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I love Apple.

it's making restaurants more enjoyable. By turning kids into wired zombies.

Real life example:

I saw a large group out at dinner. it had to be more than one family or they would have been accompanied by a Bravo camera crew. There were three dads, a handful of moms, a chowder of older people and a splash of younger kids. Two boys, about 8 years old, were talking. Nothing wrong, nothing bad. One of the dads hands one of the boys an iPhone to play with. Kid one is now in the tentacles of the ubiquitous attention sucking iSquid, lulled by the new and improved Angry Bird Space-Forest-Ski Resort app.

Dad two, father of kid two, not to be outdone, hands his kid an iPad.

Now there are two kids completely absorbed by screens. Connected to the technology, disconnected from each other, disconnected from anyone else. Game over for the social without the media. They might as well have been on different planets.

My kid, on the other hand, is the one dancing around the restaurant. High energy, sitting challenged.

The good thing is, the other families out at dinner are sitting together and each looking at their own screens, so absorbed, they don't even notice. The same thing goes for more than a few couples on dates.

Dance away, dear daughter, but not near anyone carrying hot soup or plates.

She once asked me why I don't have an iPad and she listed the parents she knows who have one. I replied which do you prefer, riding a bike, or playing on the computer? Bike, she said. Do you prefer painting and drawing on paper or the computer? Paper, she said. And she answered her own question.

Kids now they're learning to read, write, count and add on iPads. They play games, watch TV and movies on it. They're even the new coloring books and paper dolls.

Technology. it creates an interesting detachment from the physical world. The smart phones and pads are frames for a primarily visual experience, devoid of tactility. Is drag and drop really a substitute for cutting paper with scissors or mixing flour and water for paper mache?

More importantly, will my kid fit in or be left behind becasue of her level of interest in technology? Or because I teach her math from a book that she writes in with a pencil? Or because she'll know what a pencil is? Or a fountain pen. It's an interesting question.

I'll keep watching. And not via Skype.

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