At a local parent support group outside of a Daycare centre, a group of concerned parents gather around a power point to charge their phones and talk about their latest parenting concern – that their toddlers love their iPads more than them.
“I just don’t know how this could happen,” said concerned parent, O. Blivious, 32. “I don’t know where I have gone wrong as a parent,” she says as plays a game of Words with Friends mid-conversation.
As the rest of the group stare at and type on their phones, the pause in conversation sees at least one of them look up from their device.
“Yeah, me too. Who could have foreseen this?” asked I. Rony, 27, as O. Blivious immediately stopped paying attention to everyone else and returned to staring at her phone.
An elderly gentlemen in the vicinity couldn’t help overhearing and chimed in with what he thought was sage advice.
“You need to take those bloody phone things off them and spend some quality time with your kids,” said Hesa Right, 76. The interjection of human contact doesn’t sit well with the group, and the parents all hunch over and stare harder at their phones, leaving Mr Right to continue his walk in the park with his grandson.
“I dunno. Maybe I just need to install different apps?” contemplated Clu Less, 33. “Or better yet, friend them on Facebook so we can spend more quality time together!”
For a brief moment the entire group look up and smile, before returning to their natural state of ignoring everyone to tap on and stare at their phones.
For now, kids bonding more with their iPads than their parents will remain an unsolved mystery. If you are concerned your child is addicted to their devices, there’s is a 24-hour chat line you can log into.