So, why I am writing about an iPack? It is what little boy #2 calls his backpack. The hubby and I aren't incredibly high speed when it comes to technology and gadgets. Little boy #1 has an iPad, and my husband and I both have iPhones and iPods. Our iPods are at least 6 years old (never upgraded or replaced), and we finally caved in and gave up our beloved flip phones for iPhones 3 years ago. Between the two of us, we have 5 apps...and they are all on my phone :). I must admit that I am never far from my phone. I know that if I am, I will miss that one phone call from school when there is an emergency with little boy #1 or a doctor will call, and it will take me 2 more weeks to get back in touch with them. However, the hubby's phone is pristine and gets maybe twenty minutes of use each week. That said, I found it quite remarkable that although little boy #2 isn't completely inundated with technology, much less Apple products, it is enough in his vocabulary that despite multiple corrections and explanations, he insists on taking his iPack to preschool!
Perhaps I need to more closely evaluate the time I think he is exposed to an iSomething and how much he truly is. A study was reported on today that phones are creating statistically significant issues in relationships (did a study really have to be conducted to show this?!). There is a new term, "phubbing," partner phone snubbing, to describe snubbing your partner in a social setting by looking at your phone. I'm sure this crosses over from partner relationships to relationships between friends and children as well!
We all have our own reasons for being attached to today's technology. I don't need a study to tell me that phones can too easily serve as a distraction when the meaningful face to face interaction is sitting next to me at the very same table. In case, I lose sight of that, every Tuesday and Thursday when my little guy grabs his iPack, I will have a gentle reminder of the people who are important and the objects that are not.