The same kind of situation happened when my daughter and her friend were eating. I normally make my kids put their devices away during family dinners, but since we were eating in shifts I didn’t make an issue of it. I noticed that the girls weren’t really eating. Instead they were fixated on the friend’s iPad, watching a movie on Netflix. This makes me sad. Not in the distraught kind of way, but a longing for the olden days. The time when technology didn’t occupy every waking minute.
I’m guilty of being plugged in too much myself. I don’t read before I go to bed. Instead I squint and read articles on my phone in the dark. Now I’ve written a post before about ‘Dear Abby’ and criticized her advice. Yet I still read her column more so for entertainment than infotainment. And I must say it’s quite sleep-inducing. This was the one I read last night:
agree that most children should pay attention to the event at hand, as the
mother of two children on the autism spectrum, I have a different perspective.
There are apps and games designed to keep these children occupied and help
them deal with the stress and anxiety of being in a large group of people. I should not have to leave my sons at home because they are on the spectrum, so a harmless, quiet game that allows them to participate without being disruptive is
a godsend to me. Sometimes it is not obvious why someone is doing something; so as long as it isn't disrupting the event, please try to be tolerant. -- LAURA IN PENNSYLVANIA
(The full post: http://news.yahoo.com/kids-39-handheld-electronics-may-more-fun-games-050116550.html)
Happy Friday! (Err…not. The kids are home.)