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Lives in Screens

Updated on July 24, 2017

The Age of Technology

I got inspired the other day to write a poem about how most of our lives are lived in front of screens. From our smartphones, to tablets, to computers and our televisions, more and more we find ourselves in front of some sort of screen. Now granted, I am more guilty of this now that I am older, but when I was a kid I spent most of my time outside. I feel kids now are more concerned about the newest video game or the latest app and they are losing out on their youth. I still try to make sure my niece and nephew spend time outside playing sports or focusing more on arts and crafts, instead of spending most of their time in front of some kind of screen for entertainment.

I also think it is funny when I go out for a drink with friends how many people are behind their phone screens and not engaging in conversations with their peers. We rely so much on this new and addictive technology, that we forget what it truly means to just enjoy someone's company.

What happened to watching sunsets

Or gazing out at the stars

What happened to actually having conversations

When going out with friends to the bars

Why aren't the kids playing outside all day

Getting dirty, playing games and or acting in a made up play

Entertaining yourself is to easy now that we have screens

We come absorb with many of the internet memes

I miss those late conversations that went into the night

Or the talks we had until the very first break of light

Playing outside and riding bikes until we saw dusk

Exploring new territory was what we would lust

Hiking deep and seeing what lived in the woods

Collecting treasures that others may though were no good

Technology is our source of entertainment now

Glued to screens we seem to worship and bow

I am glad my childhood was screen free and full of fun

Adventures and my memories will always run

Through my mind and not someone else's image

I created a child hood that seemed to have no limit


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    • Fullerman5000 profile image

      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I remember playing pong Mary. Sounds like your childhood was a pretty exciting one. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Wickison 7 months ago from Brazil

      Times have indeed changed. Where I spent my days up a tree, wrestling with the neighborhood kids on the front lawn, or bike riding, the kids of today are either behind a screen or in an organized and scheduled activity.

      If you took those gadgets away, I wonder how many could survive even a day without them.

      It is sad. However, this will be their childhood they will look back on and love.

      I remember playing a game called 'Pong' it was a simulated tennis game. I thought, "this will never catch on"! Needless to say, I was wrong.

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      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      That's the kind of childhood you should have Flourish. Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      I echo these concerns. Growing up, we did a lot of games, climbed in trees, went walking in the woods, and built snow forts in winter.

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      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Clive I am afraid you are right and that app might be a money maker so hang on to that idea. Thanks for checking this article my friend.

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      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Haha, I hear and see your points Linda. Man so much has changed. I am just glad I had that kind of childhood where I was always on the move. Thanks for stopping by

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Ryan, I think it's so sad that we are forgetting how to actually have a conversation with someone, and kids are forgetting how to play. Interactive games might help develop "some" parts of the brain, but there seems to be no place for imagination. When I was growing up we made forts with blankets and played in the mud and played make believe.

      And then we wonder why more than half of the population is overweight if not obese? OK, I'll quit now. I'm starting to sound like the old fuddy-duddy that I am.

      Great hub and poem.

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      Clive Williams 7 months ago from Jamaica

      Those days are long gone pal. If you want to play ball these days, there is a game to cover that. I am surprise they haven't built an app in the phone that suppresses pee and poo when you feel the urge!

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      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Kickball was our sport of choice back then. I miss playing sports with the neighborhood kids. I rarely see kids out playing anymore. Check Amazon Angel, you might strike a deal with a bundle of something. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      Angel Guzman 7 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I remember having a Sega Genesis growing up but even so I loved riding my bike and playing baseball in the neighborhood. The other day I was sad at Dick's Sporting Goods seeing the prices on the baseball equipment. I want a new bat and glove but for someone just getting by with two kids I can't make that $300 purchase :( I want to, lol.