Pay Attention All the Time (S3: E2)

Parents of young children have an especially fraught relationship with their smartphones. On the one hand, these devices are indispensable tools for getting things done and staying connected to the adult world while in the midst of childcare. On the other hand, the culture is constantly telling parents, and particularly mothers, that they're too distracted by these devices, that smartphones are stealing precious attention away from our kids.

Untitled by  Sjoerd Lammers  via Flickr

Untitled by Sjoerd Lammers via Flickr

But the idea that parents should be focusing so much attention on their kids is itself a modern invention. In fact, our current understanding of parenthood and childhood is, in a very real way, the product of technology.


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