Best Argument: Slaves
Audience Favored: Slaves (83%)
Every generation changes the society
In her opening arguments, my esteemed opponent mentioned that the "next generation [may lack] necessary social skills." It could be that skills within digital relationships in the future end up being as important or more important than the sorts of real-life relationships that we generally have today.
Charlie raises some fantastic points in her rebuttal, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to debate this topic with her. We just don't know how society is going to change, and we've never known that throughout all of human history.
But we do know that every young generation -- whether the current lot, those who grew up in the 1960s, or who grew up in the 1860s -- they always change the society that they grow up in. If nothing else, we need to understand that change. One of the challenges is that this change, becauses it is technological in nature, will be very fast.
The problem with smartphone dependency
Children are slaves to mobile technology due to the social network and connections such devices offer.
As social creatures, being without support networks is a painful thing -- especially for children as they grow up. If you hand a mobile device to a child and extend this network, then removing it can cause elements of panic or rage as you are cutting away at this support. Whether in the classroom, at home or on a family outing, having given a child a smartphone at an early age, you can't expect them to surrender devices without a fight.
Problems associated with smartphone dependency will likely come to the front as new generations grow up with this technology. For now, however, as a former teacher I believe they can contribute to a lack of concentration and social awareness; although possible to remedy, these are afflictions that we have put in place by giving the younger generation such technology at earlier and earlier stages.
Charlie gets the win
The winner of this debate hands down went to Charlie Osborne. Matt Baxter-Reynolds had a case to make, but just didn't make it with his answers. However, Matt's performance wasn't nearly as bad as the crowd vote suggests. Although it pains me to go with the crowd, Charlie gets the win. Now I'm going back to my smartphone and 140 character brain farts.