Topic: Does Technology Throw Your Maturity & Communication Skills Out of the Window?

In modern-day life, technology is a major key factor that plays a role in our lives, but at the same time, can be the leading course for maturity and communication skills being thrown out of the windows. Why do you ask? Because technology has been the cause for some having their eyes pasted to the screens of a mobile phone, computer, TV or a handheld console, which leaves anyone in the position of not being able to communicate properly as a result, with maturity being another main issue in the process as well, given that a lack of maturity is shown when technology is around.

In this topic, I will make sure to give my views on whether technology throws your maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I will also be giving my reasons for why I believe that it is taking away our chances of maturing properly, as well as how our communication skills can be affected severely as a result.

How is Maturity Thrown Out of the Window?

Maturity can be thrown out of the window very easily when the wide-range uses of technology is around, as the digital world is like an alternate version of the real world, only with a lack of social interaction, which, when you see things from this view, is sad, because our generation, where maturity is concerned, lacks pretty much almost all forms of it, as there are people constantly texting and looking at the screen of a mobile phone or tablet, who, at certain stages, like to shut themselves off from the people around them.

With people shutting themselves off from the people around them, including the real world, it’s like they are in a world of their own, and when they are, they don’t listen or take note of what is said, let alone what is being done, and it proves that maturity is something our generation reacts, especially when it comes to respect as well, because respect plays a huge part in our lives, and with a lack of maturity in my generation, is it any wonder why there are so many gun crimes, knife crimes and even hit-and-run crimes being committed?

In the last few days, I had quite the sudden outburst on the social networking site, Facebook, as I saw inappropriate statuses coming up on my News Feed with comments that left little to the imagination. Why? Because the comments that followed what those statuses said came across as being vile, amoral, misogynistic, volatile and disgusting, and if you ask me, I was annoyed at it, because usually I rise above it and refresh my News Feed, but on some days when I open the Facebook app on my iPod touch, or even when I log on to Facebook on my laptop, I am sometimes, if not almost on a regular occasion, greeted with rude statuses on my News Feed that follow with some prolific comments underneath too.

Below is the first status I posted up on Facebook, in which I expressed my anger to these statuses and comments that were coming up on my News Feed, with a second status that quickly followed.

“Honestly, with some of the rude statuses and comments that come up on my Facebook, it’s not normal behaviour at all, and is very immature, amoral and disgusting.

I would appreciate it if there was more respect on this social network because at the moment, the comments and messages I’m seeing are not wise and are either misogynistic and distasteful. So from me. Please stop.

By all means I’ll be continuing to use Facebook, but I would appreciate it if everyone in this world can just get on.

Forgive me if I’m annoyed at it all, but if any of you don’t like jumping at each other’s throats at the opportunity of an argument, or even a little squabble that isn’t necessary, then the simplest thing is don’t use Facebook and any social networks at all, and maybe, just maybe, the whole world would be a lot better.

So what if you think I’m rambling on, talking a load of complete bull from your perspective, I couldn’t care less, but if I want to speak up about anything, then I will, and I won’t hide my feelings or pander to do what I’m told to do. I will do things by my own book on my terms as and when I see fit.

I am my own being and I am also being myself. If you don’t like it, then that’s fine, but after all, it’s your loss and my gain.

I’m sorry if I’m annoyed but it’s about time I spoke up, so please, stop all these horrific comments, statuses and vice versa.

If you stop using social networking altogether, and realise just how technology and social media is throwing your communication skills and respect away, then maybe you would see things in a different light 😡.” – Alex Smithson

After I put the first status up (shown above), I quickly apologised for my sudden outburst, but still kept to what I said, as this is what I meant when it came to a lack of maturity and communication skills:

“I’m sorry for the sudden outburst, but at this stage, I just want for all of us to respect and love one another. Don’t take those around you for granted, because you’ll soon regret it if you do.

Show respect, love, care and your undivided attention to all of those around you, and you’ll be surprised and also realise how much you will all need one another.

