Last week, I shared the story of how we raised our teen daughter without a smartphone. I know that seems completely counter-cultural and perhaps even impossible, but we did it, she survived and we have all lived to tell about it! Each time I share this story with others, the same sorts of questions come up. Below are the FAQs I hear in regards to raising a teenager without a smartphone:
Does she feel that she has been left out?
No! If she was “left out” she never knew it; her peers on social media felt much more left out than she ever felt. She didn’t have the large numbers of virtual social media “friends” in high school like most of her classmates, but she said she had deep friendships, which many young people today don’t have. She never missed a party she was invited to because she didn’t know about it. She had texting on her basic phone. She maintained a very healthy, active social life with different friend groups. She also says that many of her friends came to her for social media drama advice because they know that she was an unbiased third party. The only time that she felt left out was when her friends would come over and spend their time looking and laughing at their phones when she was sitting right there in front of them.
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by Melanie Hempe, BSN