You know you’re addicted when …


Today, I got around to reading an article I saved from The Washington Post. I saved it because the topic is related to my previous post, so I thought I’d write something about this as well.

Apparently, kids today (Gosh, that makes me sound like an old person when I’m not) are exploiting bugs in Apple’s software to subvert Screen Time limits that their parents put on their phones.

Personally, I can’t imagine growing up with a smart phone. I was jealous that my friends in high school had iPhones, but it wasn’t like I was begging my mother because I absolutely needed one.

Secondly, I am nowhere near tech savvy enough to find said bugs in software an exploit them. So, if I were in kids’ shoes today, I probably would’ve just put up with the restrictions and complained about the perceived injustice to my friends later.

I get it, I do

I totally understand where kids are coming from. Adolescence is the natural time in life to rebel because you think your parents and their rules are stupid because “everybody is doing” the thing you want to do. I didn’t really rebel all that much when I was coming up, but that’s a different story for another day.

At the same time, I can’t help but think that subverting the bugs is completely ridiculous. Who is desperate enough to take the time to figure that out? Definitely not me. At least, I don’t think I would be. Thankfully, I probably won’t ever have to find out.

If we’re talking about ridiculousness

I’d like to speak from my own experience for a minute. When I came home after graduating college at first, my mother thought I was so addicted to my phone that she took it away from me. Obviously, this didn’t feel fair at all, because I’m chronologically an adult, and I didn’t have any homework to do for the time being, so I didn’t see what the problem was. My mother has since given up that fight, which is a relief. However, if I had to guess, she threw in the towel because in here eyes, taking away my phone wasn’t going to change anything (read: cure my perceived addiction).

She still says I’m addicted to my phone all the time though. I’ve heard it so much she’s basically a broken record. Maybe she’d see things differently if she read the article. I highly doubt it though.


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