“Put down your phone!” Janet said.
Robert looked at her while squinting his eyes and said: “I’m checking my e-mail!”
“For the seventh time tonight!” Janet’s voice broke up with her words. She was very frustrated with his total attachment to his “toys.”
Toys seem like a cliché word now for adults who love electronic gadgets. It’s becoming a major cause of many relationship breakups. It’s becoming an addiction.
Both men and women are becoming totally addicted to having their gadgets on them, in their purse, brief case, car, bed, bathroom, everywhere. A stay home wife who’s spending most of her day on Facebook , Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, or other social networks, does get into severe confrontations with her husband who wants to connect with her after coming back from work and she continues to connect with everyone else except him. A dad who has the weekend to play with his children, gets glued to his iPad surfing and googling while still in bed that the morning hours flew by while his kids are splashing orange juice all over the kitchen floor!
I can tell you more stories about the isolation and detachment those gadgets have caused relationships and families to drift apart. All the gadgets and the technology genius breakthroughs are great to use in business and in connecting with friends and family who live away from us. But to send a text message to your wife who is in the next room to ask her about your brown striped socks, is not a healthy way of communicating. Convenient, maybe, but it’s putting walls around you. Face to face communication is still the number one form of successful connection between couples.
The Toys are an addiction that needs to be overcome. Managing your time and designating specific times to check your e-mail or your friend’s status on Facebook, is what you must do so you can protect your relationships and connect in a healthy way with your loved ones.