Life … Plugged

When I was a kid, science fiction included Dick Tracy’s wristwatch/radio. The idea is that old … but very much new in today’s world. Watches, glasses, bluetooth connectivity to almost everything, smart phones, larger than life televisions … and the list goes on.

1972336_670761249649083_1727935735_nMy, how times have changed.

I have to say, I may not understand all this technological advancement, but I do enjoy most of it. It does have a down side, though.

The other day, my eight year old granddaughter was on her tablet with earphones plugged into her ears. My 10 year old grandson was upstairs playing a video game. My 13 year old granddaughter was multitasking, texting on her smart phone and following Facebook or Instagram or some other social media while listening to music on her laptop. Even my son was clicking on his smart phone. I was watching a Tivo-ed episode of CSI: Los Angeles.

It struck me. We were all in the same room (or at least nearby) but nary a word was spoken.

How sad.

Our family unit is not unique. Look around. Everyone is plugged into something and unplugged from interaction. I understand tablets or entertainment on long trips, but kids {and unfortunately, many adults} are missing the beauty of the landscape and journey and even the petty arguments of travel.

This generation, I think, doesn’t comprehend the ramifications of social media. Most people, I don’t think, really care if a poster is “feeling bored” or about their vacation pictures {unless it’s a really close friend of relative}, or photos of cute or creepy cats and dogs {although I never bore of cool cars} or the weather in southern California or the endless “forward” messages. And, yet that’s what shows up day after day.

I’m just as guilty. While I use my computer mainly for work, I tend to wander the Internet and/or Facebook and/or WordPress way too much. I don’t use my smart phone as much as others, but I do find it handy on long trips for Pandora or I Heart Radio or Radio Pup. I don’t do a lot of texting or messaging unless I have something important to either say or respond to. Otherwise it’s just a phone.

I would like to see age appropriate timers on all electronic devices. Excluding homework, say eight hours a week for an eight year old; 10 hours for a 10 year old or 13 hours for a 13 year old. When time is up, the youngsters will have to figure out something else to do … like interact or go outside and play.

That’s my two cents. What do you think?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Life is like photography, what you lack in exposure, you can make up in development.

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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4 Responses to Life … Plugged

  1. Kathleen says:

    Timers!! An excellent idea!

  2. Very timely message….even The Creature (who is 5) loves playing toddler games on her parents’ iphones. But her parents and the human only allow it as a reward for keeping a respectful attitude and listening to her teachers. And even then her time is limited and timed.

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