We’ve talked about smartphones and social media before. I found this article interesting. It is written Joshua Straub:
I want to begin with a fun and insightful little quiz.
How old is the iPad?
a. 15 years old
b. 10 years old
c. 5 years old
d. 2 years old
Before you read further, how confident are you with your answer?
If you guessed a, that was 2000. Myspace and Facebook didn’t exist yet.
If you guessed b, that was 2005. Google maps went live for the first time, and not on a cell phone.
If you guessed c, congratulations, that was 2010, the birth year of the first generation iPad. On April 3, we’ll be celebrating its sixth birthday.
When I speak to audiences across the country and ask this question, I find a majority of folks believe the iPad is older than it really is. Did you?
I think it’s because we’ve developed what I call “pre-tech amnesia.” We just can’t remember what life was like before technology.
What’s really creepy about pre-tech amnesia is how willingly we have not only accepted—but also come to develop an intimate trust with—these devices.
Here are just 9 of the creepiest things we do with them:
1. We trust them with our bank accounts.
2. We share pictures of our kids on them.
3. We allow them to not only know, but often tell us, where we go.
4. When we go to bed at night it’s often our last kiss.
5. When we wake up in the morning, we caress and spend time with it before anything or anyone else.
6. They babysit our kids.
7. They accompany us to the toilet.
8. We allow them to interrupt us when we’re with people we love. (We don’t even allow our children to do that.)
9. We have a panic attack when we can’t find them.
I’m convinced if we paid the same amount of emotional energy and attention to our spouse that we do our phones, we would eradicate divorce.
I use the pronoun “we” in each of these scenarios because I’m just like you. Though we have fairly strict limits in our home, the human tendency is to move toward the device, not away from it.
With the upcoming celebration of the iPad’s sixth birthday, these devices are still in their relative infancy. And yet, as a society, they own us.
This voracious appetite for such inanimate objects is no doubt influencing how our kids will—or will not—relate. Shallow lives lead to shallow relationships. That’s why the promise of the next generation is found in us, the parents who decide not to allow these devices to own them—or their kids.
If you’re a parent ready to jump on this bandwagon, join Christi and I in taking a 24-hour weekly fast from your devices. We begin at Saturday sundown and end at Sunday sundown.
Besides, anything you can’t fast from, owns you.
Don’t be owned.
Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, and president and co-founder of the Connextion Group, a company designed to empower parents and families.