My teenage son asked me for a home phone yesterday. A land line home phone. We have never had a home phone as long as he can remember, and he has had a cell phone since Kindergarten. I don’t have much, but think he should feel privileged to carry an iPhone before he has a job.
I asked my son why he would want a home phone, and his answer was this, he gets tired of worrying about charging his phone.
In this day so many kids have cell phones, and I don’t know an adult without one. My son, as well as most of his friends, has his iPhone ear buds permanently attached, no wonder his battery is always drained.
But as my teenage son asked me for a home phone, in the middle of Office Max, I realized that what us older generation (no I’m not old, just old enough to remember life before cell phones) still appreciate as new, is literally draining the batteries of our youth. They are encouraged to answer their phone or texts, and are receiving push notifications from all over, including Kik, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
A teenage girl recently wrote for Mashable, that Facebook isn’t cool anymore. As connected as our kids ask to be, always wanting the latest game, gadget and app, they still need time to unplug. I am encouraging my son to re-charge his iPhone out of reach or even ear shot, pick up a book or go play basketball outside. Even in this wired world, our kids can appreciate the simple things.