I took my nephew to the park the other day & noticed something interesting by the swings. There were three mothers that were simultaneously looking down at their phones with one hand, while pushing their kids with the other. I should have taken a photo but I didn’t want to come off as a creep.
After the swings we went over to the slides where one kid was desperately seeking his mother’s attention, while she was busy sitting, staring down at her phone. “I see sweetie” she said, while clearly not looking.
I would say this was a fluke day at the park, but I’ve been noticing more and more parents glued to their phones, while out with their kids.
Like any patient with their self pity stories, therapists should expect to see some of these children in the near future. It will be a similar theme but a new source to blame. They’ll be crying about how their parents paid more attention to their phones than them. How their parents attended more Facebook events than their sporting events. Or they’ll use their parents social media addiction as an excuse as to why they’ve become bad parents.
No matter the stories & excuses, you can bet that this will be a future issue that therapists will get to charge $200 an hour for.