Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Too Much.

We went out to dinner last Friday night.  We went to Duke's, it was wonderful.  I will post about it later.  This was by no means a fancy fancy restaurant, but it serves nice, upscale Southern Cuisine.  A band was starting to play just as we were finishing up our meal.  There was a table next to us and I couldn't keep my eyes off of them.  The. Entire. Dinner.  The dad had out his iPad, the little boy (no older than 8 or 9) had out his cell phone with these huge head phones on and the little girl (no older than 9 or 11) had out her phone with these huge head phones on.  The poor mom, just sitting there.  Miserable.  I could not get over the electronics at this table.  There was one point the little boy even starting getting upset because his phone died - the nerve - and his dad handed him this battery pack to charge it back up.  Was that necessary?  Could the boy not go the rest of the dinner and just eat without a game on in front of him?  It really frightened me.  I know electronics have really taken us so far and through this technology, doctor's, scientists, engineers, etc. have learned and discovered so many new things.  I am thankful for technology.  But how far is too far?  That poor mother was miserable, but I was glad that Jack was able to see this from the outside looking in.  He has been known to be attached to his phone and iPad a little too much.  He agreed it was ridiculous and the whole situation was out of control.  And to make matters worse, the little boy was already overweight for his age.  Makes me wonder if he ever plays outside?

1 comment:

  1. omg to the DAD having his ipad out at a restaurant. there is a time and a place. am i old fashioned to think that families should talk at dinner and small children should be learning how to behave at the dinner table without constant entertainment? i guess it's up to us to raise children the way that we were raised and not in this new "dependent on the iPhone" model you saw last Friday? just crazy!