Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Screen Psychosis
As much as I remind my children of limited screen time, and complain about their attraction to gadgets and gizmos, I set the poorest example for them.
I see teenagers and adults, texting, browsing the web, or talking on the phone in what used to be physical social settings: restaurants, coffee houses, bars, malls, kids' sporting events, car rides (yes, this is one of the most social spaces of all if you think about it...you're right next to the person)...I watch t.v. shows where kids are weeping because their phones are taken away, or interviews with celebs where their family members are texting in the background!
I wonder what weird psychosis we are instilling in our young children, who are constantly whining for an engrossed-in-the-screen parent to pay attention to them?
I only feel capable of saying this because I am the said parent a lot of the time.
So friends, am I the only one?
Am I over sensitive at the impact our anti-physical social (vs. cyber social), self involved, technology dependent society is having on our young minds?
Should it bug me that my 4 year old would be perfectly content going from the wii, to the t.v., to the computer, to the leapster all day long until bed time? Or how about my 8 year old, who diligently saves his money to purchase an ipod touch when he already has an ipod, dsi, and other gadgets run by batteries?
What do ya think?
at 4:26 PM