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Are Smartphones the New Pacifiers?

What ever happened to a box of crayons & a pad of paper, Invisible Ink books, Magna Doodles? Or, god forbid, family conversation.

Do kids need to be numbed and pacified during every step of life – at home, in the car, at the restaurant, at baseball games (yes, I saw a dad and his 8-year old son once at a Phillies game –  kid was playing a hand held video game the whole time.  Ah, the national pastime as Father/Son experience is alive and well!) Let’s make sure our children’s heads are never up observing the world, taking part in conversations, learning the subtleties of human interaction, etc.

Regarding this gem of a commercial from AT&T (grumble, grumble)…don’t even get me started on the patsy Dad angle propagated here, as it is so often on TV as well as in “Parenting” magazines (meaning, of course, Mom magazines).

This one with the dad, the crying kid, Luke Wilson, and the AT&T smartphone pisses me off each and every time in comes on, which during the NCAA tournament, is about every 20 minutes.

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