Instant communications are commonplace. We’re attached to a cellular device and have access to electronic communications 24/7. It’s super convenient (when we’re getting service or wifi <ahem… Sprint… ahem), but does that mean we need to answer EVERY single call, text, email, or social media message when they come in? Whatever happened to these being convenient devices to communicate versus "you-need-to-respond-to-me-right-away-because-I-need-something-now"?
Enter Sharon Standifird, a frustrated mother who was sick and tired of her children ignoring her texts and phone calls.
“We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it."
Now any parent can lock their child's phone with "Ignore No More,” forcing them to call the parent for the password. But don’t worry, they can still make calls to emergency services or a shortlist of approved contacts. I can see how this can be an attractive app for parents (and overly attached psycho significant others), but is this the right answer?
Now before I continue on, let me openly state that I do not have any children and I’m sure most parents would argue that I have no idea what I’m talking about. That being said, we all have our opinions and this is just my viewpoint on the subject. I think the main problem here is that the mother would rather resort to technology to force responses/replies instead of talking to her children about the real problems. Maybe her kids are just being the rebellious teens that kids tend to be. Maybe there’s a reason they didn’t answer her call at the time and simply forgot to reply (it happens). OR maybe they simply do not want to talk their mom because they think she’s overbearing and controlling. Whatever the reason, she should talk to her kids first and work out a reasonable solution. This app just doesn’t seem conducive to a healthy relationship.
“Thank you for calling. I’m sorry I missed your call, but please leave me a message after the tone and I’ll return your call at MY earliest convenience. If I haven’t answered your call, I may be busy or didn’t hear the ringer. If not that, I may just not want to talk to you.”