By Ramal Ijaz.
Every day I see parents blaming smartphones and their companies on ruining their children. Every day I see elders discussing the negative impact of these new technologies that have distanced them from their children. Every day I see children busy with their phones, laptops and tablets. Every day I see children preferring to not answer their parents’ calls or spend time with them. This made me wonder why this is happening. Then I sat alone and thought for hours to figure out the major point in this distanced relationship between the parents and their children. Is it actually the smartphone or the 24/7 availability of Wi-Fi? Is it the skype sessions with friends or is it their ignorance and carelessness? It isn’t anyone of these! Shocking? Yes, surprisingly it isn’t!! I could see the other side of the picture- the side invisible to many- specifically to the elder ones. I see people having all these facilities but still very attached and close to their family. I see many setting aside their phones and listening carefully what their elders actually want. The point that I concluded after all this is that the lack of parents’ attention is one of the main reasons of detachment. Parents nowadays are so busy with their work that sometimes unwantedly they ignore and give less attention to their children ending up having a gap in between them.
It’s time to realise that the technology is not always the root cause of the problems, sometimes it is the lack of our concentration and attention towards anything. It’s time to accept that technology is actually meant to ease our tasks and not to distance anyone, only if it’s used in moderation.