Everywhere I go, I see kids glued to their smart phones, tablets, ipads and what else. Even a short trip to a grocery store justifies a need to play while mom shops.
Many children meet at dance studios, at the gym or the pool, wait for their siblings and then, what I see is that each one of them is using their own device to play instead of playing together the old-fashioned games kids used to enjoy. Why is it so?
I understand that there is no way you can completely shelter them from the influx of modern technology and lifestyle but it seems to me that we are raising a technology obsessed generation that won’t value the simple joys of being with other people. One thing to play a video game at home when you are bored and another is to be plugged in non-stop even when there are people around you, experiences to be observed, conversations to be had. Instead of learning how to honor different opinions kids learn how to text and limit their relationships to short messages often full of misspelled words. The most amazing to me is the fact that they often choose to communicate with friends that are absent rather than these that are standing next to them.
It seems that boredom is considered a bad thing, something that has to be avoided and thus they need to use any entertainment that is available. Today with our smart phones even when we are on the move we don’t spare a second just to digest and absorb what has happened to us, we rather play another game. At the end of the day, we missed on possibilities to grow our friendships, have a friendly conversation or just have a minute to oneself to reflect…