Technology through history has allowed humanity to magnify ifs "muscle power" and allow fewer people to do the work of many more prior to the advent of a specific technological advancement. A curious contradiction emerges when technology that is supposed to relieve humanity from overwork instead increases the work load as more is now expected from each person based on that technology. Technology not only invades the work place, but it is omnipresent in the home where the family gets together. It is known that the television has supplanted a lot of communication between family members as it is very mesmerizing, stealing attention from other activities. Then there are gadgets that intervene in much the same manner such as cell phones, gaming units, computers and internet. Members of the family become increasingly alienated from one another, thus changing the family structure due to the intervention of technology.
I believe that some of the latest technologies are bring families closer. By looking at video games families are now able to play games together in the living room rather than just aimlessly staring at the TV which is greatly improving social interaction. Skype and mobile/cell phones are now enabling easier communication when parents are away from home actually making it possible to see their kids. It is very easy to blame technology for many of the problems in the family set-up but I believe technology is having the opposite effect.
Well it all depends on how you look at the status of technology. In someways it brings families closer together and in other ways it drives them apart. Being a teen, in a family full of technology, there are certain elements of technology that bring us together such as video games and the internet (especially Youtube and Netflix). On the other hand those same forms of technology drive us apart. Playing video games independently because they are 1 player games only, or focusing all attention on other people in the cyber world through twitter and facebook.
Technology is changing everything and making life easier. Actually not only is it changing family structure but also making us techologicaly dipendent. Iv written a hub about it. Its about restaurants but what technology is now found in them.
http://www.hubpages.com/hub/top-10-rest … capability
Parents and children are ignoring each other. I cannot tell you how mnay times I have seen entire families not interacting with each other, but texting, calling or listening to music on phones or iPods.
Is it any wonder when I go to a store I find the staff on their phones non-stop? My request for help is interrupting a text! But, if it is permitted at home, I guess kids fell it should be permitted on the job. Employers do not seem to care.
Parents are now texting there children. That explains it all.
Boy, that's a loaded question. I think most importantly, it has broken down the personal communication in family relationships. The kids are busy on the WII or other video games, Dad is on the computer looking at inappropriate content, people spend hours on facebook, email, blogging. they text while driving to family events, text while they are at the family events, they text at the restaraunt.
I know someone who said he and his wife went out to dinner with two other couples. Every single person was texting while they waited for the server. The guy was so disgusted he sent out a text to the others at the table and said, are we having dinner or what. I'm here where are you?
I have heard about pregnancies, decisions and actions to adopt a child, engagements, out of state moves etc. from my own children on Facebook. These messages were meant for the general public, not to me specifically. A couple of times my daughter-in-law made a delicious meal for my son, and he FB her to say thank you. She says thank you, and come to find out their in the same room using their I-pads.
Well information certainly seems to be traveling alot faster than normal. Just from an outsiders perspective.
People are spending less time with family but it also allows them to communicate in more ways which can be beneficial.
"With the proper guidelines in place, education on usage, proper monitoring of our children when using technology, and good old fashion common sense, technology and family can work together and provide us with more options for productivity. There really is no end in sight when it comes to future technology in our homes, and we’ve only just opened to the door to welcome it inside."
The above is a quote from my hub. You can read it here:
http://infonuggets.hubpages.com/hub/Can … ly-Coexist
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