NFR Just an Observation

Porter

Active Member
#1
Technology......When I was a younger I had dogs and cats around me. I use to to talk to...maybe confess to them about certain things, but mostly gave them some time, and appreciated their time ..... Are kids today giving them the attention they need ...or are the smart phones, PS3's, electronics, etc. getting in the way of that bond......from my limited observations its not the same. I have seen a few strange things with pets lately from my friends kids....
 

Porter

Active Member
#3
I really feel that is not that far off in some certain capacity:eek: I don't know but de-attachment is becomeing an issue....the ability to communicate without internet and phone (texting) is becoming a past time. I dread when my 18 yar-old talks on the phone...it is actually painful at times. The art of conversation is being lost. The art of being is being lost.
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#4
Porter,
With a 25 and a 22 year old myself I know what you mean. They're old enough to have missed this perplexing "dilemma" you and I observe, but not by enough to not have been heavily influenced by it.
They do still say "hi" to the dog when they come home for a visit though. And as long as they still come to visit there's hope.
Hang in there!
 

Steve Call

Active Member
#5
Interesting observation. My son's are 30 and 26, both love dogs and to a lesser extent cats and demonstrate that human to animal/pet connection. At the same time, they're also obsessed with their phones and computers.
 
#6
Actually - a guy could get a virtual pet pretty easily. They've been around for a while. Maybe kids don't like putting the time into a pet anymore
 

Krusty

Active Member
#8
Both of my children are grownups who' have blessed us with grandchildren...some of which are teenagers. Fortunately they all live pretty close, so we get to see them all the time. The whole bunch loves being connected to the world way beyond anything we had when we were young, but I'm not seeing anything different in their relationships with their various family animals...they have a bunch of them just like we always had....and they get plenty of attention.

I see the teenagers tend to pay increasing interest to the opposite sex....but I distinctly remenber being quite a bit less interested in pretty much everything (even fishing and hunting!) back in the day when I was chasing young ladies around.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#9
Both of my granddaughters wanted dogs. So we gave them dogs. Now I have two dogs that want and need my attention. The girls can't be bothered with the dogs anymore so they now come to me for attention and loving. The dogs that is. I feed and water them and clean up after them, which doesn't bother me at all.

But when the dogs pass on that is all.
 

rory

Go Outside
#10
It is funny that you pose the question on a forum. This technology wasn't around back when we only had cats and dogs to talk to.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#12
Well when you were out on a river, you had the fish to cuss at.
No, back in those days, I had fishing buddies who always had to get home early, especially when the fish were bitin, for a variety of bullshit reasons....to cuss at.

Stupid SOBs are mostly all dead now...and caused me to miss out on some good fishin, until I got bright enough to always have control of the vehicle. I wouldn't leave unless they had convincing proof of a heart attack.....no 'suddenly remembered kid's birthdays'....or football games they had to see....shoulda thought about that shit before they climbed in my rig.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#13
I agree with your thinking here Porter. It sure seems to me that children today are becoming too socially isolated. Pets, particularly dogs, provide a form of interaction with another living thing that expresses emotion. This is not something the virtual world can offer...at least in a meaningful way.

I'm pretty certain when that final bell rings, and my life's worth of memories scrolls by, I'll remember all my canine friends and none or very few of the social media ones.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#14
I agree with your thinking here Porter. It sure seems to me that children today are becoming too socially isolated. Pets, particularly dogs, provide a form of interaction with another living thing that expresses emotion. This is not something the virtual world can offer...at least in a meaningful way.

I'm pretty certain when that final bell rings, and my life's worth of memories scrolls by, I'll remember all my canine friends and none or very few of the social media ones.
Nope...mainly you'll be thinkin 'bout "When's that damned nursing assistant gonna change that big load in my grampers"?
 

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