Teresa M. Pelham
3:47 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
“If the Breakfast Club took place today, all those kids would just be silently texting about their shitty Saturday and never make friends with each other.”
This quote popped up on my Facebook feed the other day and for some reason I keep thinking about it. (Maybe the reason is that I’ve seen the movie about 724 times, and recently made my children sit through it.)
But it really is a kick in the pants, isn’t it? Even though we’re comparing a movie with reality, a mismatched group of kids in school today would probably not have enough down time to make such connections with each other.
It’s not just kids, of course. Lots of us grown-ups pull out our smartphones as soon as we realize we have a moment to spare: In waiting rooms, at soccer practice, standing in the grocery line.Do you think the novelty of having the internet at our fingertips will wear off? My guess is yes. Many of us have discovered that it’s actually more enjoyable to watch our kids’ games when we know the score.