Texting: Luxury or Necessity?
Do teenagers REALLY NEED to be ready for that ALL IMPORTANT text like, "Are you awake?"
I have a question and hopefully someone has an answer. Is texting a luxury or a necessity? I am totally on board with having a cell phone as a necessity. It’s comforting for me to know that our 14-year-old, as she has more freedoms, owns a phone I can call to get in touch with her. But texting? I’m not quite sure.
I feel I can be a “cool” parent—or maybe not since I just wrote that--but I have not jumped on the texting bandwagon. Oh sure, I’ve texted, but it takes me a long time to get a sentence out (maybe that’s because I’m writing sentences) and I have no idea how to send numbers! I tried to text her yesterday with a phone number and gave up, texting instead, “Call me.”
I don’t have a texting plan but we let our daughter Hannah have one for her birthday last June. She already has an iPod and in fact received a new one for Christmas that has an application called text-free and yet we still pay the monthly fee for texting on her phone. Does that beg the question, "What is wrong with us?"
Back to my original query. Luxury or necessity? Doesn’t everything boil down to those two choices when spending money on our children? What do you think?
Texting is on my mind because of a very interesting article The Boston Globe ran last weekend. Basically, there’s a trend where teens are not getting enough sleep because they are always waiting for the next text on their phone. You know, those “emergency texts” that MUST be answered such as, “Are you awake?”
One young lady, according to the Globe, feels she’s not herself if her phone isn’t near her or if she’s not on it!
As a result of harboring their phones under their pillows, these kids don’t enter Stage 4 REM sleep, which is crucial to a good night’s rest.
Hmmm…a 2011 security blanket or a teddy bear that one must have--and you don't even get a solid eight hours?
This article got me thinking…we are a society that is always “on.”
We have our televisions, PCs, laptops, cell phones, iPods, and sound docks, just to name a few. How can we expect our children to be responsible with their electronics when we are just as glued to our own?
Well, the old adage, “because I said so” comes to mind, which, by the way, I use quite frequently. Also, “do as I say, not as I do.”
Now I’m not saying anything we as parents of teens don't already know, but my husband has said it’s like she’s addicted to her phone, and we make sure she’s not using it at dinner and it’s out of her room when she goes to bed!
I’m all about identifying problems and coming up with solutions. Is she on her phone too much (well, sometimes) and how do we regulate that? How do we do this when we ourselves are “on”?
Hey, this article is for an online news source!
I'm making up my own adage: "One day at a time, one text at a time."