Interesting discussion:"Hope Hughes, a stay-at-home mom, was at a playground near her Chicago home with her daughter, then four, when she heard a thunk—the sound, she says, of a young boy hitting his head on equipment. She says she comforted the boy as his head swelled and he bent over, throwing up. She says about eight minutes passed before a woman she had seen using a mobile device nearby noticed what was happening and came over. It was the boy's nanny. "She was texting or surfing or something and wasn't paying any attention," Ms. Hughes says."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044477240457758...
How is this different than a parent who is reading a book, a magazine, or watching television? Or having a conversation? Or simply not paying attention? Why is this so much more interesting because someone is pointing at a device? GSF
How is this different than a parent who is reading a book, a magazine, or watching television? Or having a conversation? Or simply not paying attention? I think the difference is that many people say they are not distracted while texting.I've never noticed anyone reading a book or magazine or watching TV while driving a car, however people are constantly getting caught texting and driving.So people think they are paying attention, they think they are only looking down for a couple seconds, not minutes. I think this is the rub. This is what causes the drama. You think you are mostly paying attention, but you are not. I wouldn't read a book if I was watching my son by a pool because I know might miss something bad, but of course I wouldn't miss something if I was just firing off a couple texts.Ford
I've never noticed anyone reading a book or magazine or watching TV while driving a car,I once passed someone on the highway who was driving around 65mph and reading a book.I've seen lots of folks with a GPS mounted to their windshield that they are looking at while driving, something which I personally find very distracting, so if I'm using a GPS, it's the one on my phone where it tells me the directions so that I don't have to look at it at all.I agree with the previous poster that people get distracted with all sorts of things, and I just find texting to be another distraction, but I am not convinced that it is worse than other distractions. It is just different.
Shouldn't this thread be titled, "The Perils of Texting instead of Working"?Last I checked, performing a job as a nanny is not the same as being the child's parent.
"Why is this so much more interesting because someone is pointing at a device?"Lots of discussion these days about how distracting electronic devices are, that's all. I thought some parents might be interested. Perhaps not. I don't text anybody because my Tracfone for some reason won't send a text and I can't figure out why. I did some Google searching and it sounded way to complicated to diagnose and I can't be bothered. For other reasons, I've told the few people who have my cell number to not bother sending me a text message for 2 reasons:- my phone is usually buried in my briefcase and I can't hear it if it rings or beeps;- our office building has some kind of sheilding and the phones don't work in here;But I do understand that for some people, their texting ability is a lifeline, so this may have more relevance to them.
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