Technology And Usage During Dinner Time

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Technology and millennials are like peanut butter and jelly. They are synonymous with each other. Millennials have grown up with so much technology that this generation is also known as the “information generation.” This generation has had technology at every toss and turn in their lives. Technology comes in many forms that range from smart phones to tablets to televisions. Many households throughout the last decade have changed. Homes now have more technology than ever. Technology is no longer just in the family rooms, or bedrooms. It is also in the kitchens and is often times within easy reach or viewing of a dinner table. This does not change when it is time to enjoy a meal. It is becoming increasingly worse, “more than one in three…show more content…
Meier and Musick suggest that the blame does not fall on millennials, but the parents. Parents are held accountable for several reasons, the first is that parents are the ones who purchase the gadgets and give permission for them to be used. Parents have the power in this relationship that is why families must be educated on the pitfalls of technology.
I agree with Annie Murphy Paul, a writer for the magazine, Good House Keeping point that parents are responsible for children’s usage of technology. In Paul’s article she cited a study that was reported by the American Journal of Epidemiology which reported that “while half of parents surveyed in a 2010 study said they always or often set limits on screen time, 18 percent of their kids really disagreed” (Paul). This highlights a key discrepancy between parents and children. In the eyes of children parents do not restrict children enough. This is exactly what Alessondra Villegas, a researcher at Fordham University, states in her journal. She claims that parents must be able to develop clear rules and that parents must also be firm with the boundaries that are set forth (Villegas 2-3). In Villegas’s research she found that parents use technology to watch their children. Villegas concluded that, “on average, mothers claim to use the television as a babysitter for at least one hour a day,” (6). Her work , which was published in the New York State Communication Association later goes on to say that television
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