Tablet Addiction

By Omar Leo Tamayo

Most people are addicted to tablets without them knowing it. You might say that you are not but by the mere fact that you are holding one at least once a day makes you one.  You could see people with a tablet almost anywhere you go – corridor, canteens, malls, rooms and even the comfort room. Technology people really can think of creative ways on how to get people glued to their tablets. For all you know, every minute there is a new app made;  everyday there is a new gadget invented. And to top it all, people gets attracted to every new thing that is in store.

Honestly speaking, its hard to unhook yourself to something that is good and entertaining.  I, personally speaking, use my tablet at least once every 20 minutes.  But we have to see things from a bigger perspective.  Yes, it entertains us, we can do work anywhere with it, we could read our books anywhere with it but let us admit the fact that it limits time spent with family.  We might be with them physically but then we are hooked on our tablets.  It is far different from personally talking to them and discussing things with them.  It also impedes the pupils from studying well because every now and then they would have to go back to their games to check on the missions that are being given by Papa Smurf or to make sure that what they are cooking will not get spoiled or even to see if their friend has already leveled up in Candy Crush causing them to try to get a Sugar Crush on the level that they are stuck in.

Knowing that tablets have been a big part of everyone’s life today the big question is what should we do to make it not an impedance to success?  The best person, in reality, to answer this question is no less than ourselves.  We know the things that we should do – at work or in school; We know our deadlines and we know our capabilities in doing things and most importantly in controlling ourselves.

I remember when I was small.  My father used to lock (literally… those who are old would know this) our television set from Sunday afternoon until Friday morning so we could not watch television and focus on our studies.  Watching television is just a reward for a week’s hard work in school.  We could make use of this old practice by allowing ourselves to be rewarded by playing with our tablets only after we have studied or accomplished the things that we need to do for a specific day.  Parents could motivate their children to work on their assignments with excellence, check if they have done it well before allowing them to play with their tablets.  It is actually a covenant between you and yourself – you and your children.  At the end of the day, your happiness and satisfaction would depend on the accomplished tasks and the joy received after you have rewarded yourself with the use of the tablet.

Here are some more tips I got from my wife and other co-parents:

  1. Involve your children in sports camps.  This way, your children could develop themselves physically too.
  2. Make a schedule of activities:
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Story Book Reading
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Snacks
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Studying of lessons
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Doing of Homework
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Rest/Break (you may play with your toys/tablet)
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Studying of lessons / Doing of Homework