posted on Oct, 27 2015 @ 10:40 PM
(Have no idea what to do with this, but just wanted some additional insight and/or commentary)
Sometimes I like to talk things out with myself. Not like full blown conversations, but if I'm thinking about something in particular I like to
This one is just something I was kind of curious about because I had read a survey which said that the average child receives a mobile phone at age
seven. Yep, AGE-FREAKIN-SEVEN.
Now, barring the "when I was seven" comments...I can understand to a degree. The majority of parents state that it's for security reasons, which I
get. I get the concept. You want your child to be able to contact you in case emergencies, pretty standard stuff. Except for one little thing....
I'm sure we can all attest to the fact that teenagers seem to be prone to...well let's just say "less than responsible" behavior. This behavior is
actually GOOD for our species as a whole, from an evolutionary standpoint at least. You see, propagation of the species as a whole is actually the
driving imperative behind all that teenage risk taking. The young need to venture out away from the comfortable nest with reliable food and safety
measures to a less secure environment(to seek mates), conquer some obstacles, and just generally grow as an individual. All the while, they need to
feel secure and confident in their own ability to find a mate and overcome anything that may hinder their search. To gain that confidence, they will
need to have first overcome obstacles and understand that they do have the ability to get through it on their own without having this "well momma
feeds me" mentality.
I raised some baby ducklings not too long ago. My main concern for these ducks was that they would be able to survive in the wild on their own. Sure,
I fed them, but I limited what I gave them. I wanted them to go out and search, because they need to know that I'm not always going to be able to
take care of them...and it's the same with humans. I'm not saying starve your child, but it may be a good idea to limit your involvement,
particularly in the teenage years(which many parents already do).
My question though....
Am I thinking too much on this or? Are we really so involved in protecting our own offspring that we completely cut out one of the huge factors behind
the propagation of our species as a whole?