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My grandsons and my daughter spent the weekend with my wife and me.
At least their bodies were at our house in Wimberley.
Their minds were far, far away.
Both spent most of their time on the couch doing things on their iPads.
The boys are 14 and 9.
That's right, each one has an iPad.
And their mom has an iPhone.
She doesn't have an iPad or a Kindle ... yet. But, she will. She has returned to college, and she anticipates needing one to download texts and other materials.
The oldest grandson says he will use his in the fall because the school district is going to e-textbooks.
Wow. How the world has changed in just the last three years.
Back in those dark days of 2010, only 3 percent of American adults owned a tablet computer.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported today that right now about 34 percent of adults own a tablet.
Doesn't say how many kids, a lot of whom are getting iPads or Kindles through their schools. (My daughters says the Clear Lake school district patrons approved a bond issue to help buy iPads for every child.)
I'm not complaining, actually. If the boys hadn't been on their iPads, they would have been gone anyway -- playing outside, watching TV, reading. They don't suffer their grandparents kindly.
That's just kids.
--Carroll Wilson, circulation librarian