Quite awhile ago, I touched on something that I dubbed "Generation Text"...or...at least...I thought I dubbed it.
Until an author of a book called "Generation Text" left me a comment telling me my thoughts were "romantic" at best. Bugger.
What's wrong with romance, anyway?
Anywho...the other day, over coffee with a fabulous friend (hi Stac!!), we were discussing technology and our children...namely, cell phones/texting with our children. Er...well, we weren't discussing it with our children...but more, how it pertains to our children.
She is a homeschooling mama (encouraging me to give it a try, myself...) with a brood of children who are just as fabulous as she. Her oldest and my oldest are fairly close in age, so we share struggles, in someways. The most recent, was the lack of friends being invited over...our kids not picking up the phone to call friends to come over, and vice versa.
Once upon a time, Mr. W was talking with his sister about how our Pal doesn't really get invited to many friend's homes to "hang out". I was more worried about it than the Mr., fearing our eldest child didn't have friends.
At conferences for school, his teachers always reassured us that he was a friendly kid that got along great with everyone...kids and teachers, they'd report that yes, indeed, he had lot's of friends at school. I'd leave, scratching my head...wondering what was up with the "un-invitedness".
After the Mr. talked with his sister, he told me that she said the Pal was "out of the loop, because he didn't have a cell phone, and didn't text". (For the record, I've always been fairly anti-cell phone for kids...) When I heard that, my first reaction was "Ah...phooey! That's just a bunch of bull!" I didn't believe it for a second.
And I went back to worrying about what could be wrong with my son, to be left out of things so often.
Well...(and this is what I shared with Stac...) about a month or so ago, my boy bought himself an iPod touch and a couple of iTunes certificates. He bought the "Text for Free" app for his iPod, so that when he is in a WiFi signal, he can text...just as if he had a cell phone.
Suddenly...our boy is doing stuff. Being invited to friends' homes and golfing and basketball. It's unreal, guys!
I didn't want to believe it...I really didn't...but, my SIL was totally right! (Not that I didn't want to believe HER, just that cell phones/texting played such a big role with today's youth and socialization [or lack thereof]...)
Stac and I realized...that kids these days don't pick up phones to make phone calls. Which makes me a little fearful for the future communication skills of our youth.
Whatever it is...I guess I do need to learn to roll with the punches. If life gives me lemons and I'm supposed to make lemonade with it...then perhaps...
If life gives me technology, I should learn to embrace it (or at least live with it?!). Right?