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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 04:33 PM


by Sherry Turkle
Psychologist, MIT; Internet Culture Researcher; Author, Alone Together

Children watch their parents play with shiny technical objects all day. Parents cradle them, caress them, never let them out of their hands. When mothers breast feed their infants, the shiny objects are in their hands, at their ears. When parents bring their toddlers to the park, they share their attention with the shiny objects to the point that children are jealous and indeed, often go unattended. Playground accidents are up.

As soon as children are old enough to express their desires, children want the objects as well and few parents say no. In parental slang, it has become known as the "passback," passing back the iPhone to quiet your toddler in the rear seat of the car.

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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 04:45 PM

1. scary shit, maynard

we have become a world of zombies indeed.

My SO and I are trying to outwit the kids out of electronics. Now that we have done much of the damage and started it to begin with, we realized a while ago that it was only going to get worse, not better. Our kids have no iphones...but gameboys and such are just as bad(my mom gave my daughter a kindle fire for x-mas and she literally disappeared for about a month!).

With the weather changing and some new kids next door to play with, they are motivated to play basketball and trampoline more, i even heard of some planned 'excursion' to explore the nearby meadow with treasure map in hand. They are 10 & 11...and the littlest is 6 and was much worse due to my SO's ex wife's inattentiveness. I am so grateful that we both woke up and decided to shift things. Reality is so much more important.

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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:45 PM

2. The thing about iphones, ipads, etc

is they allow us to continue our sedentary lifestyles beyond the home and into the outdoors. We need that like butter on bananas.

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