I’m not a massive fan of the humor/satire site The Onion, but an older video from their site recently made its way to my Facebook timeline – and I was thinking that could easily be me (maybe without a discussion on euthanasia of course). The surgical attachment of devices to the hands of my teen-aged girls – is this the next great debate? Or a sign of the times?
From The Onion archive story tells the story Caitlin Teagirt a 13-year old who is reduced to simply rolling her eyes and grunting because of digital addiction.
To be fair to 15.5 and 13.5 – I am perhaps guilty too of being over connected (but that’s also how I pay the bills). But at this point, it’s generally easier for me to communicate with my kids via text – or if I really want to capture attention Snapchat. Shame on me for getting to this point.
At the same time, I also see technology is the equivalent of making phone calls and gathering up with my friends when I was their age. For both girls, there is a constant flow of group texts, group Snaps and group Chats – it’s not a lack of socialization.
To me the issue is the dynamic within the house – and the rolling eyes and the ever-present mobile phones. It’s an uphill battle and one I’m not entirely sure I want to take on – after all I’m not contemplating euthanasia and it’s not getting in the way of the important aspects of home life.
When thinking about the question of if it’s the next great debate, or just a sign of the times – I’ll fall to the latter and accept the present.