While it is true that cellphones and the internet have greatly improved communication in that we can instantly connect with just about anyone at any part of the world where there’s a signal, such have also changed the way we communicate with people around us.
It seems that the more connected we are to more people around the world, virtually through social media, the less connected we are with the people who are physically near us.
Have you noticed how people at restaurants and other public places are often engrossed on their phones, communicating with the rest of the world while ignoring those around them!
But such has a huge impact on children, especially if they are always ignored by their parents who spend more time on their mobile phones than with them.
This harsh reality was shared by a teacher who told her students to write an essay about an invention that they wish had never been created. Four out of her twenty one students chose the mobile phone as the invention they didn’t want because their parents spend more time on the phone than with them.
“I don’t like the phone because my [parents] are on their phone every day. A phone is sometimes a really bad [habit]. I hate my mom’s phone and I wish she never had one…” the student wrote.
Feeling heartbroken about her students’ answers, Jen Adams Beason shared one of the essays on her Facebook account. She admonished parents for spending more time on their phones, telling them to put down the phones and spend more time with their children instead.
What’s sad is that this situation is not just limited to Beason’s students. In fact, the post immediately went viral because other teachers and children said they can easily relate with the situation.
“We had a class discussion about Facebook and every single one of the students said their parents spend more time on FB [than] they do talking to their child. It was very eye opening for me,” another teacher, Abbey Fauntleroy, wrote.
Are we really spending more time on our phones than with our kids? This should be a wakeup call for us all…