I’ve noticed something about The Evil Spawn lately.
She is growing up (sad, I know).
With this comes the inevitable. She will spend more time with her peers and less time with her parents (this part isn’t completely sad… but we try not to tell her as to not hurt her feelings).
She’s at the age where she wants to be around her friends all the time. Sleepovers, parties, movies, etc.
She even likes to arrive at her games early so she can spend more time with her teammates.
But, I’ve noticed something.
The girls she plays with like to be in the same general area, but they don’t spend much time talking to each other.
Everyone has an iPod. Or iPad. Or iSomething.
While they are in the same general area, they aren’t really together.
They all have their own apps. Or music. Or TV show to watch.
This is fine by me because they are quiet. Which is a huge bonus if you have ever lived with an 11 year old girl.
But what will they be like in the future?
Will they continue to be around people but not directly communicate?
Will they go off to college and never speak to their roommates.
Instead of meeting new people as they get older, will they continue to text or contact their friends from home while ignoring people who are 3 feet away from them?
How will they act as adults? Will they know their neighbors? Will they interact with other parents?
Even more confusing to me, how will they be when they are old?
Are we raising a group of children who will become the first generation of nursing home residents who sit together but never speak to one other?
It’s possible they may be way too busy downloading apps to talk to their grandchildren.
Of course, by then, there may not be apps.
Because they really don’t interact.