Any of us with teenage children or children approaching that age will know only too well that smartphones are an absolute addiction or you could say, a life line that they just cannot do without. Its tempting as a parent to get frustrated when kids give you one word answers and don’t even look up from the phone when you are talking to them but what I have come to realize is that it really isn’t a choice, this is the way teenagers and young adults communicate. They don’t know how to have a conversation any more with anyone let alone their parents so should we be worried. In theory yes because it really isn’t a good idea to have children and young adults that can’t converse but on the other hand, how on earth are we going to break the habbit when everyone else does it and if you are not a part of it, you are not in their world, end of.
My son can have a conversation with me but his real world is social media where everything is shared from social occasions, whether someone has just brushed their teeth or had a wee and all of this is perfectly normal, everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing at any one time. I can only be glad that I was born when I was, although I have a phone, I use it when I need it, I am part of social media but it absolutely doesn’t take over my life so I can’t have meaningful relationships with others. This is what scares me the most, are children really going to have meaningful relationships with others when they conduct most of their relationships on their smartphone. I ran a little test the other day with my son and attempted to speak to him for longer than the 10 minutes he will normally allow, what followed was a increasingly irritated young man who tried desperately to communicate with me and live in his online world, he realised he wasn’t going to manage both and left the room, I rest my case.