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IMAGINE8 - Mission 8: Playing outside instead of spending time online

How many kids play on a playground instead of sitting infront of their computers these days? More and more children are starting to play online games and chat with their friends via instant messengers. I doubt the numbers will decrease throughout the years since the number of online games increase monthly, sometimes even daily. Kids these days depend on their personal computers and one day they won't be able to live without them.

This online world will expand within the next 100 years. The number of online games will increase infinitely. New types of social networks will be born. People will change from Facebook to other platforms and expand their social connections. There will be new online innovations I can't name yet. These innovations will keep people attached to their online devices. In 100 years, it will be impossible to live without being online and having a computer. Everyone will have online access with their smart phones/devices at any places they want.

But what would happen if electricity stopped for a day or two? Everyone will be cut off not only the online but also the digital world. How will the kids spend their free time if they can't access their online reality anymore? As an elder, I will gather them around and start telling them stories of my childhood. Stories of the games we played without needing a computer, games such as hide and seek, bingo, rope skipping, "Who's scared of the boogeyman" etc. I will teach them how to make a fire with wood and sing songs for them while playing the guitar. I will also read Harry Potter to them, a fictional character who I've grown up with.

This is what I imagine "indigenous" will become in 100 years. The digital and online world will take over almost everything. Children will be born into this world without knowing how to spend their times offline. They're surrounded by hightech machines. And someone needs to tell them that there was once a time when people survived even without having an online access of a computer.

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