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This mother's Facebook experiment asks parents to put the phones down

The message about losing yourself in technology is ironically going viral.

EXPERIMENTS ON FACEBOOK can be hit-or-miss. This mother’s intentions weren’t to get likes and shares but, that’s exactly what’s happening.

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Mother of two boys, Brandie Wood, took to Facebook to describe how she had conducted an experiment related to how some parents use technology to show off their kids achievements, when they should really be there for them in the moment instead.

So, instead of keeping her head in the social network, she marked off how many times her sons looked at her for approval when they did a ‘cool trick’ or see a reaction.

She counted 28 times.

I couldn’t help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending?
28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them. 28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters.

She continues:

In a world where we are accepted as who people perceive us to be and not who we really are, in a world where validation comes from how many followers or likes we have, in a world where quality time with loved ones is being replaced by isolation and text messages from the other room, I beg you to be different.
The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don’t be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending.

Somewhat ironically, the post has blown up on social media, with over 72,000 people sharing the message since it was posted last week.

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