Raise your hands if you are addicted to your phone, computer, tablet, television, or all of the above.
All of you? Me too.
Being a millennial and being on your phone 24/7 pretty much go hand-in-hand, amiright? We are the generation that first grew up with smartphones, and the younger you are the more proficient you are in using this technology, because, obviously, you've spent a higher percentage of your life working these. (My mom still asks me to show her how to upload photos to Facebook.) I, for one, was in 8th grade when I got my first cell phone, but had already had a Mac for several years. (Remember those comps that were clear and bright colored? Mine was blue, I loved it.) Last year I watched my best friend get in an argument with her son on his SECOND BIRTHDAY because she wouldn't let him go on youtube on her phone. His vocabulary included about 6 sentences but he knew how to log in to her iPhone.
Our parents think this is horrific; we, the millennials in question, judge from afar as we follow the same patterns. I am guilty of judging my friends and family for letting their small children stare at the TV while they had company over.
But then one day my baby boy is having a really rough time, nothing will soothe him, the dishes and laundry are stacked to the sky, and BOOM. I walk past the TV, one of my favorite Disney movies is on, and Roman stops crying. He is mesmerized by the bright colors, happy singing voices, and movement on the television. Exhausted and sick of hearing my baby scream, I prop him up on the couch and walk away. I do the dishes. I put clothes in the wash. I even get to wash my face. I return to the couch and there he is. Still happy as a clam, watching TV.
I immediately start crying, because I know right then and there that I am just like every other parent who relies on technology to allow themselves a minute of peace to get shit done.
Or, ya know, just sit on the phone an browse instagram.
I have read every article on limiting screen time for kids, because trust me, I agree that it's probably not the best thing for my almost-6-month-old. I try to get off my phone when I'm around Roman because he already shows a serious interest in it. Every time he is doing something cute and I pull my phone out to take a picture he stops what he is doing because THAT AWESOME THING MOM AND DAD STARE AT IS HERE.
But I'm a part of a generation that relies on social media and technology to communicate, work, basically survive. So how the hell am I supposed to raise a child away from all of that?
I let you know when I figure it out.