Really! She wonders: how much screen time is too much?
Yesterday's off color blog post reflected the fierce Battle of Will that is Matron vs Stryker, specifically regarding screen time: iPod, cell phone, lap top and television, to be precise. He is a tiny bit engaged with Game but adores the art of Passive Entertainment.
Matron: "That's enough screens."
Stryker: "MOM! THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO DO!"
Matron: "I'll play scrabble with you."
Stryker: "NO. I don't feel like playing board games."
Matron: "Read a book?"
Stryker: "You always suggest reading. Can't you think of anything else other than reading?"
Matron: "Bake cookies?"
And so on. But the 'so on' frequently spirals into Accusation and Assault, both sides.
In his defense, the child attends a math and science magnet school where he is an A and A + student. He has friends aplenty and Social Organizations like Little League and Computer Club. Turning the corner toward 13, he reads as well as the Matron and enjoys that, too. So there's good stuff.
But outside of that realm, all he cares about is Screen.
He's not alone. In his very fine (she's jealous but do check out his five factors) book, Boys Adrift, psychologist Leanord Sax posits that young men are not living up to their potential -- in part, video games are to blame. The Matron might see this more broadly as Screen and the passivity and inertia said sqaures inspire.
The group dropping like flies at the Matron's community college? Young men ages 18-24, although this academic duly notes poverty as an element here, as well. (Over 40% of the Matron's student experience poverty while in school)
But she is specificially worried about her firstborn, who is, like all eldest, is destined to be the great Battlefield of first attempts and new territories. Screen time!? How to nagivate with teens? Besides being friends with him on Facebook (she is!).