I was doing my daily scroll of the BBC News website the other day, when I happened upon an article that really struck a chord with me.
An American schoolteacher asked her class of seven and eight-year olds to write about an invention that they wish had never been invented.
And nearly 20% of them wrote about the same thing: mobile phones.
The reason? All those kids felt that their parents spent too much time staring at a mobile screen, and not enough time in the real world, enjoying time with their children.
One child had this to say, “I don’t like the phone because my parents are on their phone every day. A phone is sometimes a really bad habit”.
As is so often the case, there’s a deeper, wiser point being made by these children – mobile phones have changed our society, and articles like this make us ask the question: has it changed for the good, or the bad?
What do you think? Do mobile phones stop you from spending quality time with your kids? Are you ‘present’ when you’re hanging out with them, or does the temptation to scroll overcome you?
P.S. Here’s the original article