How I Lost My Kids to Technology (And Later Won Them Back)

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How I Lost My Kids to Technology (And Later Won Them Back)

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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still remember those days. We strolled in the park clutching each other’s hands. We snuggled together over cups of hot chocolate on winter mornings; summers were spent swimming or watching the latest blockbuster which would later be critiqued for flaws and strengths with the seriousness reserved for the national budget. We fell asleep in each other’s arms and rushed to seek each other out when parted for more than a couple of hours.

I am not talking about a torrid love affair from my past. I am referring to those creatures sitting in the dark corners of my house, subsisting on my food, depleting my bank balance, and staring into glowing screens that take them into worlds that I am too afraid to question them about. They grunt when I ask them a question and grimace in pain when I ask them to move. They are my teenage children.

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