boltonbonce wrote:And I get your point Sluffy. Kids shouldn't be glued to a screen all day. None of us should.
As kids, my brother and I were usually at each others throats, and, if we'd had the technology, we could have ignored each other completely.
However, in order to play, we had to interact, inventing games that we still talk about today. Those games, that interaction, formed a bond that has stood the test of time. Despite him being a complete idiot.
Playing out was vital. In the school hols we were out from 7am to 7pm or more, and there were no mobile phones, so mum and dad had to trust we were ok.
Not sure modern parents could, or should, be so accommodating. Great days though.
I don't really mean to go too deep or serious about stuff, as ultimately I can never do much to change anything but we (humans), are just basically creatures/animals that have gradually evolved over huge periods of time into what we are.
We've evolved (so too have many other creatures) into complexed beings and societies and we all function within these societies.
We learn how to develop skills by playing when we are young, by interacting with other children and being guided and taught by our elders.
These skills and learning apply not only to physical and practical things - like hunting for food, or learning what plants you can eat, but also social and interpersonal skills, such as working together to keep each other safe, to resolve issues rather than fight each other, to influence and control by persuasion (or propaganda/being brainwashed/fake news) rather than force.
The more we learn from others through (mostly subconsciously) how they act and behave, the more we mimic them and do the same - this becomes our normality.
Technology has been so successful that it has become the norm to grow up/play/learn from others from social media rather than real life itself.
So that for example young adults view porn and view women (and sex) in a way that it shouldn't (See Andrew Tate who is currently in the news), social media allows people to not only act without limits but makes their behaviour acceptable and normal in this ethereal internet world we now seem to inhabit - which now is/has been transferred across into the real world - many, many people truly believe the utter bollocks they read on social media to be the gospel truth - and of course it isn't!
Of course people telling lies, being manipulated and everything else has always gone on in the past but we much more likely to spot and avoid it by having grown up/played with/drank with/worked with, people who were bullshitters and you learned how to spot and avoid them.
Somehow those abilities (that filter of behaviour honed by real life personal interactions) doesn't therefore seemed to have developed in many of the young simply because they haven't had the same life time experience of such behaviour to learn and develop from with 'real' people (rather than internet personas) anymore - their parent simply gives them a phone to play with instead of learning to be and relate to other real people - that part of their lives is missing and somehow because of it they become more susceptible to the views of those who try to influence them as they grow up- that's how it is these days.
As I say it is what it is.
We get what we deserve as they say.