Pretty typical picture isn’t it? Not just for teen boys, but for everyone. Seems like all of us are spending major amounts of time staring at screens these days – not just phones, but iPads, computers, video games, and TV’s. It’s to the point where it is getting a little scary. I never drive to work without seeing people messing with their phones on the FREEWAY! That is terrifying and I think it makes a good case for the addictiveness of these little doohickies.
If you took a typical family and measured their total screen time for a week. I don’t think there would be much doubt as to who would be the hands-down winner for screen time – the teenaged boy.
Teen boys seem to have an unusual affinity for video games, particularly violent, action-packed ones. As the parent of three boys of greatly varying ages, I’m a pretty good test case for this phenomenon.
My stepson (my bonus son) is 33, so he can remember a time before cell phones and personal computers. But he’s also my biggest gamer. He spent a lot of time with his grandparents. Unfortunately, they indulged him in a lot of gaming options and abundant free time to use them. My two grandsons (14 and 12) are equally addicted. It makes me sad because they are usually playing games on the computer within seconds of rolling out of bed.
My middle son is 26, so he grew up in the heart of the PC and cell phone era. So he’s pretty techy, but not overly so. We had moved away from the grandparents by the time he was old enough for games, so we were a lot more controlled about gaming time while growing up. But once he moved into his own apartment and later got married. The limits were gone so his game time increased exponentially.
My youngest is 17. He can’t ever remember a time when cell phones and laptops were not a staple in his life. We have been the strictest of all with his game time. There have been several times when he has been without a gaming system at all (the horror!). It would break so we just wouldn’t replace it until he earned the money for a few one. I’m delighted that of the three, he is the least inclined to play games. He does do some PC gaming and he plays his Xbox for a few hours per week, but not necessarily daily.I think we can all agree teen boys spend TOO much time on games Click To Tweet
Here is my opinion on electronics in general and video games in particular. I dislike video games intensely. I think they are undoubtedly addictive, and I think we should minimize the time our kids spend playing with them.
I also think other types of screens are addictive – hence the cell phone on the freeway phenomenon. But on the other hand, I can’t rule out the possibility that I’m just as addicted to them as anyone else. When you are running a social media empire (ha!) like I am. You do end up spending a massive amount of time on your computer and your phone – it’s just the nature of the beast.
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