How Chat Apps Are Saving Dads Sanity

By Ben Hamill - January 23 2020
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Father and Child

It is said that technology may be taking our jobs but that at the same time, in a truly ironic twist of fate, only technology can save them. It’s all about balancing the good with the not-so-good. But it’s a balancing act of time vs. tech that has left many of us in a position of conflict. We purposefully leave our smartphones out of the kitchen in order to spend time with our families. Time spent with our kids outranks the need to spend time on the phone, and really, that’s the way it should be too. But there’s another side to the story; there always is. And this is because of the dual nature of pretty much every beast or blessing known to man.

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When used effectively, technology can be a lifesaver. Being able to share on a platform not necessarily revealing the quiver in a parent’s voice when the graces of parenthood become overwhelming and failure seems but the turn of single doorknob away, is value that money simply cannot buy. And lo and behold, it has nothing to do with generic statements posted to platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Instead, its chat apps like WhatsApp that are proving to be a lifeline to especially dads.

The Weight And Joy Of Fatherhood

It’s true that the challenges of parenthood are daunting to both men as well as women. Being a good mother is no easy task, after all. But more often than not, the dads are shouldering the bulk of the load. Even in-depth research has attested to the fact that dads are in grave danger of ageing alone. Divorce, death, these are all realities that impact the mental health of men. Dads may not constantly voice these concerns, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

The fact that its by their very wiring more difficult for a man to discuss intensely personal emotions like self-doubt and grave worry with other men has made the situation to be all the more dire. But who better to understand the concerns and fears of one dad, than another dad in a similar situation?

The Safety To Engage

Chat groups like those made possible by chat apps like WhatsApp and are making it possible for dads to share with one another details about their personal struggles that they would rarely, if ever, have the liberty of discussing face to face. And of course, engaging with one another in a chatroom is no replacement for personal contact over a campfire or a beer with a few friends at the bar. But what chatrooms do offer are places of “safety”; moments of engagement when a raw and honest response is the only appropriate reaction.

We’re a species geared at connection, after all. Even dads are.

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