Everybody Talks Too Much

I really don’t understand why so many people are always talking on their cell phone. I spend a lot of time on my phone, but I’m looking at Facebook, Twitter, email, etc and if I’m talking to someone(a very rare occurrence) it is via text, email or Facebook Messenger. I also feel the need to spend less time doing this. Facebook and Twitter are generally either boring or irritating, I don’t get any fun emails and no one texts me. Why am I spending time on the phone? It’s an addiction. I think I should sue Apple.(see my post on Apple Addiction here). One thing I rarely do is actually talk on the phone.

I didn’t even like talking on the phone when talking was the only thing you could do on the phone. Any of my friends and family who have ever talked to me on the phone can verify that I am really bad at talking on the phone. Why would I want to do that now when there are other options(in this scenario I am pretending I know people who actually want to talk to me). I would rather text, email, etc than talk on the phone. I don’t understand why so many other people are always talking on the phone. Who are they talking to? How can they have that much to say? Why is it so important that they talk no matter where they are?

I drive to work and when I pass slow and erratic drivers I glance over the many of them are slow and erratic because they are on their phone. People in line at Starbucks barely move their mouths away from the phone to mumble their order and then go back to the conversation and miss the person asking them a question and take forever to pay because it  might interrupt their phone call. People in the library are always getting phone calls and then talking very loudly on their phones. Phones ring during church services, movies, etc. Who are they talking to all the time? Have they never heard of texting? I just don’t get it.

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Apple Addiction

It’s all over the news and a big story on The Today Show today  – investors demanding Apple do something to combat children’s smartphone addiction.  I do agree that addiction to electronics is a thing. I do agree that children being addicted early is a problem. I don’t agree with the idea that we should blame the company. The company created a product. The company’s job is to make that product a product that people want to purchase. They’ve done their job. Our job as parents is to make the decision regarding what products we purchase for our children. Our job as parents is to determine how much time they are allowed to use said products. Sure, we can say that maybe they should curtail advertising in a way that targets children. We can’t hold them responsible for our parenting choices.  Here are some examples of how we as parents have provided the “drug” to our children. Just replace the device with the word drugs:

“But, mom, all my friends have drugs! I want drugs too!”

“Dad has work to do. Take these drugs and go to another room so I can concentrate”

“Dad needs to rest. How about instead of playing with you, I give you drugs to keep you occupied while I nap.”

“Yes, it’s OK to bring your drugs to the dinner table Daddy wants to do his drugs during dinner as well”

We made the decision to buy our children an addictive item. We have no one to blame but ourselves.