Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Gadgets....WORSE That Color TV!
Of course they are becoming *addicted*. Our whole society (under age 40) is!
And parents have NO CLUE how bad this is - developmentally speaking.
Gadgets deprive earthlings of the all-important ability to entertain themselves.
And they are worse than color TV on account of *portability*.
Last week my jaw dropped and my eyes popped out of my skull as I witnessed a relative put their 2-YEAR OLD into bed with an iPad.
Imagine a 2020 version of Tom Hanks in Cast Away...
He dies on a deserted tropical island, not from starvation or injury....but from torturous *techno gadget withdrawal*. He can't tweet, update his HeadBook status, text, or kill any virtual Angry Birds!
He dies pathetically from flailing a la a mouse in a glue trap. Y'all realize that's how little rats die, right?
To disengage from this dependency, and I know it seems tough, parents might want to borrow from Tony Robbins. They might find it helpful to redefine the mental metaphor. Maybe think that every time they let their kids play video games it's akin to having them drink a glass of vodka or something?