Jaja’s Opinion on Millennials, and Tech Myths

Jaja’s Opinion on Millennials, and Tech Myths

Disclaimer: My opinions are not from a professional, but it’s considerable. Also, consider this a debate, and if you disagree, do comment your arguments.


Most teenagers in this century, or also known as the millennial generation, are commonly referred to as natives in technology, whether this is a good thing or not is debatable, as it depends on the common usage of technology by teenagers. As for the children born in this century, after seeing some of them, I personally think their parents are misusing technology to parent these children using a gadget, which is definitely not a good thing.


Tech Savvy Teenagers, Is it true?

Firstly, I don’t think that most teenagers in Indonesia could comprehend how a program even works, and their knowledge is limited to using software, while it is still possible to learn how software could work. Sure, they check social media much more often and are way more updated in terms of information. But do they really stand out in terms of things other than usage? I’d answer no.

They might send like a hundred posts a day on Instagram, or make a million amounts of stories in a month. Adults still could do that. They just don’t want to, or maybe they don’t have the time. Yet us teenagers, those that do have the time, spend it posting selfies, or looking for memes on Instagram, who by the way is also too lazy to look for funny memes in the right place… Reddit. Unfortunately, Reddit is blocked in Indonesia, so if you want to look for memes there, you need a VPN, which would take time to set up, and not many teenagers even know how to set up a VPN service.

For example, a common thing I see from my elementary school friends, now in Middle School is using filters, to have a doggy ear and tongue, of which I disapprove cause… EW! what’s that? Do you know how that even works? I haven’t really asked anyone whether or not they know how this works, but maybe if I have time I’ll give it a shot at researching this. Without any research, I’m sure a majority of users don’t even know how that works.

To me just the ability to use something does not really mean comprehending, and so, teenagers (the common one) have a slight advantage when compared to the non-Tech Natives

Their slight advantage comes from their more updated ability to keep up with the latest news, and of course, younger brains work faster. In fact, I’m sure there are much more adult programmers than younger ones.

“Socializing Via Nongkrong”, Is It Still True?

Honestly, this isn’t a myth, it’s my observation… First of all a bit of an apology from me cause I used the phrase Nongkrong, which isn’t formal, but since this website post isn’t supposed to be that formal, I’ll keep it that way.

In the 21st century since phones have been invented, well, I’ll let a popular biscuit logo talk, and tell you about it.

This is supposed to be a joke, but somehow I think it’s true… Also, not my image, found it online, Babah told me that awhile ago and I remembered about this article, so I thought it’d be a fun correlation.

Now, when Bubi was a teenager, she did say she liked to hang out with her friends a lot, and I can’t really blame that, I mean they are teenagers. But back in Bubi’s time, they used to spend their time talking, and at the very least, they’re still involved with one another, meaning they are socializing, regardless what kind of topics they are actually talking about. The social interaction still exists.

Now, that Khong Guan image will become a fact… As I’ve seen with teenagers, they end up playing with their phones, doing a separate activity, and ignoring each other. Almost every High School student, or some Middle School students ask me how I socialize, and how many friends I’ve got. If I wanted to be a jerk, which is bad for image, and might prove them right, I’ll tell them, I’ve got friends that I do socialize with when we’re together, even when we aren’t we still talk, and I have friends I actually talk with. Sorry… i don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes, people do things without even knowing a bit on the subject.

Bubi told me several times why hanging out is now pointless… It’s phones, blame them, PHONES ruin the definition of socializing and playing for teenagers. OK, well I don’t do sports, but seriously, you’ve got friends, talk to them, don’t chat with them. The ability and wording while writing and speaking in a direct conversation is clearly different, if we don’t stop to talk, then teenagers would just lose the ability and life skill to properly form words in a direct conversation.

So, thanks to phones, we’ve just lost one possible activity, that could’ve been a discussion of ideas, and could be something useful. Thanks a lot! (of course, I’m not ignoring the function of smart phones entirely too, they are still useful)


Does YouTube Really Teach Children?

