WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A warning from a West Hartford mother after she says her rush to get an email almost cost her daughter her life. And now her blog about what happened has spread all over the internet.
A West Hartford mother's blog confession has gone viral. Jennifer Meer told Good Morning America that she put her daughter in the bath and heard the email ping on her iPad. She answered the email and when she got back, her daughter was slumped against the tub fast asleep.
"I felt like I couldn't breathe. If I had taken the time to answer one more email, or squeeze in one more thing, it haunts me to think about what could have happened," said Meer.
The mother told her story of multi-tasking, living in the digital world, trying to get others to see the light.
Marialice Curran teaches digital citizenship at the University of Saint Joseph.
"Our device has become another extension of our body. It's become another limb. If you watch, people aren't present anymore," said Curran.
How far is too far? How about putting the phone by your bed so you can answer texts while you are sleeping. It happens more often than you would think.
"I don't mind waking up but I would rather sleep through the night. I answer them all the time in the middle of the night and then I just go back to bed," said Tyler Burdick, West Hartford.
Jennifer Meer says she is telling her story to prevent tragedies and it was a wake up call for students in Curran's class.
"This particular story bring it to our attention, but it seems like the kind of thing that could happen to anyone these days. The way that people lose focus at any moment," said Alison Perry, West Hartford.
"You don't have to capture every single little memory. I don't have to look at the world through my device anymore. Leave it at home, be present," said Curran.
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