Comedian, actor and writer Louis C.K. explained why his kids can’t have smartphones on Conan, reminding all adults about the philosophical problem posed by these new devices. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

As a parent, I think my daughter should be able to use smartphones, but not have her own until she is much older. Salon collected this quote from the video:

Some parents really struggle with, ‘All the other kids have the terrible thing, so my kids have to … You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing anything. That’s what the phones are taking away … The ability to just sit there. That’s being a person.