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I’m on the older end of the Gen-Y spectrum, so I didn’t get a cell phone ’til I was 15. My little cousins, fresh-gen-Y-ers, had cell phones before they’d lost all their baby teeth. But, both me and Livy, my 13-year-old cousin, are in the same generation. Even so, I vaguely remember what it was like to do life without a cell phone, but Livy will never even be able to imagine that world.
Necessities change with the world we live in. And, I don’t view my cousin as “more spoiled than I was” because when I was 13, the planet didn’t depend on cell phones. The kids in my class would go to the office when they needed to call mom for a change of clothes. But, with the surge of new technology came a new way of doing things, and people had to adjust.
If my grandma were making a list of her top necessities, I’d guess her list would include…1. Metal nail file, diet coke, her Bible, her little clips and kerchief that she uses to set her pin curls every night, stationary, stamps, and her kitchen TV? My dad’s would be… his running shoes, dental floss, gun and cigars.
What about mine? What about yours? We Millennials have a different set of needs. And it’s not because we’re spoiled (well, some of us are). It’s because we live in a culture that requires us to be tech-dependent. Our “needs” are things that our grandparents don’t even know how to turn on.
I couldn’t do life without my iPhone and iPad. That’d be about all on my list – because everything else I need…can be found on those.
So, what is our bloated government going after now? Our phones. One of the White House’s first goals seemed to be making sure everyone had a smart phone. People who couldn’t afford smart phones were able to get them on the government’s dime (your dime).
So, what’s Uncle Sam’s next move? Just his favorite thing in the world. Tax! The White House wants to tax phone usage and use the tax dollars to hook up public schools with high-speed internet.