Something that I've seen more and more of recently is pre-teen/early-teen bloggers. Have you been noticing these blogs cropping up?
It makes me wonder: is it just because this generation of kids were all born after the technology boom, and have never experienced life without it? The generation that doesn't think twice about everyone in their family having an iPhone 5 or tablet? About never having to worry about not being able to "talk and surf at the same time"?
A few months ago, I was having brunch with my family, and at the table next to us, a dad and his son sat down to wait for the mom and sister before ordering. The dad pulls out his smartphone to browse, and the 10 year old kid opens the case to an iPad, which he props on the table less than a foot away from his face. Neither speak to each other. About fifteen minutes passes before the mom and daughter show up, who then proceed to do the same thing that the dad and son did. Hardly any words were spoken between them the entire time they were there.
I was flabbergasted. Is this what 'family time' has come to mean? Maybe all getting together in the evening to instant message one another from across the room, or write joint blog posts? Maybe blogging's become the new form of writing in a diary. As someone who blogs regularly, and knows how much of your time it takes up, I can't help but wonder about how the amount of screentime will affect them later in life. When I was that age, the only time I was allowed on the computer was if I needed it for homework. Otherwise, it was reading, playing catch, boardgames, coloring, etc.
Although I love blogging and have nothing against fellow bloggers (however young they are), I think there's something to be said for 11-, 12-, 13-year-olds learning about the world outside of a screen.
Let's hear it: what do you think about these kid bloggers?