The Houston Chronicle ran a concerning article this past weekend titled, The End of The Book Culture. The article is based around an interview with author, Larry McMurtry who was making a public appearance in Houston. In the article Mr. McMurtry states
"...I don’t see kids reading. I think little kids love to have stories read to them, but when they get to 10 or 11 or 12, they run into this tsunami of technology: iPod, iPhone, Blackberries."
The article goes on to discuss how this lack of reading doesn't bode well for the future of our country.
Cause for Concern
We have 3 kids of our own and with regular interaction with their peers, I've observed how over-the-top many families have gotten as they embrace new technologies. Drive down the streets of any town in the evening and notice all the DVD players running as families drive from place to place. Listen to the kids talk with each other and realize how many of families keep gaming consoles in just about every room of their homes. Kids are immersed in technology from sunup to sundown. What I struggle to understand is why parents are encouraging this? What redeeming value does playing Super Smash Brothers or Halo for the 1000th time have?