I met a friend at the movies tonight and she has four boys. Yes, I do bow down and kiss the ground she walks on for handling this with grace and humor. We were talking about how inundated our children are with technology 24/7. IM, texting, facebook, cell phones and computers all seem to have taken the place of actual conversations between human beings. The kids are tethered together by battery powered umbilical cords instead. My son will text his friends when he needs something, and on the rare occasion he actually calls them, it usually ends up in voicemail. The kids don’t pick up as it just interrupts important things like Guitar Hero or raiding the refrigerator for the fourth time today. But no one takes this personally, except the moms.
I saw evidence that this is not a generational malaise at dinner the other night. I was sitting with some other moms when we all noticed a dad laser focused not on his kids in front of him, but on his crackberry the ENTIRE dinner. Not one word was exchanged at the table, but the kids must have been used to this as they came prepared with workbooks to entertain themselves during dinner. It was one of the saddest things I have ever seen. I am afraid technology has become a common dinner companion these days and one day in the future, we can tell our grandchildren, balanced on our virtual knee, as we LOL, how in the olden days, people actually, what was that word again? Oh yes, “talked” to one another. So what do you think. Do we need to step away from technology or is it a necessary evil?
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