Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with technology. It can be educational, time saving, life saving and just plain fun. What does bother me is seeing the amount of people obsessed with it. My kids and I have been out and about quite a lot these school holidays and I’ve loved every moment of it. We’ve been out for breakfast, lunch, walks along the beach, walking through the city and taking our furry friend to the dog park. For almost half of these outings I have left my phone at home however, my son always had his on hand but he didn’t use it.
On one occasion I sat on a bench and watched my girls enjoy themselves in a playground. Kids were laughing, yelling and socialising while 4 out of 5 parents were glued to their mobile phones. This isn’t an example of bad parenting and I’m not judging anyone, but as I watched a painful incident unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe some of us have crossed the line into addiction. Two young boys were on the swings each one trying to go higher than the other, when a little girl toddled towards them. I called out to her mum but she didn’t hear me so I headed over there…just a tad too late, the inevitable happened. The toddler wandered too close behind one of the swings and was knocked backwards, landing on the ground with a sickening thud. That got Mum’s attention.
If you’re thinking it’s none of my business how often people use their phones in public or for what purpose, then you’re right. However, it becomes my business when my children or I are affected by this face to screen behaviour in public, if you are guilty of this and are not paying attention to things because you’re too busy watching or listening to something on a devise, here are a few things to consider and keep in mind. Please use a hands free option on your phone if you’re reversing out of a car space or just put the phone down because the behaviour is dangerous and illegal, if you’re walking through a shopping centre or along a footpath and you must give your attention to your phone because you’re multitasking, then try looking up every now and then to observe your surroundings because people like me have now taken a stand and we’re no longer stepping aside to accommodate your behaviour.
In closing, I ask that you give this a go....put the device away and be present in the moment; play and engage with your kids and make memories, take that time to perhaps connect with yourself or meditate, watch the sunset or simply allow your brain to ‘switch off’ for an hour or so. Focus your attention on something without a screen and you won’t be missing out on anything that’s truly important. You’ll be tuning in to what’s going on around you and the people you are with, which in the end is what matters and life will become far more rewarding.
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