- Brandie Wood noticed that she tends to overlook her children as she spends more time on the internet
- The mother of two boys then conducted an experiment, tallying the number of times they turned to look at her as they play
- By the end of the day, she counted 28. The result prompted her to urge parents to spend quality time with their loved ones instead of focusing on social media
As technology squeezes its way as a necessity into our lives, we find ourselves spending an increasing amount of time on our smart phones, laptops, and other gadgets.
While this allows work to be easier and more convenient on our part, we tend to get absorbed into the temporary solace the various platforms of social media offers. Hence, as we put more focus into the virtual world, we forget about the reality in which we reside in.
The rapidly improving high-tech devices guarantee individuals at least one of the two outcomes – they could either bring you and your loved ones closer, or they could drift you apart. Recently, a growing gap between parents and their little children had been observed and such tools are one of the many factors to blame.
Childhood is the stage wherein young kids look up to their parents for acknowledgement and attention. This is when they could easily catch on to habits, speeches, and even modest actions. But what could they pick up from their parents if their mother or father is too engrossed on the internet?
Brandie Wood confessed of being one of those who spend too much time on her phones even while watching over her four-year old twins. There are occasions when she even overlooks her children as she logs on to her accounts.
It was around November last year when she noticed her regrettable actions and took a day off from technology and sat with a paper and pen as her children played around in front of her. She tallied the number of times her twins looked up to her, as if checking if she was paying attention to their activities. By the end of the day, she counted 28.
At that time, Brandie worried if her boys thought that the internet was more important than them. She then took to Facebook her concerns and urged readers to spend quality time with their loved ones.
Trying to be more precise, she called out to fellow parents to put more focus on their children instead of social media as they depend on them to raise them as decent and striving adults in the future. -HB, Kami Media