Social Experiment Part 1: Traveling to Mexico Without Technology
My kids, like a lot of kids, get quite obsessed with i-devices. They used to always want to play Tomb Raider. Now they are obsessed with Minecraft. They all build these worlds together, using separate iPads and computers. It is weird and I don’t begin to understand it. With this virtual world they create together on separate technology devices, it can get quite loud with excitement and virtual arguments that I yearn for the days of simple Nickelodeon and PBS.
While I love and adore iPads, iPhones, iPods, iMacs, or anything with the lowercase letter ”i” in front of it, I detest constantly being asked to download new apps. I don’t want to listen to loud banter while the kids are playing these apps. And I don’t want to hear the inevitable push-back when it is time to put the i-devices away. When a show or movie ends, it ends. There is no arguing with that.
So Chris had a genius idea that we leave the i-devices at home on our trip to Mexico. Of course, I am bringing my iMac with me (for writing) and our iPhones will not be left behind. Any hypocrisy that may have been brought forward by the kids over the fact that we get our i-devices and they don’t was quickly squashed with a pre-emptive reminder that we are adults. We must try and stay mentally one step ahead of the kids at all times.
This will be a social experiment for us. Going on a trip that includes a plane ride with layover without taking the iPads to watch movies or play games is a bit risky.
But when we told the kids that we would not be bringing i-devices on our trip, instead of launching an all out mutiny they began to throw out other ideas of what they would do on the plane.
The children appeared to be willing participants in our social experiment.
Ava immediately requested to sit next to Chris so she could play hangman and other games with him. Preston wanted to sit next to Chris so they could write in the journal and read together and he wanted to teach his dad how to do the Rainbow Loom. Nobody requested to sit next to me. I won’t take personally. I don’t like to play games.
The plane ride went smoothly sans iPads. Here is what the kids did without iPads:
- Looked out of the window of the airplane. Violet only asked once if we were “going down.”
- Colored in their new coloring book
4. The little girls read books
5. Stole and ate all the good chocolate snacks out of my United snack box
We shall see how the rest of the trip goes without technology. So far, so good. I recommend it.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.