BLOG: Hey Daddy, Time Out! Dad Ignores Son While on Facebook

Parents today are so consumed with their electronic devices and computers that they miss out on the simple pleasures of interacting with their kids.

The other day I went to McDonalds to grab breakfast and I came upon something that was really disturbing. Seated nearby I saw a father and son having breakfast. What could be disturbing about this common occurrence? Well the dad had his laptop out and was totally engrossed online and totally ignoring his son who was about 2 years old.

I could not take my eyes away from this tragedy as I saw the dad first on Yahoo Messenger to chat and then he logged into his Facebook account. There is nothing that could have been so urgent as this dad stared at his computer screen for over ten minutes. Never looking over at his beautiful son’s face and eyes during breakfast out.

The son sat there sort of playing with his cut up pancakes and not eating. The son could see me looking at him as he looked around for any human face to interact with. I began to wonder if later that day the dad’s wife or girlfriend would ask him if anything fun or precious happened that day at breakfast and the dad would have nothing to report.

This is a sad commentary on how our society is so preoccupied with electronic devices or laptops as they raise kids. There is less time for the human experience and I wonder how this will affect kids and teens as they yearn for affection, love, acknowledgement and their parent’s time. Time sucked away on something not important at all. Precious moments now missed, as the gift of their child is staring at them in real time and not online.

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Ali September 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Oh good grief. Ten minutes and you view this as a sad commentary on electronic devices and child rearing? In my day, it was the daily newspaper. My father would read it at breakfast. Get over it. Fathers are entitled to some "me" time too. Ten minutes is nothing.
Sarah Allison September 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This is sort of a modern day twist on the 1950's image of Dad reading the paper when he gets home from work or at the breakfast table, instead of engaging with the children. Which was to be expected. Let Daddy read his paper! I have a bunch of classic Little Golden Books from the 40s and 50s and Dad is always either napping or reading, absently nodding at the kids. But something feels really cold about the computer and Facebooking instead of engaging. Like, the guy isn't even learning anything. Just totally checking out. Very sad.
GoodGriefCharlieBrown September 22, 2012 at 05:34 AM
People do the same things with their dogs. They text as they walk & drag their dog along uncomfortably, pulling the dog by the collar around the dog's neck, ignoring them completely. I even notice dogs being dragged along by their leash even as they're trying to pee - their owner never taking their eyes off their phone as they text. It's even worse than this, but I won't go on. I wish people would grow up, take more responsibility for their dogs while they have them outside, watch then before they get tangled up with other dog leashes as you ignore them & keep texting. Many people call it annoying, it makes me very angry and I am very close to yelling something very direct & likely insulting, like "Watch our dog, you Idiot!" You know, or something like that!
shez December 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Lol gotta love the way u compare dogs to children.


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