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?