And here we are again, for the finale of this epic series of my educated ramblings. While the saying may go: Leave the best for the last, this is most definitely not the case this time. For today, for the last and final time I will ever research anything before rambling, I present to you.
Post Prelude Prelude
So unlike the three weeks before this, I won’t be recapping what was covered on the past three posts, but being that the title of the post is ‘The Final Fourth’ I am very much inclined to tell you that this is the fourth in the series and while it has been built as individual adventures, it would be most nice if read in sequence.
The Online Shopping Dilemma
With entertainment, communication, and education out of the way. We arrive on the topic of spending online, a topic in which I am both ashamed of and yet strangely well versed in, but lets start from the beginning. With much of society being integrated with the interwebs, one of the inevitability’s is the ability to spend your money online. This process was created and popularized with the pioneer companies such as Ebay and Amazon is 1995 and 1994 respectively, and the number of ways that one can do online shopping has only increased.
And as with most of other developments from the internet, society has shifted to meet it. Avenues of online payments have sprung up here and there, from prepaid cards gift cards, to an all in one paying service (Paypal), and even the invention of a whole new currency. All that however, will take a backseat to debit cards, also known as the instrument of excessive teenager spending in today’s world.
The Instrument Of Losing Money
Much of the online shopping avenues currently have a very devious function which allows the user to lock in their credit/debit card details, making the whole process of spending much easier than ever before. While this is amazingly convenient and makes the whole process a one off thing, this may be one of the most ambiguous subjects of them all. Unlike the three other posts where I wholeheartedly feel that it has positively impacted youth culture, I feel that internet shopping has actually been detrimental to teenagers, myself included.
When I interviewed parents of teenagers who have debit cards, all of them save for one stated that they felt their child’s use of debit cards for online transactions was a negative thing. One particularly concerned parent even added:
The whole internet payment thing has made kids undervalue money, (be)cause to them it’s all just numbers on a screen.The don’t grasp the real value of it.
As a teen who has faced this issue before, I can attest to how seemingly easy it is to lose track of money when it is made so convenient. Spending shifts from a time consuming hunt for the best product to a quick search and a click of a button.
It ain’t that bad? (Is it?)
Of course, while internet shopping has had a bad impact on teenagers, it is by no means a bad thing. After all, when looking at it effects on the general population rather than just teenagers, it actually has opened up a convenient avenue for one to be able to purchase from an international selection of products regardless of location. So while internet shopping is still considerably well accepted as a innovation, that does not translate well for teenagers.
Closing up shop
And thus concluding both this blog and the four posts behind it, I think that the internet has truly been able to impact youth culture in various aspects. From entertainment, to communication, to education, and even how they spend their money. All these things as a whole has impacted this generation of teenagers on levels beyond the surface, and will continue to do so as the landscape of the internet shifts. After hours upon hours of research, all it has done is reaffirm my belief that the internet is indeed a wonderful thing, with only minor bumps along the long road.
This has been flaming, talking, totem pole Wey Kean, signing off.