What can we do to help fight kids’ screen addiction?
When I was a kid, there was no internet. There weren’t even any answering machines (yes, I’m showing my age!). If I wanted to talk to a friend, I had to use the phone that was attached to my kitchen wall, and speak to their parents in a polite manner before they got my friend on the phone. Then I had to sit in the hallway on the floor for as long as the conversation lasted.
And then when I was a tween, Atari video games came out. At first, we were all fascinated by it. Wow, what amazing technology that was (back then, it was). I loved playing this ping pong game (I don’t even remember the name of it), and of course, Pac Man.
And we also had to write letters to friends for family members who didn’t live nearby. I have a cousin who is like a sister to me. She’s two years younger, and until we were 14 and 16, she lived in Virginia, while I was in Chicago. So, we would write to each other all the time, often with weeks in between getting letters. But the anticipation of getting one was fun!