Technology That Can Make A Difference in Your Young Adult’s Life

Youth and Technology

teens and technology People of a certain generation like to scoff when young people say they have a hard time of it, but the truth is that there are more pressures than ever before on the youth of America. Young adults everywhere have to cope with the rising cost of living, with potential bullying, and with completing their studies on time, whether they’re in high school or college – that is, if their circumstances in life allow them to attend college at all.

To introduce a little bit of sanity into the life of the average young adult, technology companies everywhere are boasting that their product will make you more productive, or otherwise better equipped to face every day with optimism and energy. Here’s a look at just a few technologies that can help the young adult to navigate their way toward adulthood.

Wearable Fitness Technology

It’s no secret that it’s tough to include a fitness regimen into an already overburdened schedule, and nowhere is this truer than in the crowded life of a young adult. Young people everywhere are finding it more and more difficult to stay active, with many of them blaming the ubiquity of technology, citing its distracting qualities. Most young adults now walk less than five minutes per day.

It seems a little backwards to look to technology to help improve a situation that technology helped create, but that may be exactly what’s needed here. Companies such as Fitbit and Nike have been perfecting wearable fitness technology for a while now, and the trend has now reached the point where it’s not at all inconceivable that this type of device could become an important part of daily life for young adults.

The typical wearable fitness companion is an unobtrusive wristband that counts steps, tracks the distance you walk, and even monitors how well you sleep at night. It lets you make the most of even short exercise sessions and allows you to easily set goals for yourself.

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Future-proofing your parenting

The realm of parenting is changing

future parenting There is no doubt about it; the realm of parenting is changing. Long gone are the days of, Mother knows best and Wait till your father gets home; it is more like, Sam, how do I get this mobile phone to work again? The landscape of our children is changing as it never has before and as such the landscape of our parenting needs to change too.  People talk a lot about the Generation Gap, but we are living in a Generation Lap; never before have our children known more than their parents about something so important and they are lapping them in knowledge, often taking up the positions of technical guru in their homes. This has caused an uneasy shift in the balance of power between adults and youth and is forcing parents to gravitate towards less conventional styles of parenting.

Their on-line worlds are changing the way children think, interact and socialise, some young people are now thought to spend 10 hrs a day in front of a screen and by the time they become adults they are expected to have consumed over 10, 000 on-line hours. For parents this can be a frightening prospect and many can feel they are teetering on the edge of a world, of which they have no knowledge. And I don’t think we need to have an in-depth knowledge of their world, we just need to understand how it is changing them and then adjust our parenting accordingly.

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What Gender Divide!

Boy and girl in classThe Government is set to produce a Guide for Girls information pack for parents in order to help them bring up ‘aspirational young women’.

The packs will include information on education and career choices for young women to help them ‘realise their potential’.

The campaign is being rolled out by Women’s Minister and culture secretary Maria Miller amid concerns that today’s girls and young women are lacking in ambition.

I have wanted to write something on the gender gap for a while and then this hit the news and forced my head, which has to be a good thing!

While I am all for anything that is behind our young women, I do sometimes wonder if the people creating these things actually spend any time with young people, listening, not asking loaded questions but listening.

Well I do, and let me say that when you ask young girls about the so-called gender divide they look at you like you have gone mad and ask what you are talking about. You see, to the young generation, men and women are equal, girls are outperforming boys at school, modern books and films show heroines competing with exactly the same rules as men. You only have to watch the Hunger Games or read Divergent to see where the future is going in terms of the gender divide. However, while the figures show otherwise, I think we are aiming the literature at the wrong audience. The problem isn’t the low aspirations of young girls, the problem is us old adults who are so entrenched in this divide and this is where the literature should be aimed.

Increasingly, girls believe that they are equal to or above boys and boys are openly showing more female traits (I did a video on this a while ago) so the divide narrows.

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