The detachment of the present day human is amazing. Our family went together on some errands this afternoon. We went out to lunch, to the pet store, shoe store, and grocery store. We spoke with one another, via actual vocalizations, eye contact, gestural communication, and body language the entire time. I'm quite proud of that considering what was going on all around us.
There was a little girl, maybe 2 1/2 who was standing by the fish tanks in the pet store. She looked to be by herself, but Honey told me that he had seen her mom just a second ago texting while the girl tried to tell her something about the fish. Peanut and Pumpkin were enamored by the fish too, so we all stood there for a while and the girl started talking with us. We had a nice discussion about the orange fish and how they were like Andrew's (She seemed to feel we would understand that) and the minutes ticked by. No sign of mom or dad. I looked at Honey wide eyed. "Really?" Finally, her parents came around the corned and we laughed about the conversation I was having with their child. Ha Ha Ha. It's super amusing when your toddler talks to total strangers because you won't listen to them and you have left them alone in a store while you text.
So on to the shoe store. I used to think the little benches with the mirrors were for sitting on while you tried on shoes, but alas, I was mistaken. Those are the spaces for people who want to cut themselves off from the folks they are shopping with to text or post on facebook. I have never seen so many people sitting down and just typing on their phones in one store before. It seemed really weird to me. I guess you can still try on shoes while you text... As I rolled Pumpkin's stroller through the aisles, people were completely oblivious that they were taking up the whole aisle and we could not get by. More than once I turned back and headed around another way to get through the store. Seriously, do we need to be so focused on the little tiny boxes?
I'm sure there are sometimes when you really feel that you need to pull the phone out and text, post, email, whatever. But please, consider how your children perceive that. Consider how necessary it really is. Consider how you may be using it to avoid others. Consider how you may be neglecting what someone else needs. Consider how you may be seen as rude, or self absorbed. Consider the lost opportunities to be a social being. Pay attention to the people around you. Please.