Smart­phones cry out for too much of our at­ten­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - “THEY SAY

I am their baby. But I think the smart­phone is their baby, not me.” This comment an 11-year-old girl wrote in her sum­mer va­ca­tion di­ary was posted online by her mother, arous­ing heated de­bate. Heb­ comments:

There have long been calls for par­ents to put down their smart­phones to be with their chil­dren, but at least for now such calls do not seem to have been heeded. Peo­ple are still ad­dicted to their smart­phones.

Many worry that smart­phones are ru­in­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween par­ents and their chil­dren. The logic is sim­ple: Par­ents have lim­ited time and en­ergy and if they spend too much time on their smart­phones, they will nat­u­rally have less time to spend with their chil­dren.

It is true that many young par­ents spend lit­tle time with their chil­dren, but smart­phones alone are not to blame for this. Young par­ents, mostly born in the 1980s or early 1990s, tend to give more at­ten­tion to what they are in­ter­ested in rather than per­form­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as par­ents.

Their sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to their fam­i­lies is not as strong as that of their par­ents.

Be­sides, many young par­ents tend to buy com­mer­cial ser­vices from the mar­ket as a way of hon­or­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to their chil­dren. For ex­am­ple, they spend money on baby ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses rather than spend­ing enough time teach­ing them them­selves.

For young par­ents, it is im­por­tant for them to learn how to spend more time with their chil­dren. They need to have the pa­tience to learn how to be good par­ents so that their kids can grow up in a healthy man­ner, with their par­ents as role mod­els when it is their turn to raise kids.

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