What's the Future Consequences for that Child?

Nefnef and me in the park.
Haifa, Israel
February 12, 2018 7:56am CST
Today, when I walked my dog in the park, we met a mother with two children. One was a baby in a stroller, the other one a 3 or 4-year-old girl. The mother was on the phone. We followed her with the eyes as she walked slowly around the park, phone glued to her ear. Nefnef did her business, we saw and spoke with cats, spoke with people we met, and then we were on our way back. There she was again, still with her sad-looking little girl walking silently next to her. Still with her baby in the stroller. Still only paying attention to her phone. My first thought was: Such a pity. She's missing her children growing up. She's missing all those fun conversations with them. She's missing out, exploring the world through their eyes. Then I thought: What about the child? The one who walks there with a sad face, alone, her mother not the least interested. I've seen the family many times earlier in the park. The mother's always on the phone. Never talking to her offspring. How sad is that.
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• Philippines
12 Feb
It's common nowadays.Technology have create a big impact in our lives.It's good that we can now communicate easily.The sad thing is human interaction has been negatively affected.People having meals who are focusing on their phones instead of their family members;children who are fixated on their chairs playing digital games instead of playing outdoors; children who are neglected by their parents who are busy with their social media.Those are the common examples of the negative effects of technology.
• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
I agree. I love technology and gadgets, but life is more important.
@nanette64 (17711)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Feb
Exactly @kareemadivina and it's a crock of crap! I would love to see a complete black out on this planet for a solid month. Then maybe people would get the hint.
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• Philippines
12 Feb
@nanette64 It must be so sad.I want to retain the electricity at least. Maybe then people will appreciate the simple things out of life.
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@LadyDuck (163917)
• Switzerland
12 Feb
Hello I am glad to see you on this site. It is sad to see parents not paying attention to their children. We live in an "isolated" world, our gadgets seem more interesting than people.
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• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
I agree, Anna. It's all too common here to be outside with your telephone glued to your ear.
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@LadyDuck (163917)
• Switzerland
12 Feb
@sindore People seem not even to notice that there is a real world around them.
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• Philippines
13 Feb
maybe its her job on the phone always so no time to chat with her children thats the problem sometimes we dont know
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• Haifa, Israel
13 Feb
You're right, @Strawberry18. I was judging her without knowing WHY she is on the phone always. There could be many good reasons.
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• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Feb
Yeah I see the same thing, There are times when I had to catch myself because you get emails that come through the phone and you are reading them, but a lot of the time my phone is taking pictures with the kids, because family time is very important, before you know it they are off to high school, then college, then they are getting married, and having their own family, then you are looking like, where did time go? When i'm out with my children and my friends call I tell them to call me back or sometime I don't answer the phone because I want my kids to know that they have my attention. But for most parents its not that easy especially people that have demanding careers. I remember I talked to a lady who was a Executive secretary I guess that's what it's called maybe you can correct me, but she was supposed to be on vacation with her family but her boss had paid for their stay at a resort, but even still her boss needed her to answer the phone at a certain time and while we were talking her boss was calling her, it was just sad...I feel that some of these companies as well need to know when you are on vacation or spending time with your family, and that should be respected, and there are many companies that don't care about your family situations.
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• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
Carpe diem, yes. Experience the presence. It's important.
@RodrickH (10632)
• China
12 Feb
That lady is missing the precious moment with her children
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• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
I think so, too.
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@marlina (74946)
• Canada
12 Feb
Very sad for both children.
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• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
Indeed.
• United States
12 Feb
Yeah, pretty sad, things have changed so much. I use to cook chicken at night, people could hardly place an order for talking on the phone.
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• Haifa, Israel
12 Feb
Really, that's crazy. It has really gone too far.
• Greece
13 Feb
It’s very sad for both of the children... I really don’t understand why are they procreating if they just don’t want or have the time etc for their kids... I mean it’s a kid!! And a kid NEED his/her parents.... Very sad...
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13 Feb
Pitty, she missed to see her children growing up.
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@cintol (6901)
• United States
13 Feb
I have noticed this a lot more in the last year, parents at restaurants on their phones, parks, stores, etc. What a sad world this is becoming when the parents can't see that the children are more important and will be grown before they know it and all the fun times will be lost. And they wonder why kids now a days are so bad, just looking for the attention they never got at home.
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@dya80dya (3769)
• Romania
12 Feb
It's sad that technology controls us so much. Children don't receive attention. Accidents can happen. People are so absorbed by smartphones. They can't see the real world. When I went outside I couldn't use my smartphone so much. I prefer to be careful.
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@nanette64 (17711)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Feb
People are letting technology run their lives @sindore .
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@1hopefulman (30212)
• Canada
13 Feb
Nice sketch! The positive thing that she took her children out for fresh air and exercise. It would have been nice if she had paid attention to the children and talked and played with them.