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Confessions of a Former Gamer

I like the game of Sorry! I enjoy a game of cards! I really like Candyland, but only like Monopoly for a maximum of 30 minutes.

I just finished reading “My Son is a 12 Year Old Technology Addict,” an article published by the Washington Post on technology addiction. After reading, I started thinking about my own gaming habits from youth and beyond, and I realized that I like games that I can start and finish in a short amount of time!

Back in the day, I played some Atari and enjoyed a few games on the Commodore 64. I even played Pong (I know, boring!). The most addicted I ever was to a game had to be the Pac-Man machine at the bowling alley. I loved playing Pac-Man… munching inky, blinkie and pinkie… eating those flashing pieces of fruit… hanging out with my friends. Even today, I have an Asteroids machine in my basement, but I rarely play! Our Wii hasn’t been played in three-four years and the only game I have played on my phone is Family Feud.

So, why am I not a gamer? Why don’t I like games on my phone? Why don’t I have Facebook? Why don’t I enjoy “surfing the internet” for deals? The answer is… I really don’t know. I am not adverse to any of these things, but I just don’t make the time to hang out with technology like many of my friends and family do. My own children enjoy their phones, but take after me and rarely spend a great deal of time on devices or games, but as we introduced devices to our children, the “fear” of technology addiction led us to create a short list of boundaries, just in case we were to need them.

1) All phones must be charged on the kitchen counter each night (no phones upstairs or in bedrooms)

2) No iPad or computer usage in areas that are not family spaces (like the living room, kitchen, and basement areas)

3) No televisions in the kids’ bedrooms (I like the family to watch TV and movies together)

I definitely do not have all the answers, and I know I don’t know all the questions, but I would encourage you to read the Washington Post article and make sure your family is spending quality time together. Moderation is the key to life…make sure your children are spending ample time unplugged!

Posted by M. McDaniel in Message from the Head on Friday July, 31, 2015
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