We went to the cinema to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 some times ago. As usual, before the movie started, there were some advertisements. There was this one advertisement that really caught my attention. It was about a broadband service provider that claimed to be for everyone at home. When you were using this broadband service provider, they would install it in the living room and in the bedroom so everyone could go online at the same time. The kids would be watching videos on the Ipads and play games together while daddy surfed the net. The mother would be watching TV from her laptop and the big sister could do some browsing in her gadget. The motto was: “Super fast speed on multiple devices and everyone’s happy.” It did look like a perfect happy family……………..
This ad really made me think hard…………… I am not going to comment on the provider or the advertisement because we are using this provider’s service too at home and we are quite happy with the service.
Truth to be told, that is what happening in most family nowadays. You can see in many families, each person is busy in front of their own gadget even when they are all together for meal time. We can be in the same room for hours without even talking to one another, am I right? Is it the ideal family situation that we want to achieve? Although the answer is no, but still we can’t avoid it 100%.
We feel that we are disconnected with the outside world when we are not looking to our gadget for just few minutes, and even our children are already taught of how to use gadgets since they are in very young age. Honestly, there is nothing wrong about it depends on how everyone sees the situation, but somehow deep down in my heart I disagree with how today’s families spend their time together. For me, it is important that we are not busy with our gadgets when we’re dining together (except only to take photos), and it is very important too that my kid can play well with his friends without any gadget involvement at all……………..but then again, every family has their own values, so it is up to each one of them to decide what’s best for the family.
Honestly, my family is not gadget free but hopefully we are not going to be gadget freak (too obsessed with gadget). This post is also a good reminder for me of how we spend our togetherness as a family, especially when I am too lazy to go out for outdoor activities.