Am I just old-fashioned, or am I the only one who misses the days without screens?
Bruce Sallan: Screens, screens, screens. No, not the ones that keep out the flies, but the ones that are ubiquitous in our lives everywhere else. We've got video, cell phone, computer, game, movie theater, and MP3 player screens (I refuse to call them iPods, as I can't stand iTunes and their monopoly and the totalitarian way in which they force you to organize your music ... I have no heat on this issue -- HA!).
My boys are addicted to them, as with most of their generation. And, as my family would argue, I am addicted to my computer and phone screen (for e-mail), to which we finally instituted a limited after-dinner policy. One half-hour is all I'm allowed, after dinner, to check and respond to e-mails. Writing and such must be done during "work hours," whatever those are.
Fair enough, but my boys don't have these limits other than no TV on school nights. That doesn't mean no computer time, so really what is the difference? With YouTube, they can watch most anything anyway. With video chat and other options on the web, they're as addicted to their screens as I may be to mine.
What happened to playing outside? Or riding your bike? Talking on a landline phone while fiddling with the cord versus talking on a cell phone and texting? Reading a book versus hearing it or reading it via Kindle? Newspapers are already becoming anachronistic. Am I part of that older generation that can't keep up, or am I just a guy?
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, full-time, now 13 and 16. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now, newly remarried, in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|