Gap In Communication…Or A New Way To Communicate?

As a FB user, texter, IM’er, and blogger I know that I log more hours in on the computer (outside of work) than my children do. However, my 13 year old daughter now has a cell phone and I am sure she will catch up to me rather quickly (even with the strict limitations we have set for her).

Children are using cell phones, IM’s, and FB at a younger age now than ever before. Part of this reason is that we didn’t have these communication tools when we were their age, and the other part is because technology is the future. With that said, is this new age of technology hindering communication and face-to-face communication? According to How Texting Changes the Way Kids Communicate, it is not. Most kids using this technology actually use it to relieve some of the awkwardness of being a teenager, to set up plans with friends, and to keep in touch with Mom and Dad while out with friends. This article also says that kids tend to text parents more, and parents like the ability to communicate with their kids at any time.

I have to admit that even though I really, really, really didn’t want my daughter to have a cell phone, I do like the fact that I can reach her when she’s out and I like the fact that she can reach me in case there is an emergency (don’t tell my husband, though!). I am also the first person she texts after school, which makes me feel special! Not only does she keep in contact with her friends and us (her parents), but she’s also able to build a stronger relationship with one of her grandfather’s, who happens to live in another state. Without texting she wouldn’t have that constant communication or relationship. 

Personally, I think that technology is enhancing the way we communicate, how often we communicate, and how we communicate in general. While there are some downsides to technology, I have found that in my life, the upside greatly outweigh the downside. Besides, this really is the future. How can we ignore something that is inevitable? We simply can’t. I know so many people who fought and fought getting a computer when they began to become popular; the same is true for email, cell phones, and even gaming consoles (I was one of those with the gaming consoles…we have gone through several and have now have a Wii). As our world evolves, so must we.

How has technology changed your way of communicating with friends and family?

2 comments

  1. Great post Kristy! I totally agree with you, and I have a bit of a hard time understanding why some still resist new technology. I realize it's difficult sometimes to set limits on kids with their constant texting, computer use and gaming, but it can be done. I can't imagine MY life without a cell phone or computer…I can manage my time so much better, and the easy access to information, as well as the ability to keep in touch with people I care about it really great. The only thing I don't like is when people constantly interrupt conversations, meals or whatever socializing time to take calls or check/send messages. I find that very rude unless it's a one time deal and something's going on at work, etc. so the interruptions can't be helped. Oh, and I'm sorry for purists, but I get very uncomfortable if I travel somewhere and there's no cell phone reception and TV. The funny thing is I hardly watch TV, and my phone use isn't all that significant, but I just like them around! 🙂

    1. I am like you, I hate knowing that I don’t have my cell phone. I am really attached to my electronics…probably a little too attached. I do have a pet peeve about people checking their phones or taking a call in the middle of a conversation. If we’re hanging out and they take a quick call or answer a text or email, then I don’t have an issue with it. There are just some things that we need to respond to quickly, and I get that, but constantly checking their phone while in the middle of a conversation is quite rude. The TV thing doesn’t bother me, but you’d better not leave me without my phone and internet access. 🙂

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