Just a random thought I had while having dinner outside on Sunday night with my family. Remember those days when we were young and the Internet was not a huge deal like it is now? I used to spend majority of my time outside running around, playing basketball or biking, and I used to think that was fun. There wasn’t social networking, the only social networking for kids to have was to either pick up a HOUSE PHONE and call your friends to go out and play, or to literally walk to their house and knock on their door. I can probably say I lived a healthy childhood and getting my exercises on a daily basis because there was no FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, and smart phones to play with. So why am I mentioning this?
Sunday night I was having dinner with my family and family friends, and there was this kid about 12 years old playing an IPad, and he also had an IPhone 5s. I asked his mother if the phone or IPad was hers, and she said no it was her sons. WHAT KIND OF 12 YEAR OLD NEEDS AN IPHONE AND IPAD…?!?!?!?! This generation of kids are so corrupted and spoiled to the point where it is getting outrageous! After the kid finished eating, he just sat there and played with his IPad for the remainder of the dinner. I remember when I was his age, and I finished dinner I would go run around the restaurant and hear my mom scream “don’t run! you’re going to get a stomachache”. But this kids mother was so calm as she sat and chatted away with my family knowing as long as the kid has his IPad, he won’t be running to anywhere.
Soon after we all finished eating, the kids IPad ran out of battery (ha-ha). It was then, I realized how spoiled this kid actually was. He started screaming at his mom to charge his IPad, tears started falling down his cheeks and all sorts of chaos just began. His mom told him to play on his IPhone, but noooooo, kid didn’t want to because the screen wasn’t big enough for his game.
So to conclude my story, yes social networking and technology is very helpful. Parents should really consider purchasing these kind of stuff for their kids at a young age, it is clearly ruining their childhood at a significant pace. When they grow up and think back to their childhood, there won’t be running around with friends, kicking a empty pop can down the street with friends and laughing, or playing basketball. The only thing that will remain in their childhood memory is passing a level in Angry Bird.
What a shame…..