Okay, first of all, I hear lots of parents make excuses when someone tells a parent that YouTube is bad. Some of the excuses include that they learn about science and other things when watching YouTube. Let me ask… What would a 3 year old or maybe slightly more, like a 4-5 year old, would really benefit from YouTube? They don’t need science yet right? Besides, long term memory (on most children) won’t stick too well until you are about 6.

For the record, Alice never watches YouTube, yet she plays board games fairly well, has a lot of words in her vocabulary, is very active as a child, and loves reading books.

When I meet babies around her age, I immediately see a difference between those that do watch YouTube, and those who don’t. Hold on, before some of you say that it’s just their personality, some versions of developmental psychology states that children are empty slates, and every action we do is basically drawing on that slate, giving them personalities.

Those might be some personal examples, but if we are talking on a more scientific and global way… in case you didn’t notice, the amount of people with Speech Delays has risen up a lot this century, and if we look at the most important inventions people use for children in this century, its Gadgets, and GMO Foods. Blame GMO? Okay, I can’t really correct opinions, but I mean, not everyone eats GMO, but a majority of people uses YouTube as a parenting method.

So, does YouTube really teach children? Nope, think of a better argument to give gadgets to a child, don’t say it’s educational until you really have proof it’s educational.

Maybe YouTube parenting isn’t as bad as the Greek Gods and Titans when they are parenting, but it’s probably just under the list a bit.

You Don’t Want This… Trust Me

Negative Effects of YouTube Parenting

So, I have shared my basic argument on this subject, but what are the negative effects?

So, in the 21st century, a lot of things have changed in terms of children growth, and speech delayed, and tantrum-y children have risen up in numbers, I believe it’s YouTube parenting’s fault, but again, assume it is a debate and disagree with an argument.

Now, a couple of talks with Babah and Bubi, reading Psychology books, and observing some of Alice’s friends, have given me some of the negative effects, based on my opinion, with a supporting agreement to accompany.

  • Speech Delay
    • Delayed Speech is pretty straightforward, usually, if a child couldn’t speak at the age of 3 or 4, or lacks vocabulary and pronunciation skills.
    • YouTube doesn’t teach proper pronunciations, and is often times meaningless, unlike reading a story book to your child.
    • YouTube’s constant changing pictures really distract your child from focusing on the meaning, so even a good video; can really disrupt linguistic skills growth.
    • YouTube is a one way conversation, the child watching YouTube doesn’t even have to say a word, or interact with it to gain full benefits, in fact, the video amounts on YouTube is endless, a child could watch all day without a problem.
  • Loss of Appreciation on Things
    • A child would begin losing appreciation on anything unlike YouTube; they would dislike anything because they have insanely high expectations on entertainment.
    • YouTube is fairly memorable. Children would see YouTube as their basic standard of entertainment. Anything not YouTube is ugly, because YouTube itself is already something very eye-catching.
    • So, this means after a child is addicted to YouTube, then chances of rehabilitating that would be hard.
    • For adults YouTube is more OK (I didn’t say this is a good option, just an OK source of entertainment) because we already have a general view on nicer and less nice things (I meant this as in quality)
  • Less Active Children
    • This doesn’t always lead to bad things, as some basic personality could affect this and make children more silent and quiet. But most children affected by YouTube tend to be less active and move less than those who don’t.
    • Let’s say being an active baby is like doing a job. While being an inactive baby that can lie down and watch YouTube all day is basically a lazy day for employees. If you’re the baby, what would you choose? Don’t lie, of course you would be lazy and chill if it is possible.


Well, firstly, thanks a lot for reading, I might want to start on the fact, I’m a bit sorry this article is pretty short, regardless, I hope it’s useful, if you disagree with me, please leave a comment down below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

OK! That right there is how YouTubers usually close a vlog… (I watched a bit of YouTube, usually those regarding Superheroes, I’m a geek). Now, that, cannot be implemented on a writing or a conversation can it? Of course not, the wording should generally be different, and that just won’t work.

The future isn’t gonna be filled with robots who do the work for us, people would need to interact with each other, and one way conversations, or chatting just won’t work when you want to speak in public, or have a presentation. I personally don’t see a single possible reason why teenagers are actually wasting their time in social media, and doing their definition of socializing, but don’t change the current definition, please just do not.

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