I love technology. . . too much I’m beginning to think.
Between my iPad, iPod, iMac, and other like devices, a growing portion of my day is spent consuming content of one variety or another. In itself this is not a bad thing. This is where I get my news, stay in touch, and other useful activities. But I’ve run into a couple of problems.
First, my children are starting to think I play a lot of games. An honest mistake since their experiences with personal computing revolve around games and PBS Kids online.
The other problem is that when left unchecked these items can be the greatest time wasters in human history.
Case in point, I’m writing this on an iPad, so here is a rundown of what I have done since I began:
9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.: Wrote the first two paragraphs of this blog. (Good use of time.)
9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Checked Facebook. (Nothing happening; poor use of time.)
9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.: Checked email. (Can’t figure out why since no one ever emails me, poor use of time.)
9:20 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.: Back to word processor for another paragraph, had idea to list activities. (Good use.)
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.: Back to Facebook, more irritated pets and personal opinions I did not need to know about. (Still poor use of time.)
I am not trying to vilify modern electronics. I just need to find my balance. How the kids view technology, whether it is tool to accomplish a task or a crutch to pass time will be influenced by the type of consumption that I model now.
Ultimately, my fear is that my kids’ memories of me might always involve an electronic device. And their memories will not differentiate between whether I’m playing Angry Birds on an iPhone or reading omaha.com on a tablet.
When other kids are talking about camping with their dads or looking at a newspaper together, I don’t want mine to say, “I used to love it when we Googled together.”
Chris Donnelly is married with four children. You can read him every Thursday on momaha.com
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