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Life Online or Unplugged?

at 21:33 - 3rd, February 2011
I hate to embed a fox "fair and balanced" debate on the site but this actually sounds fair and balanced and has to do with something we all do on a daily basis and may influence people with kids.

Personally, I'm on the mother's side. I wish i culd unplug. Hell, I'll start unplugging a bit more when I'm in st kitts.

When I was a kid my mom would regulate our tv and games so much that we'd have to sneak them when she wasn't around or when she was sleeping. Ah fond memories...

I'll raise my kids the same way, too much is a bad thing but they shouldn't be cut off completely.

What do you guys and girls think? Especially curious about the ones with kids.

• Alex


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jenn jenn
News comment 1 | User comment 20 | 1:07 - 4th, Feb 2011

I agree with the mom as well.
I also grew up on regulated TV and gaming time.
I agree with the other girl that a bit of gaming has it's benefits, like for the kids with ADD and helping them focus on achieving their goals. But I find to much screen time can be crippling to some kids cause it make them socially inept. Screen time should be a privilege or a reward, I now that the only reason I got home and did my homework ASAP was so that I can go and watch TV :D

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4957 | 7:47 - 4th, Feb 2011

the only real benefit for games and tv, in my opinion, is the fact that it's usually mindless entertainment and helps us keep up to date in that aspect of life (technology). We were much more social creatures before TV and we accomplished so much more. it wasn't unknown for more than one person in a house knowing how to play the piano or any other instrument 100 years ago...

You just don't see that any more. and no, guitar hero does not count.

andrew andrew
News comment 3 | User comment 1361 | 12:19 - 4th, Feb 2011

I have nothing against gaming, it's a good distraction and keeps people entertained - it's a game!

I do have a problem with everyone being connected though, and I fully admit to having become caught up in it. Facebook is terrible for keeping in touch with people - why message people, or give them a call to find out what's new with them when you can just creep their profile. For me, the more we become 'connected', the more I feel disconnected from everyone else. It's getting worse now too, because people are moving away from MSN and using facebook chat instead, thus making it harder to leave the whole platform.

I'm a bit scared how the current generation of kids will turn out. If how you keep in touch with friends is mostly through social media with less and less one on one communication, that's going to lead to a very socially awkward group - not to mention all the crap on the internet that they'll have been exposed to over the years.

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4957 | 13:34 - 4th, Feb 2011

for me facebook was never an issue. It's also the same thing I say about email. If i want to keep in touch with someone, i'll call them. People tell me, I should use facebook to contact all my old highschool friends and I always say the same thing, if i wanted to keep in touch with them, I'd be in touch with them.

Facebook is a bad excuse not to stay in touch with anyone. just because they aren't on facebook doesn't mean you cant get in touch with them

jenn jenn
News comment 5 | User comment 20 | 14:37 - 4th, Feb 2011

lolllllll Andy "why message people, or give them a call to find out what's new with them when you can just creep their profile." LOVE IT. But you are soo right. unlike you Alex, I find it so hard just to pick up the phone and call an old friend I haven't spoken to in a while. Instead I'll facebook message or text them. I feel shitty about it but I feel like I don't have the balls just to pick up the phone and call. And I find that most of my friends and ppl my age act the same way. So I can only imagine how messed up the next generation is going to be like. Also nothing bothers me more than when I walk into a room and see a bunch of ppl sitting down at at a party glued to their cellphones instead of interacting with ppl! Jesus put your phone down for one second and have a real face to face conversation with someone! I also hate it when you talk to someone and they leave their headphones on or take one head phone on and leave the other in their ear (unless its a quick Hi-Bye, I don't mind). Way to ex-communicate yourself with technology!

Alex Alex
News comment 6 | User comment 4957 | 15:42 - 4th, Feb 2011

hehe, christophe used to do that with his headphones, used to drive me insane.

cellphones in general aggrevate me when you're socializing, like at dinner or a party. I'll only take answer the phone under certain circumstances, like it's my parents or family or if the person i'm with says it's ok to answer. answering the phone on a 1 on 1 dinners is a no no.

It's why Gran Torino was such an appealing movie. Eastwood is a grumpy old man who thinks that things have gone out of hand and people have lost touch with traditions and have no respect for the way things used to be. his grand children and sons were a perfect example.

In the first 5 minutes of the movie you know exactly what type of man he is and I can relate to him because I think the same way about a lot of things.

jenn jenn
News comment 7 | User comment 20 | 16:51 - 4th, Feb 2011

Rofl! Why do u think I mentioned it :P. Even before we were dating he used to do that and it used to drive me up the walls. But thank god he stopped doing it now :D

Well I think for cell phones it depends on the circumstances. If its to answer a two second call its not so bad(like I said it depends on the circumstances, like I'll never answer my phone in front of my boss unless he tells me to but I'll make the conversation short or just call back later) but if u answer the phone and go on to having like a 10 min conversation that's just rude. I have these two girl friends from dawson who have their blackberries glued to their hands AT ALL TIMES. Like I'll see them sitting together having lunch and they won't be looking at each other but sitting and texting on their phones. Its a really funny sight.

I've never seen that movie but seems interesting. I'll give it a shot when I get the chance (if I don't fall asleep lol).

Now the shitty part is that the world is changing and there is nothing that we can do about it. Yeah sure u can raise your children with those values but it's hard to get them to keep them when everybody around does otherwise.

Alex Alex
News comment 8 | User comment 4957 | 16:56 - 4th, Feb 2011

nonsense. that's like saying I'm going to let my kids watch TV because all the other parents are letting their kids watch TV.

you can instil your values on your kids, you just have to make sure they understand why you do it that way.

jenn jenn
News comment 9 | User comment 20 | 17:45 - 4th, Feb 2011

Yeah but if they start to think that those values are backwards and they just don't understand them. For example gay marriage: My mom is kinda against it, and I personally don't care, let them do what they want. It's just becoming more and more accepted in our society do things like that, and most ppl who are against gay marriage are considered backwards. Even a less harsh example: If my grandmother found out that I sleep over at a boyfriends house when we are not married... I think it would be the end of me. Personally I think that this value is very backwards but it's what she thinks. It's just the direction our world is moving in.

Doesn't mean that I won't raise my kids with supervised technology time.. but it's not guaranteed that they'll do the same. just sayin brah.

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