So I went home this weekend and like my family always does, we visited a couple of family friends just to eat and hang out. Normally, I would’ve played a game of tag or hide and seek with the kids, or, if they were too tired, a game of Monopoly or Scrabble. I was the oldest one there and so the responsibility of keeping the younger kids busy was up to me. However, what I walked into was not a group of children who wanted to be active and social, but a group of children who solely wanted to play games on their parents’ phones.
A friend of mine, who is currently a junior in high school, went up to her mom, complaining about how her younger brother, who is only eight years old, and how he kept trying to take her phone so he could play games. Shocked, I tried to convince him to play with the other kids, but to no avail.
It was difficult to see this, but I saw the harsh reality of technology and what it’s done to people. Although I appreciate technology and how useful it is, I hate seeing young kids playing with iPhones and Galaxys rather than seeing them play outside. I think it takes away from their childhood to the point where they are so engrossed in technology that the way they grow up will be so much different from the way I grew up. Even though I wish things would change, I know that this is the sad truth.