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6 Tech Trends Defining the YouTube Generation

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The ‘YouTube’ generation is generally defined as children under 12 years of age who spend more of their time watching videos on this platform than actually watching television. After all, ‘television’ watching is what their parents do, and that’s just not cool anymore.

With every technological advance or change there are trends that begin to develop. Some happen relatively quickly while others can happen over a longer stretch of time. Here are 6 tech trends that are actually defining the YouTube generation.

Trend #1: Screens are getting smaller.

Have you noticed that? When YouTube was new, the screens most people could watch it on was a computer monitor. Today it can be view on smartphones and even watches. The screens are getting smaller which means kids are …

Trend #2: … Spending more time close to the screen.

That’s right, kids hold their tablets, iPhones, and other tech devices closer to their face when watching YouTube videos or even playing games. This trend could very well have repercussions later on in life, though it’s unclear just how bad it is for kids to be spending this much time so close to screens.

Trend #3: More emotional investment in brands.

Kids today are more closely aligned with certain brands because they have a more intimate relationship with ads or programs some of those manufacturers create. For example, Disney has continued to expand its empire by creating programs kids love, and those actors or characters grow up with those children, and it’s easier for the YouTube generation to stay in touch with those characters.

Trend #4: Robots, robots, robots.

Robots are now the ‘in’ thing to own. Whether it’s a drone or a small programmable and fully controllable robot, kids can have these gadgets because they are far more affordable than ever before.

Trend #5: Casual gaming.

The generation before the YouTube generation became known as hard core gamers. They took to their video game consoles and played for hours, often competing with friends to get the highest score or reach the highest level. Today’s YouTube generation has a tendency to be more casual with regard to their gaming experience. They simply don’t feel as compelled to be devoted to any particular game.

Trend #6: Virtual creativity.

During their parents’ generation, making things meant actually cutting out paper, gluing things together, and having something tangible to hold. Today’s generation of children can still do that, but they also have more access to technology and that means they can create their own worlds digitally and virtually. Minecraft is a perfect example of this trend. Whether it is actually benefitting children or not is yet to be seen, though some child psychologists believe these activities can harbor some great benefits, when used in moderation.

What will the next few years bring with regard to tech trends and the young generations growing up today? Only time will truly tell, but if the YouTube generation is any indication, the sky could very well be the only limit (and that may soon find its barrier blown completely free).


3 Tech Gadgets All Cyclists Will Want

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If you’re an avid cyclist, you might not think much about technology, aside from aerodynamics and keep your helmet as safe as possible. However, many different technological innovations have been incredibly beneficial for cyclists through the years.

Now there are even more coming on the market that has some cyclists drooling with anticipation. After all, the more comfortable, safer, or more enjoyable a ride through town, the countryside, or along city streets can be, it would be well worth it.

Wireless Turn Signal

Yes, cyclists are supposed to use hand signals whenever coming upon a turn or when stopping. Not many do this anymore unless they know there are cars behind them or coming the opposite way. It can be a dangerous situation in city driving taking a hand off the handlebar to signal, which is why wireless turn signals are a great asset.

Not only do these LED signals provide visual cues to drivers behind the cyclist, but they also emit a loud beep to indicate that the rider is going to be making a turn. That can help grab just about anyone’s attention to what’s ahead for them.

These wireless turn signals are positioned under the seat so drivers can easily see them and they are controlled by a small button by the handrail, allowing the rider to remain safely in control at all times.

GPS Turn by Turn Navigation

There are a few different brands, but Hammerhead is one of the elite. This is a GPS device that will tell cyclists to turn by turn where they need to go, whether they’re just out for a 40-mile ride on a Saturday or trying to reach a particular destination. There’s no reason to look around and try to figure out what street is coming up and whether or not they have to turn, get into the left portion of the lane, or put themselves in harm’s way because they’re not sure where the next turn is.

By relying on technology that sits right in the center of the handlebars, the rider can see the lights indicating the next turn. It can even integrate with certain cycling apps.

The Siva Cycle Atom

For those cyclists that want to bring along powered devices, such as a smartphone or the GPS above navigation system, the Siva Cycle Atom is a device that connects to the bicycles axle and generates power. Connecting devices to it are easy via the USB port.

It also comes with a charging battery, so if the cyclist didn’t want to charge anything (or deal with the hassle of tying anything down) while riding, they could charge it when they reached their destination. This might not seem like a great innovation, considering you can charge devices from almost anywhere now, but many cyclists enjoy riding into the middle of nowhere. Trying to rest and relax and still keep in touch with loved ones may not be possible if that phone or other device runs out of battery.