We currently live in the most rapidly-changing and radically different age of humanity. The advent of internet technology has greatly increased our access to information and created a vast interconnectedness across the entire world.
However, this technology is relatively young compared to the evolutionary development of the human species. We are simply not equipped to handle the complexities of modern consumer electronics, and this is where it becomes problematic.
Generation Z has been born into this world of rapid change. We've been exposed to these technologies for all of our life, and this has resulted in a profound capacity for these technologies to affect our personal, psychological, and biological development.
For example. Porn. The average internet-user of this generation has seen more naked women than Ghengis Khan and the next few dozen of his ancestors. This is not natural. Porn use has become a significant problem in many men's (and women's) lives. It seems that every kid has an iPhone or internet-capable device these days. Any curious child can have access to porn, and this is where they learn what sex is. However, porn is purely based on lust, and is dependent on unrealistic images, unrealistic portrayals of sexual performance, and the reducing of women (and men) to sexual objects. In addition, the male mind is succeptible to compulsive porn addiction, and starting from an early age is only dangerous to male development. This may even explain why men today are out-performed by women in public school. For scientific studies on porn use, look at yourbrainonporn.com
Another example. Social media. Things like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have given us a false sense of community and intimacy, which many youth today mistake for the real thing. We've grown up comparing ourselves to the highlight reels of other's lives, which feeds discontent based on unrealistic standards. This is also emphasized by the access to photoshopped images of men and women, setting unrealistic body standards (which aren't imposed by a patriarchy as some claim, but rather by our own natural instinct to compare and try to fit into the rest of the community).
In addition, our community has expanded to the global scale. Culture is able to spread via the internet, resulting in a slow process of cultural-homogenization. Therefore, for example, as time progresses, culture between the East and West coast may become increasingly similar due to the easy transference of culture between great distances. Geography is no longer entirely relevant in culture.
Finally, I feel as if we are entering an "age of misinformation." For thousands of years, only the educated were literate and could share ideas within a scholarly community. Now, however, the scholarly community has become democratized. Those of the lowest intelligence share an equal voice with those of the highest. This gives way to populist ideas, sensationalism, and just plain ignorance, as many are now able to confirm their biases with others that share their beliefs, and simply ignore other sources of conflicting information.
These are all significant issues. Since we are the first generation to deal with this, how we react to these issues will set the trend for the future of humanity. What must be done? How can we make sure that we don't let this technology ruin us as a society?