Also, make the most of the time you have and appreciate all the time you have in this world, because it’s never coming around again.” – Alex Smithson

At the end of the day, maturity and respect is key no matter what the situation or outcome, and only we can do the good work and respect others and have a grown-up and mature attitude that is acceptable towards everyone.

How are Communication Skills Thrown Out of the Window?

Communication skills can be thrown out of the window very easily, especially where technology is involved, as my generation nowadays have their eyes pasted to their phones/tablets/computers, which invites a lack of communication to someone face-to-face.

I’m sorry to be taking a dig at my generation, but it has to be said, about half of my generation is mature and have a grown-up attitude and know exactly right from wrong and know what to do in life, but the other half of my generation are either going out on the streets, causing trouble for those around them, or they are just sitting around or walking around with their eyes pasted to the screens of anything technology-related, which anti-socialises them from being around the people who care about them the most.

In day-to-day life, because of the use of technology where communication skills are involved, a large number of people are losing the art of conversation face-to-face because mobile phones, laptops, and even tablets are taking away the communication skills that everyone needs to develop, and it’s not just that, but with the lack of communication skills, technology, from certain core areas and perspectives, is to blame, and if it all carries on, eventually, technology will be the primary and secondary killer that will kill us all.

Like I said though in the first status I put up on Facebook within the last few days, if we stopped using social networking altogether, and realised just how technology and social media is throwing our communication skills and respect away, then maybe we would see things in a different light.

As you can imagine, when I wrote those statuses and posted them to Facebook, I was absolutely furious, and I had made sure to make my feelings clear about it because the lack of maturity and communication skills bother me when it comes to talking to someone. Now I know it shouldn’t be something that should bother me, but I would rather keep in contact through technology, but also speak to that person face-to-face and communicate with them in more of a mature way than not at all, because at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing.

RESPECT.

To conclude, I personally believe that technology is throwing our maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I personally believe also that it’s killing the art of communication in the real world, and technology is to blame in certain aspects, but will also be the main reason why maturity becomes worse for those at a young age, because those at a young age are going to end up growing up with a lack of maturity, including a lack of good communication skills, both of which are the two most important key factors of our lives that make us the person we should become, unless we act now.

If we act now by stopping ourselves and everyone else from using any form of technology for some time, maybe, just maybe, we will not only see things in a better light, but we will all see the better person in ourselves if we work hard now to really bring back the art of communication, and give those a better chance of growing up properly.

If you feel that technology is throwing maturity and communication skills out of the window, then please feel free to sound off in the comments below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: January 2016

Well I’ve been quite a busy bee since we all welcomed in 2016 on New Year’s Day, but in the first few weeks of 2016, we have lost some notable icons of the film and music industry. On the 10th January 2016, David Bowie sadly passed away at the age of 69 from liver cancer, just two days after releasing his final album, Blackstar, and just four days after his passing, the Harry Potter actor, Alan Rickman also passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I’ve also just heard the news as of lunchtime that Sir Terry Wogan has sadly passed away today after a short battle with cancer. I must admit, I’m really shocked to hear of his passing, because I didn’t know he had cancer until his death was announced earlier today.

Please accept my sincere apologies if I wasn’t able to publish two tribute articles on both of them this month, it’s mainly been because of the fact I’ve been so busy with the current project that I’ve been on that I’ve had trouble with finding the time to do both of the tribute articles. Please don’t worry too much though, because they are currently being made and are in progress, and hopefully, fingers crossed, I can get them published over the course of February or March, depending on the workload I receive from college. I can promise you that I won’t be leaving them to chance, so I will be making sure to work on them as soon as I get a large amount of time on my hands. I can also promise you that I will be, in light of Sir Terry Wogan’s sudden passing earlier today, writing a tribute article on him to pay my full respects and condolences to him and his family at such a sad time.

To round off what has been a really good, but sad start to 2016, I will be taking a full look-back on the articles published over the course of this month.

