“It’s only after we’ll allow ourselves a break from the dependency on digital attractions is when we can liberate an entertaining, exciting and purposeful seeding of a very useful faculty, called ‘creativity’.”
‘The 90s kids’, as we love to be called, are as though the representatives of two antipodean culture. Remember the glorious days of school, when recreational activities meant joining an English-speaking course or some music, dance class! An assignment on fruits, vegetables, famous personalities, and monuments meant buying those 1 or 2 rs (INR) Charts from the stationery and doing school projects meant: ‘Find relevant books. Read. Underline what’s relevant. Find more old books and magazines. Cut pictures. Buy a project file. Write. Paste pictures. Decorate the file.’
Many of us who have undergone this painstaking process of literally creating projects, taking help from a multitude of books, magazines, and newspapers was because we hardly had another choice! This was a time, though not so long ago when resources weren’t so readily available or simply at our fingertips. Vacations, then, were the only source of entertainment and non-availability of fancy electronic gadgets contributed to working without the aid of the internet.
Kids today live in an environment where every information, every idea is just a click away. School/college projects now mean taking coloured 3D printouts of the information found on Google. As the internet has become the go-to place for finding creative ideas in all areas of work and life, are we missing on the true fun of being creative?
I would like to share a small anecdote relating to my best friend, who also happens to be the class teacher in one of the elite schools of Delhi, India. She was sitting annoyed, murmuring to herself. While I thought she has had a fight with her boyfriend, what had really happened was she had got a call from a parent asking if their kid can wear the PT dress to school as all her other uniforms were gone for laundry! Another time the management of their school put forth a suggestion that the syllabus of class 1 students must first be approved by parents on WhatsApp. Sure, WhatsApp is meant to bring people closer, but is this culture of creating professional groups on WhatsApp choking our freedom? ‘Or are these just some perks of being a class teacher?’
The scholarly views suggest that children when left to solitary and boredom, find an impressive rescue in creating something extraordinary. But with digital media as a forever friend, already at their rescue against boredom or class assignments, they hardly have time to indulge in creative thinking or deeply thinking the world’s greatest creations. The point is, are we yet ready to unbind ourselves and our younger generation from the addiction that the internet has caused us?
It’s only after we’ll allow ourselves a break from the dependency on digital attractions is when we can liberate an entertaining, exciting and purposeful seeding of a very useful faculty, called ‘creativity’.