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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
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ARE WE TOO ENGROSSED IN OUR SMARTPHONE TO ENJOY PROPER FAMILY TIME?

photo credits: consciousmovement.org

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This morning we were at My Bryani House in Compass One for brunch. The place was fully occupied.

This lady and her son, about 11 or 12-years old came in. Since there were no available seats or tables, they stood waiting, eyeing the corner table where 3 other women were about done with their meal.

When the 3 got up to leave, the lady went to occupy the table. Her son went out of the restaurant – and later returned with the father who apparently had been sitting outside on one of those benches in the shopping centre, waiting like a prince for the wife to get a seat for them.

The lady went to place their orders, while the son and father sat there – engrossed with their smartphones.

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The lady came back, sat down and just stared into space.

The father’s eyes especially, were glued to the phone, and not even once looked up or said a word to his wife.

The son too was playing some games on his.

I felt so sad just watching them. Yet it is a common sight nowadays.

The lady continued to just sit there. All alone. She was with her family but she was alone.

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When the food came, the father looked dismayed. I couldn’t make out why. He the started to complain about something and had an upset look.

He then started to dig into his food, all the while eyes still glued to his phone.

I can’t understand why couples would do this. Why don’t they talk to each other? Why be so disrespectful towards your spouse? What does that teach your children?

We had a very nice conversation with the boys about their schoolwork and the year-end exams, talking about why it is especially important for the younger one who will be taking his PSLE in September/October.

We always do when we are at the table, whether out in a restaurant or foodcourt or at home.

No phone when we are together.

Put down the phone. Talk to your spouse and kids.

Surely, the phone is not more important than your loved ones.

Right?

Source: FB post by:Andrew Loh

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