Sunday, 27 December 2015

Parents, You Do Know That Buying A Playstation Might Make Your Kids Virtually Disappear For Hours, Days & Even Months!

Perhaps that is the point of it...

Somehow I feel as though the next generation of adults will be some copy of the Stepford wives. All the same and all spaced out. Virtually that is.

If you've ever been around a kid that's playing on a Playstation, good luck trying to get them off it. Turning the Wi-Fi off tends to do the trick. Sadly, often the parents are just as much addicted to their Smartphones and Social Media updates, that they are not so happy to switch of the Wi-Fi!

This virtual disappearing act starts much earlier when they get their own smartphone. Yes, you want your little darlings to be au fait regarding the smart world, but let me tell you, that they know it all already and can swipe circles around you from early on.

In any case, I would be rather sceptical of giving children under 10 their own Smartphone. Health warnings are aplenty and once they have a Smartphone they either keep it close to their body or fall asleep with it next to their pillow. Constant wi-fi waves passing through their developing bodies. Remember, back in the day of that other danger -smoking- the early reports were played down all the time...who's coughing now?

Smartphones are hurting our children...

Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?

But regardless of all of the above, what about the most glaringly obvious side effect of all those virtual childhoods, and most parents these days would be surprised if they actually interact more than an hour a day with their kids in the real, old fashioned way...

Social graces and manners.

" Hallo, thank you, please & goodbye " seem to be a dying breed in our daily life. Never mind a thoughtful" How are you? " and often if you do get one or perhaps even all of them, they are coupled with the eternal downward look. The smart look.

If you could get a glimpse into most modern families with children, you'd see children in their rooms playing anything connected ( all alone ) and parents in the lounge, updating their social status on their smartphone...

Oh, you don't have to point it out to me. I know that I am part of that notorious older generation who says: When I was young... but, honestly, I am just sorry for the children and their constant lack of time to Just be...

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