I text. I picture send. I do my Facebook mobile and status updates on occasion. But that’s pretty much the extent. I don’t have an iPhone or Blackberry. I don’t do apps. I’m not as tech-illiterate as my parents, but in most teens eyes, I’m probably not that far from them. And I’m OK with that.
While my kids are only 3 and 1, I do have several tween and teen nieces and nephews. And I watch, amazed, the way kids socially interact anymore. It’s like everything is centered around the latest hi-tech device.
I defy you to find a teen these days who is not carrying their cell phone around 24/7. They sit on the couch together. Not talking to each other. Texting each other. Hello????
I feel like the art of conversation is dying right before my eyes. Growing up, I can remember spending HOURS on the phone with my best friend. I’d lay on the kitchen floor with the extra long phone cord and gab gab gab. If I was lucky, I’d be allowed to talk in my parents’ room and actually get some privacy!
Now kids just type away. Instant message. Text. This generation has found a way to have a conversation without it getting in the way of whatever else they may be doing.
And I know what you’re thinking. Just wait till your kids get older. You’ll see. And maybe you’re right. But for now I want to enjoy the actual real conversations I have with my kids. I want to talk to my mom or my sister on the phone and hear a REAL laugh, not just an LOL. And I want my husband to look me in the eye and tell me he loves me, not just text it to me from across the room.