W is for Where's my water?
Do you know what this game is? I learned about it last year from Michael. He discovered it on a friend's parent's phone I guess and immediately began pestering me about downloading it. He was 5. Cell phones weren't mainstream when I was 5 so this was just ... weird.
Eventually I did download it because, why not? It's free. And there may be some times when I want him occupied and have nothing else to offer. However, the fact that I had this amazing game ready to play in an instant was a lot for Michael to handle. He asked about it daily. Every time we went in the car, Can I play on your phone? The answer was usually a big fat N. O. While I let him play every once in a while, I eventually deleted the game due to his incessant begging. I still have some reading apps that him and Marie can play with together IF (and that's a big IF) I let them "play" on my phone.
I have gone back and forth on whether or not technology is a bad thing or a good thing. What I have found (and this is very generic) is that the older a person is, the worse today's technology is. In contrast, the younger ones can't imagine life otherwise. I have finally come to a my own conclusion and I'm very happy about it.
Technology is awesome when controlled. God created it. He created the ideas and the minds who thought of them. He knew about technology before any of us did. He also knows how much farther it can and will go. I can really rest in this. If he designed technology then wouldn't that mean it's a positive thing? Enter humanity. We can take anything awesome and make it not so great. Evan bad. So yes, technology has it's downfalls.
The husband who seems to spend the entire day playing computer games.
Little kids who know the ins and outs of Spongebob or Hannah Montanna but don't know what a real frog looks like.
Moms who spend more time texting and instagramming than playing hide and seek with the small ones.
The teenager who, if left without a computer or a phone, would go into massive depression.
I have even heard some stories of people who die while playing interactive computer games because they forgot to eat. So weird.
All the techy gizmos we have nowadays can be highly addicting. I have a hard time being far from my iphone for too long. My kids constantly want to watch movies or play games on the wii. However Mr. Sexy and I rarely say yes. Eventually we may come up with a rule such as 30 minutes of gaming or tv watching per day. For now, "no," works on my kids. We have so much to do all the time.
Puzzles, games, painting, coloring, reading, toys galore, each other, the great outdoors and everything THAT entails.
Interestingly, over time Michael has asked less and less to play the wii and to watch movies.
Is technology to be feared or celebrated? Or both?
This is the A-Z blogging challenge so go ahead and read the introduction and see a list of all my A-Z posts.