encourage them to also experience the stuff they did when they were still young: climb a tree (which I never learned how), win a game of patintero, play basketball, etc. Organizations on the other hand, have to consider the welfare of their employees. Kudos to the organizations who have already done their part in addressing this concern! As for workaholic employees and college students,we should monitor our lifestyle.
This is not just an issue of health. This is an issue of moderation and technological dependency.
Technology is God’s gift. USE IT WISELY.