ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and is a behavioral disorder that is diagnosed to people who mainly have trouble focusing on one task at a time. While there is scientific basis that having ADD involves a genetic mutation in one’s genes, there is many more factors of acquiring this disorder that must be considered. While certain people may be more susceptible to genetic mutations, the environment plays a large role in determining whether or not these mutations will be expressed. Due to the technological nature of our society, children’s minds are being shaped in an entirely different way. Historically, toddler’s activities included building up blocks, playing with cars, etc. However, today it is not uncommon to see a toddler playing on their parent’s iPad, whether or not there is a child-centered app in use. The devices used today are created so that the user can direct their attention to more than one thing at once. In my opinion, this constant change in direction of thought processes may have severe implications on the developing brains of today’s youth. It is due to the aforementioned that allows for the term “Microwave Generation” become a true and honest description of our culture.
Whether or not today’s youth has clinically diagnosed ADD, it is still prevalent in our society. This is exemplified by the slang, “music-ADD”, which is a common excuse made by teenagers as to why they cannot listen to a full song for its entirety.
Technology has allowed society to move at a much quicker pace than in previous generations, making youth accustomed to moving from fad to fad. The earliest fad I can remember taking part in was Pogs. After Pogs came Crazy Bones, which lead into Pokémon cards, and so forth. As we are a subculture, we constantly subscribe to the newest and greatest thing. As a result of this, myself along with my classmates David Miller, Sean Ryder and Jessica Tessier were inspired to create a parody YouTube video bringing to light the comedy of how quickly trends come in and out of style. The question is: What will happen…Oh! Hey! What’s that!?