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Giving it up to the computer screen

May 10, 2011

Today while some-what eavesdropping on Mother’s conversation with an old friend, he angrily blurted out a few words that got me thinking: “While the kid’s down stairs cursing at strangers, where do you think the parents are?  Probably upstairs watching porn–or you know, whatever!” (Or something along those lines).   His rant got my wheels turning about a ridiculously peculiar scene I witnessed a week or so back.

Picture this:

It’s four-ish on a Thursday at a suburban sushi and hibachi place.  It’s too early for much action in the hibachi rooms, but the sushi bar is buzzing.  I’m sitting at table six in the center of the little shop front with my good friend Laura.  Just an arm’s length away at a table in the window sit a mother and son pair; they seem pretty normal, so I overlooked them when we entered the scene.   Then when our server disappeared Laura noticed something was up.  With her swift head tilt, I found something that would hold my attention my whole meal. The mother and son pair have accessories: an iPad, two iPhones and earbuds.  Mom’s plugged into her iPad, which she has propped on the soy sauce, and seems to be engrossed in a movie, every once in a while she checks her phone.  And her son is taking bites between rounds of games on his iPhone.  I know he played more than one while we were all sitting there, and I’d like to think one was Angry Birds.  It was all I could to keep from staring slack-jawed until my food came.

But I wonder what on earth would make them want to eat their dinners in such solitude, since that’s really what it was.  Do the mother and son really not have anything to talk about at all?  If she’s not having grown up conversations with the kid, where’s he going to learn it from?  I picture this little boy thirty years from now playing the wii of the day and grunting to his family while they all try to guess what it is he wants.  I mean, I know there are people out there who believed this kind of meal would become the norm, but I never thought it would actually happen.  Sheesh, America.  Of course this is all coming from the girl who checks her Facebook three times a day and has been known to spend the entire day on the couch in front of the TV with the computer on her lap.  So you should probably take my opinion with a grain of salt.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2011 6:50 pm

    How obnoxious is it that I “like” your posts?

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