This 📺 vs That 📲

TV used to be the sole babysitter. Now it’s mobile devices. Screen addiction is a real thing. Kids aren’t going outside and getting dirty. They’re always on, always occupied, playing video games and chatting with friends.

The good news is that despite the 50 texts on average teenagers send per day, they’re writing more, even if they’re communicating like prehistoric cave-people in drawing emojis.

Just as the original iPhone once held 1,000 songs in your pocket, your friends are now stored there, a tap away. Face time is a digital experience rather than a physical one. Screens are the new norm. Perhaps we should be more worried about how the addiction to screens inhibit sleep or how they hamper creativity.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.