I noticed a recent trend that I found slightly troublesome.
The other night I looked up at dinner (we were eating out) and I was buried in my iPhone while we waited for our order. My daughter was buried in a coloring page, and my wife was buried in her iPhone as well.
As soon as one of us put our iPhone’s down, my daughter would immediately ask if she could play on it.
Then she’d have HER head buried in an iPhone.
This is one of the only times during the day that our family is sitting down together, and the fact that we were all buried in our own little worlds was upsetting.
It’s my fault – I led the charge. I bought my wife her iPhone after I had mine for a few months (the day the price dropped to $399), and my daughter is obviously learning from watching me.
So – I have decided that it’s time to put the device down. Just at dinner.
When we’re all sitting together, we need to spend time together as a family, and we need to spend it without staring a screen of any kind.
It was tough the first night – which I think truly shows just how addicted to this little device I am – but I don’t want my daughter growing up completely unable to spend time not directly connected to some sort of computer.
After the first evening it wasn’t so bad, and I’m going to continue to do this from this point forward. If you find yourself head down at the dinner table with an iPhone in hand – I highly recommend that you give it a try as well.