Gen Z is the first generation to grow up with technology. Technology has always been in our lives, and due to our exposure, we have become obsessed. Technology is all around us, and it is hard for us not to be addicted. I know I am, and I’m not proud of it.

There was a discussion in one of my college classes that piqued my interest.

When we have kids in the future, when would we give them electronics such as phones or iPods?

I thought that our class would be divided – some saying to wait while others saying to start at an early age. I was wrong. Almost every one of my classmates agreed that if we have children, we should wait.

“Every time I’m out at a restaurant, and I see a family, all of them are glued to their phones. No one is talking to each other,” a student said. “When I have kids, they are going to go play outside to have fun. Shoot some hoops or run around in the yard. All of my best memories as a kid were with other people. Kids nowadays all play on their phones, and they’re never going to get those memories. When I have kids, I’m not giving them a phone until they are 16.”

Most everyone agreed to what the student said. One student said she would give her child electronics at an early age only for educational purposes.

The great thing about my generation is that we can identify that we have a problem with technology and that we do not want future generations to have the same problem. We were introduced to electronics in our early teens, and now we are addicted to them. If we give electronics to young children, they will be worse off than us.

Chloe Berg is a native of Leavenworth and attends Benedictine College.