London, May 10 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has criticized new forms of technology, such as the iPod and the Xbox.
The leader, while addressing students at Hampton University, Virginia, also pointed out that journalists and news outlets these days have become obsessed with superficial coverage.
"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
He added: "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.
"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."
However, he admitted that world was at a moment of "breathtaking change. We can't stop these changes... but we can adapt to them."
Obama further emphasized on the role of education.
He said: "Education... can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time." (ANI)