I was recently dining at a restaurant with my wife and children when it occurred to me how common it is for parents to use tablets as babysitters for their children.
The children would have their noses glued to the screen, and the volume at maximum. It got to the point where I could barely have a decent conversation with my family due to the level of noise at the eatery.
I understand that we are living in the digital age, where it is impossible to separate ourselves from our smartphones, tablets and computers. But surely, a family dinner should mean spending quality time with family members. Instead, what I saw were parents doing something on their smartphones and their children doing the same on the tablets.
Not only was the collective noise created by all the devices ear-piercing, it was depressing to see the lack of social interaction in general. I hope it is a matter of me overthinking this. But should this really be where we are heading – constantly distracted by digital devices – then perhaps it is high time we do some soul-searching before it is too late.