Last week we went to the girls school for Parent/Teacher conferences. When we got there - the teacher was in another conference so we hung out in the hallway and waited until she was done. There were kids in pairs sitting in the hallway waiting for their parents too, so my kids weren't the only ones there. There were at least 6 other kids there and each child was either on a tablet or an iphone or an ipod or some kind of hand held technology device.
I hate technology and what it has done to children and eventually the people that these children will become. I hate the fact that you have young men and women breaking up over text message. I hate that people will actually say to you, don't call me, I never answer my phone, just text me. I hate that I will be talking to someone and they will pick up their phone and start texting while we are talking. I am angry that people think that technology teaches children so many wonderful things that they are willing to throw all kinds of tablets and hand held devices at their children but then all they do is watch videos and play games and avoid the "educational" parts of these items. I hate that homework can be done online and that 5th graders are being taught social media "etiquette". Whatever that means.
Don't get me wrong - I had a tablet and I took it on the treadmill to exercise and I got really clumsy and threw it in the air and it shattered all over the garage. I have a smart phone but I handle text messages like I handle phone calls. Take them when you can and sometimes you just set it down and have a nice time. And sometimes (when the kids aren't around) I text a lot. But I get to do that because I'm a grownup. And someday when my kids are grownups they can have their own smartphones and do whatever they want with them.