June 14, 2019
So recently I was sitting down the street from the park when a dad & his kid started arguing in front of me. The boy looked 9 or 10, "DAD I DON'T want to go. I want to go back!!!" The 2 of them went back & forth, the boy refusing to go to the park because he wanted to stay home. The dad repeated that he needs to get out of the house & not be cooped up watching tv/playing games. The dad had this face of disappointment, looked like he was thinking, damn, how did I let this happen? That same hour I came home to my 2 year old twin nephews watching a YouTube video on the phone. I said super enthusiastically, "Do you guys wanna PLAY TOGETHER?!" Usually they both get stoked on this question, this time only 1 nephew said "YEAH!!!" and immediately came to me. My other 2 yr old nephew was completely absorbed in the phone. I asked repeatedly, "are you SURE you don't want to play with us?" He repeatedly said no.
It breaks my heart to see how many people in my generation are addicted to phones. Addicted to a TV screen. But it breaks my heart even more that my 2 year old nephew insists on staring at a phone screen over playing. There's so much long-term damage going on here, I wish more people realized it..
I'm not saying never watch TV or never let your kids (that'd be healthy though). I am saying that our society has an incredibly problematic and detrimental addiction to media. Were humans. Our bodies weren't meant to lie in bed watching Netflix all day. There is SO much greatness our bodies can do, why stay scrolling on a phone, staring at a screen for hours at a time? Thers's a whole world out there and a whole lifetime to take advantage of, why stay within the same 4 walls for so much of it? At least, please, keep kids off the phones and on the playgrounds.