1.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang, I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for the New Year, and with a redesigned appearance, I mentioned that Mother Nature had changed its colours to: “accommodate for a maturer appearance, given that Mother Nature has now evolved into more of a presentable appearance.” I also mentioned that I would be doing some housekeeping, as I would be taking down some articles and some pictures to free up the website space for Mother Nature.

I had also mentioned that this news had come as I wanted to get back to my roots fully of doing more photography articles. However, all wouldn’t be lost though, because any articles I would be taking down would have their spaces filled with some new articles, as I wanted Mother Nature to focus more on photography, but also on certain interests, as I don’t want to talk too much about one thing, knowing full well that the whole idea of this website is to be a photography site.

3.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang in terms of photography, I did the first Historical Photographer article for 2016 on Walker Evans, who is the second in the Historical Photographers series that I introduced back in December 2015. In this Historical Photographer article, I would talk about Walker Evans’ life, as well as the timeline of events that unfolded up until his death on the 10th April 1975.

Also on this day, I published an article based on my thoughts about maturity and communication in modern society, as I felt that in modern society, maturity was something that shouldn’t really go amiss, especially in our generation and in this day and age, but when it came to maturity in modern society, among many other areas of life, our generation unfortunately lack almost all of maturity.

6.1.2016 – As I wanted to make sure to keep to my promise of being more productive and by also promising to publish more articles on a frequent basis, I started by doing a topic that would focus on whether the media was responsible for promoting eating disorders and negative body image problems in young people. I did also mention that I would tread very carefully when it came to writing this article, as I knew something like this would be sensitive.

8.1.2016 – As I wanted to refer to studying in general, I decided to talk about study time, and whether a large workload from school, college or even university stressed you out. I mentioned that: “Although I believe study time is crucial, I have known on some, if not, a lot of occasions, that it can be stressful, especially when you’re in school, college or university. Over the course of last year, I did notice how stressful the workload was, because I would get on a number of occasions, a lot of work piled on top of me, which, when deadlines were around the corner, I would sometimes panic about any work that may have not been completed, and in a lot of cases, I would often get stressed out.”

15.1.2016 – As violent video games are overruling modern society and my generation nowadays, given that violence is one of the most controversial subjects to talk about, I thought it was good to create a topic of discussion based on whether you thought violent video games should be banned. In this article, I had made sure to give my reasons for why I felt they should be banned, and how banning violent video games could help to prevent the younger generations of today from being brainwashed into committing violence against those around them. I did keep in mind though that a topic like this one is often touchy, and that I would tread very carefully whilst talking about it.

18.1.2016 – As this is something that is close to my heart, which also often bothers me, vanity has been something that I’ve noticed in the real world. In this article, I wrote about how I’ve heard about all these celebrities who have either had work done or had something enhanced to boost their self-esteem, and the same has happened to some of those who aren’t famous at all, and it really bothered me how vanity could cause someone to change something about themselves when they don’t need to.

23.1.2016 – As gangs are becoming a major problem in modern-day life, I focused this topic of discussion on whether the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people. I did know for a fact that this was something that some people may be too afraid to talk about, but I decided to stand up and speak up about this topic in detail because I would not hide my views on gang culture, as I would make sure to outline in this topic whether I thought the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people.

Also on this day, I published two more articles, one of which focused on my trip up to the Croydon Museum, as the museum contains so much information and research “based on a large number of photographers, as well as certain collector’s items, such as an old-fashioned retro 1950s car.”, while the third article was based on uplifting photo moments, given that I took a photo of Croydon College’s Rotunda, as well as getting a photo with The One Show’s Marty Jopson, who is such a nice guy and so down to earth.

30.1.2016 – With it being in the last couple of years since I last visited, and despite the fact my feet were killing me as a result of going up to London for this trip, I went on a trip up to the Science Museum with my class, and while we were there, I wanted to get some photos of the museum, considering that the last time I went, it had a dramatic overhaul in design, and not only that, but some or most parts of the museum had changed from when I made my first ever visit to the Science Museum.

