Raising addicts

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Most parents love their children with a loyalty and pride that is unmatched. 

However, many of these same parents are failing their young children from an early age. They are doing this when they hand their child an iPad and stick them in front of their TV.

Every parent deserves respect and admiration. They often sacrifice everything for their children. Many choose to abandon their passions and comforts for the wellbeing of their children.

A parent might have been the most self-absorbed person in the world, but when they give birth to a beautiful boy or girl, everything changes.

They become fierce, unashamed super-fans of their children, willing to slander a nervous 12-year-old referee who they believe wronged their child with a bad call.

They love their children that much.

These same parents, though, are raising their children in a strange new world — an instant culture where we are always connected and constantly stimulated.

This environment has created Instagram addicts, Facebook creeps and Netflix bingers.

We know this isn’t good for us, but we can’t stop.

This tech culture has us pursuing “retweets” and “likes” and has us staring at our phones in a room full of our best friends and family.

It’s making good conversation rare and silence feared.

It has done this to us, but what will it do to our children who are being born in this culture?

Experts agree that our tech diet is rewiring our brains and changing how we learn and think. What it hasn’t done, though, is change our appetites. We pursue acceptance and attention on social media but actually desire face-to-face relationships. We watch entire seasons of our favourite new show on Netflix because we prefer the excitement on the program to the boredom of our own lives.

This superficial world which we indulge in is what we are leaving to our children and they will respond in one of two ways.

Either they will be addicts like many of us are or their will be a revolution of sorts, where they will reject social technology and pursue a healthier, disconnected life.

Parents need to seriously consider how our instant technology is affecting our children and they need to find alternatives.

Families need to maintain and build relationships in their community and participate in the many programs Moose Jaw has to offer for children.

Your children need to run around and play more and spend less time looking at your iPad.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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