I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Having information, entertainment, and connection at your fingertips 24/7 is SO convenient. And so addictive. I can’t stop picking up my phone. It’s a problem.
It’s not only the phone. What did couples do after dinner before television was invented? I know other things such as laundry and cooking and cleaning took more time back in the day, plus people had a bajillion kids, so there most likely wasn’t a lull in the evening needing to be filled back then.
I just hate not knowing what to do without it. I really feel for kids who have never known life without screens. We had a Computer Lab in elementary school where we played Oregon Trail for half an hour every other week. That was it. After school we played outside for hours and used our imaginations and got dirty. I wouldn’t trade any of that for a tablet full of games and Kid YouTube channels.
Remember whining “I’m bored!” to your mom and then she’d say “I’ll give you something to do” and then getting out of there as fast as you could before you had to do work? We figured it out. I read, or I went to find a friend at the tot-lot. We did watch a fair amount of t.v., but that got boring after awhile. Nowadays, as a parent, it’s easy to give into tablet time or Bringing up Bates (Audrey’s favorite show. It’s my fault. I was watching it first). I don’t let her stay on screens for long, though. It’s not good for her. It’s not good for any of us.
I’m taking a three-day weekend. From social media for sure. There may be a movie or two because Ben and I are Cleaning Out the Shed this weekend and we’re going to be tired and probably not up for anything that doesn’t involve laying on the couch. Maybe I’ll get around to filling the photo albums I bought a couple months ago. Maybe I’ll plant some flowers. Maybe I’ll just sit outside and drink some coffee and think my own thoughts without “Frasier ” on in the background.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Have a great weekend, friends!