Originally Posted by whatsnextmom
By limiting your child to the landline, well, they aren't going to be communicating much with anyone. If this is what you prefer then that's fantastic. It's not what we prefer.
Fact is, this debate has been going on since the phone was invented and will go on with whatever new form of conversation follows. There was a time when no one thought a home computer would be useful lol. It's just amazing we all survived the the Atari and private phone lines like IN your own room lol.
I think it is quite a jump to say if we limit them to landline they will not be communicating much with anyone. Maybe it is a regional thing.
My DC do talk on the phone. While I am not a fan of Facebook or MSN, DD uses those as well. I also do not think people need to be able to contact their friends 24/7. The teenage years can be peer based enough without adding this element to it.
Bolding mine. I must admit I find your second paragraph a little mocking. We are not techie junkies - not do we abhor all technology. I think the culture I live in has a tendency to glom onto new technology and buy into it - whether or not it is a good idea. I think it is very reasonable to analyse new technology before letting it into your life. There are regular discussion on MDC on whether TV and video games are bad - I tend to think they are not, but I hardly mock posters who question them.
To quote the NYtimes
"Spurred by the unlimited texting plans offered by carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.
The phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians andpsychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation".
That does not mean my child will develop misuse issues - but they got those stats from somewhere, and I am not so naive as to think my child is immune, either
Oh, and I have never had a phone line in my room.
Edited by purslaine - 12/29/10 at 6:17pm