No electronics when we hang out as a family. That is our rule in our family and it is very strictly adhered to.
I get very sad when I see a family together out in the world and while we are goofing around with each other, they all have their faces lit up by the blue light of their electronics and no one is talking to each other. I know it is a fact of life in our world now, but I have serious concern about what this is teaching our children in terms of communication skills and being with other people.
Many of the kids I meet today seem more able to interface with a machine than with other kids and when they do meet other kids, electronics becomes the central theme.
I have no research to cite right now, but when I see horrible crmes perpetrated by kids in the news, that seem to have no humanity to them whatsoever, I cannot help but wonder about this. When someone acts more like a machine than a person, that isn't something that is inborn. For kids who play point of view shooting games with no real consequence, where the killing is random and fast, it just seems there could be a connection there. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so.
I am happy that there do seem to be a growing number of families I am encountering now who are rejecting this and requiring more old fashioned kinds of activities that involve being with other people without electronics. Electronics have definitely been a help to modernize our lives. I just think that we need some balance with more humanness and communication through face to face and person to person contact.
Let me know what you think and if you agree with me here or maybe you don't and you think that electronics are the best thing ever. Let me know:
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