Also, on the same day that I went up to London with my class for a trip to the Science Museum, we also went to the Natural History Museum to study further for our stop-frame animation project. While we were there, I also took a large number of photos, considering that I took a trip up to the Science Museum. It was also the first time in nearly 15 years since I last visited the Natural History Museum.

As I published both of these articles on this day, I wanted them both to be like a two-part photography article, in other words, a 2-in-1 article.

Thank you so much everyone for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me. I know this month hasn’t been as easy as first thought given that we’ve lost quite a few celebrity icons in the first few weeks, but to David Bowie, Alan Rickman & Sir Terry Wogan, all three of you will be remembered in our hearts forever and you shall never be forgotten.

Again, thank you for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me, and I’ll see you all in February.

Alex Smithson

Topic: Do You Think the Media is Responsible for Making Gang Culture Seem Attractive to Young People?

With gangs becoming a major problem in modern-day life, I want to focus this topic of discussion on whether the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people. I know for a fact that this is something that some people may be too afraid to talk about, but I’m going to stand up and talk about this topic in detail because I won’t and shall not hide my views on gang culture, as I’ll be making sure to outline in this topic whether I think the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people.

If you don’t feel comfortable with this topic, I do sincerely apologise, but I want to make sure to talk in-depth about what I think of the media and whether it is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to the younger generations.

In modern-day life, gangs have been known for creating and causing problems for everyone around them, especially when it comes to one of the main attractions, such as video-games, which have often been known to promote physical and verbal violence for those playing a certain game. The media, however, have also been known for making things a lot worse for people, as certain games, whether they’re digital or not, have been made to look worse for wear, with the end result being that someone ends up either in hospital, with it also being that someone ends up getting killed.

I personally believe that the media are responsible for making things worse, as the younger generations seem to believe that gang culture is attractive to them, when in reality, it is not attractive, let alone mature. The media, from my eyes, is amoral nowadays, because almost everyday now, I hear of a stabbing or a fatal shooting that has occurred either in Croydon or in London, or even elsewhere in that matter, and it’s disgusting behaviour that our generation and the younger generations are showing, and I’m sorry, but we need more police numbers out on the street, because I personally hate the fact that nothing is being done for all of us to be protected.

I know for a fact the police numbers were cut to save money, but if you want to know what I think, I think sod the cost, and just keep our police on the streets, because if it means that our lives are kept under protection, then the more protection there is, the better. I know all of you might think I sound cross as I’m writing this, and to be honest, I am cross about it all because nothing much is being done to keep the crime rates down.

Personally, I feel that nothing is being done to stop these gangs from committing crimes, and I also believe wholeheartedly that the media is just as responsible for making things worse for people, because by them making gang culture seem attractive to young people, this is their way of trying to lure people in, into doing something that they know they shouldn’t be doing. Take this as an example, it’s like they have dangled a carrot in front of a donkey or horse, and expected them to try to eat it. It’s that kind of bad example that is presented to the younger generations nowadays, and it’s sad to see that nothing is being done to stop it from happening.

Before the police numbers were cut, everyone was able to feel safe and feel that they had a sense of security that kept them at arm’s length, but after the police numbers were cut, security is now a major concern, and there’s so many risks of anyone being stabbed to death, and not just that, but with little of security, it will all become too much until someone is shot and killed, and I still go by what I’ve said, sod the cost of police numbers, and just keep our police on the streets, because we all need to be protected and we all need to be given all the security that we need in order for the streets to become safer to walk around again.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing. Ignorance. We can only stop ignorance from occurring by stopping gang culture from growing, and the only way gang culture can stop multiplying is if the police numbers are brought back up, and the only way that gang culture can die out is if we have more security on the streets. It’s not just security we need, but we also need to make sure our health and safety doesn’t become a major concern and that it doesn’t become a massive target for gang culture.

The media can be a twisted, dark and amoral place to be brainwashed, and the only thing I can say is don’t fall into their trap, because you might never get out of it.

If you feel that the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people, and if you believe that the police numbers should go back up, even if it costs too much, then please feel free to feedback your thoughts on what you believe should happen and how we can put an end to gang culture once and for all.

Alex Smithson