Can you imagine living in the house where every room has a big screen TV, a computer (preferably a gaming one), an I-pad, a tablet and a smart phone? Imagine yourself lying on a comfy coach, drinking some chemical-induced liquid, while being entertained by the hilarious U-tube videos. If one device goes out of charge, you can just grab another one. By the way, can someone also work on making them recharge automatically, so that you don’t have to worry about sticking the cord back into the outlet? Lifting your butt from the coach takes away a valuable time from watching U-tube – inexcusable. What all these geek dudes in Silicon Valley are doing? They need to get their priorities straight.
Staring at TV while playing a video game on your laptop is not easy, but with perseverance and determination you can make it possible. Multitasking is a mandatory skill for your future success. You can even acquire new friends and learn to socialize; and all of it without getting up from the coach. Isn’t it efficient? See; electronics are not bad for you. They provide you with a lot of information and an essential skill set. Without it we would be stuck in the dark ages, where people had to read books, go for pointless walks and talk to each other – by talking I mean actually saying words. It’s not cool, mom, not cool.
Homework? Oh, yea. But I need to finish watching this first – only another 30 minutes. Review for the test? I can always do it on the bus, or at my lunch period – it won’t run away, will it? Plus I know everything anyway. And this episode may not be running tomorrow.
The house is quiet, except for occasional bursts of laughter and requests for food. After hard day at work, isn’t it every parent’s dream? Do I really want to start arguing with my kids over it, scream (they can’t hear otherwise-earphones), threaten, negotiate, possibly compromise? All other kids are doing it, and their parents don’t make a big fuss over it. Why do I have to stress myself out? I’ve allowed them to purchase these devices after all.
I honestly don’t have an answer to this question. Academy of Pediatrics does:” Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. In addition, the Internet and cell phones can provide platforms for illicit and risky behaviors.” However, my kids are good students, not in danger of obesity, and don’t engage in risky behaviors (at least not that I know of). So, by the method of contradiction, I don’t have to worry about it.
But every single day I engage in a fierce fight with these rectangular, flashy, seemingly harmless objects; and even if I conquer an hour or more, I declare a victory. Some of my achievements in this area also include no TVs in the bedrooms, no electronics at the table and a time limit on computer/video games. “So, what do you, evil, wicked, borderline abusive woman want from your poor children?” you may ask. I want an impossible; I want them to prefer reading books to watching TV, going outside to U-tube, playing board games to Minecraft; and ,most importantly, talking to their mother to all of the listed above. In my simple, unscientific motherly heart I believe that there are more to experiencing life than electronics. I am 100% certain that you can learn more from real people than from U-tube experts; that kids’ should be taught to solve the problems, and deal with the issues in a real life environment; and that sitting in front of the screen for long periods of time is harmful in general. I know I am not getting everything I want; I will take what I can.