“Mom! The battery died on my iPad!” Joe looks up. He screams. “Mom! What’s that?” Shaking her head, “Joe, that’s a tree.”
Everywhere we go, kids are seen with their faces glued to the screens of mobile devices. It makes me wonder if they even know that there is a world out there. There is a time and place for these devices, but they should not be used as a substitute for life. Life needs to be lived outside of the screen.
Last week, my son and I were walking through a grocery store. A little girl around the age of 4, was walking behind her mother. That’s normal. What’s not, is the fact that she was walking while playing a game on an iPad. Not one time, that I saw, did she ever look up. She was glued to that screen from one end of the store to the other.
I thought I had seen it all, but I was wrong. The other day, we were driving and went to make a left hand turn onto a side road. Kid you not, there was a man walking across the street, eating pizza, while watching a movie on a mini PC that was being held up by the pizza box.
What is this world coming to? The movie can be watched at home. The games can be played in the car. Because of their addiction to technology, people are missing out on so much. Kids are not even being kids anymore. They’re turning into little zombies.
My son just had a birthday. Yay, I’m older. Ha! He wanted an iPad. I don’t like to disappoint him, but he’s not getting one. He has a computer at home and a little gaming device that he can take on road trips. That’s enough technology, and even that is used with limitations. He has scheduled computer time, and during the rest of the time he draws, builds, and enjoys other typical boy activities. He needs to know that there is a greater world outside of the screen.
Speaking of outside, do kids even play outdoors anymore? When I was growing up, the residential streets were flooded with children riding bikes, skate boarding and playing street hockey. Where are they now? It is rare for us to see children outside playing.
I miss hearing their laughter outside of our window as they run by and roll their toys down the sidewalk. Those are the sounds of childhood; sounds that are rarely heard anymore.
The world is filled with beauty and wonder. It’s all around us. It is a world that should be enjoyed, a world that should be lived.
Yet sadly, it is becoming a world unseen.