Keeping in Touch With Far-Away Family
As technology improves and makes global travel easier, many people have moved long distances away from their childhood homes and families.
The world may seem smaller in many ways, but when family moves away, there are still many physical miles separating them. In spite of this distance, families try to keep in touch and maintain good communication.
The methods of staying connected are as varied as the people who use them.
Think PRESS to Keep in Touch
Family news is worth some attention and effort to share. Keeping in touch can be as easy as pressing a few digits on a phone, or keys on a keyboard. An easy way to remember some ideas about staying in touch with your family, far away, is to think of the word PRESS.
P - Photo Website or Blog
Photo Website or Blog
Many families set up photo blogs or other photo website accounts to share their lives in pictures, even across the miles. These 'virtual photo albums' make it possible for showing off the latest details of life. Google Photos, Photobucket, flickr, and other similar sites offer easy uploading, sharing, and commenting features.
Some sites even allow multiple contributors to such albums, so many family members can upload their photos and collectively share their adventures.
R - Regularly Scheduled Phone Calls
Regularly Scheduled Phone Calls
As busy as life for families can be, if something doesn't get put on the calendar, it's not likely to happen. That's why making regularly scheduled phone calls is important if you want to stay close to your far-away family.
With cell phones, keeping that scheduled time is even easier. If you are able to find a plan with free long distance minutes, then there's really no excuse not to call grandma even if you're at a soccer game or grocery shopping at the appointed time for the call!
According to Internet World Stats, over 89% of people in North America use the internet, and the most popular use of the internet is still e-mail.
Gone are the days of mail taking weeks to get from point A to point B. E-mail is a much faster way to communicate, and it's relatively easy. It takes very little time to write a few sentences to encourage your granddaughter on her upcoming science fair project and send it off to her via e-mail. She'll have the mail almost instantaneously, as well.
E-mail is a great way for every day communication with far-away family, too. There is no difficulty in writing a quick e-mail to say how things are going with you and see what's happening with your family.
S - Skype, Webcams, or FaceTime
Skype, Webcams, of FaceTime
Photos are great, but live action video is even better!
There's nothing quite like seeing that newborn nephew squiggling in real time on your computer screen. Skype, a free program that allows you to make voice and video calls over the internet, makes it possible to have 'face to face' conversations with your family. It's fun and almost as good as 'being there'!
Apple has made this even easier with FaceTime available on most iPads and iPhones. Connecting with real-time video is as simple as calling someone up!
S - Social Media
Websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, known as social media networks, make it easier than ever to communicate with friends and family far away. Keeping in touch is as simple as logging in to see what people are sharing on those sites.
Sharing information (status updates), news, photos, and videos is free and easy to do with social media. There are even messaging features on most networks, allowing you to have private conversations. Video chat allows for real-time, live interactions, as well.
Social Media has kind of become a one-stop-shop for a lot of family communication needs.
PRESS those keys!
These are only a few ideas of ways to keep in touch with your long-distance family. With so many handy methods of staying in communication, being separated by distance doesn't have to mean being disconnected as well. Family is always worth taking the time to connect with, and it is easier to do that now than ever before. PRESS those keys and stay in touch!