Yeah, now I think I've seen it all. Although I know there's more coming. In this fast paced world of advanced technology, we are getting wired as we go wireless and we want to be looking at a screen every waking moment. Heck - I fully expect to someday watch television as I sleep, via electrodes adhered strategically to my cranium in lieu of my subconscious supplying those pesky dreams I'd just have to interpret anyway.
The latest and greatest thing some of us won't be able to live without is the iPotty. That's right; your potty training child now has the option of parking their tush on the bowl while surfing the net, watching cartoons, reading and playing educational games (of course). Who says taking a crap can't be entertaining and productive too? And hey - no more dropping Mommy and Daddy's phones into the drink, right?
Before we get to the obvious stupidity of this, how about the gross factor? Do we really want our own devices left up to the little feces riddled fingers of our potty training progeny? Disgusting!
Oh, contrare...they've thought of everything. There is a protective covering to guard against excremental...uh...issues. Great. Now that we've got that covered, what about the extended screen time?
I am definitely not uptight about TV or video gaming as I mentioned in this post, but cripes! In a world full of screens: in grocery store lines, on the backs of car and plane seats, in restaurants - practically everywhere - do we really need to plant our kids in front of another one in the bathroom? Yeah...I take my iPad and iPhone in there with me...but that's a choice. I'm a big girl now, it's my potty and I'll surf if I want to. I've got important emails, Scrabble games and Facebooking to do. But my kid? Does my kid need Dora in there with him shouting "Wiper, start wiping!"? God, if I have to hear that little turd's voice one more time anyway...
Here's another thing: It's hard enough to get my husband out of the can, what with his entire library of old school reading selections, but now we're raising a whole new generation of loo loiterers? I dunno...maybe it's that reverse "me" time that we as parents need. Instead of hiding in the bathroom, we can hang out on the couch while they enjoy a bit of unfettered fecal time.
Still, I think it's just stupid gimmickry. I used to have a stroller that featured an iPod dock. That's not why I got it, but I was pretty stoked thinking I could pop my pod in there and listen to Baby Mozart while strolling dreamily through the park with my tot in tow. And you know what? I never used it. Not once. By the time I gave the stroller away, I was searching high and low to find the adapter parts so I could pass them along to somebody else who'd never use them.
Because as much as I love being entertained, as much as I admit I've got music or the TV on A LOT around the house or out in the great wide open, I don't know that we really need this mind blowing twenty first century greatest thing since sliced bread awesomeness.
Question: Do the kiddies need an Apple to help them take a crapple?
What do you think? Do you think it's useful? Kinda dumb? Should we just put a lid on the whole idea? Or do you just wish they'd make 'em for us grown ups?