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You are all aware of my dislike of earbuds. I believe that the constant use of them is a danger. A couple of weeks back, I was riding my bicycle on the trail along the Finch Hydro Corridor. There was a young woman ahead of me. I started ringing my bell to alert her of my presence. There was no response.
I decided to stop the bicycle and talk to her. She seemed to understand my concern about the danger of not being able to hear what is going on around her. I wonder whether she changed her practice.
A related matter has piqued my interest. When my children were still in the stroller, Jennifer and/or I would take them out for a walk. We did not have cell phones. We did not have text capability. I used to narrate the walk to the kids.
I watch now. People are out with the strollers. One hand is pushing the stroller. The other has the phone in hand and is doing whatever with the phone. No one talks with the child in the stroller.
I wonder what the implications for speech development are in this regard. Kids learn to speak by hearing what is going on around them. If parents are reading texts and e-mail and not talking to their children, there is crucial developmental time that is lost.
Have a good evening.