I love everything about technology except how it's passing me by. As a proud member of Generation X, I tend to embrace all things pop culture including social media. Yet, interestingly enough, I am also intensely loyal. So while I was the first to sign up for a smart phone I’m still toting around a six year old Blackberry.
In other words, I’m super proficient in outdated technology.
Even as a child I would have wanted a cell phone. Especially when my parents forgot to pick me up after Girl Scout Troop 989’s cookie rally. But back then parents
didn’t give kids cell phones, they gave them quarters. Sadly for me I couldn’t
locate a payphone and so I sat abandoned, forlorn, fingering my worthless
This will never happen to my kids because they have their own phones. Quarters, of
course, would be a much cheaper albeit unrealistic option.
Funny thing about cell phones; teenagers don't use them to actually talk to people.
Communicate? Yes. But talk? Not so much. My kid, and every other kid with a
device, spends more time staring down at their screen than they do in actual,
real life conversation.
Think I’m exaggerating? My last cell phone bill said my kids sent over 10,000 texts
in one billing cycle. I’m starting to believe I could pick my kids out of a line up based on the tops of their heads alone.
I don’t know about you but this is not why I gave my kids a phone.