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Stop Texting and Talk to me!

on November 24, 2012

My kids are great at multi-tasking. At any given time, they are listening to music on their iPod, watching an online episode of Glee, tweeting about said episode, posting status updates on Facebook, texting on their iPhone and looking up research on ancient history for an upcoming project.

It’s all a bit mind boggling to us “old folks”.

So, when I enrolled in “Building Social Media Relationships” at McMaster University, my kids had a semi-heart attack.  “Mom, you have Twitter? Why are you tweeting yourself…. OMG”. I enrolled in the course, as this is the way of the future.

But there are downfalls to all of this technology.  Where has face-to-face communications gone, or picking up the phone and talking to someone? Sometimes technology stands in the way of real communication.

I am not suggesting that we rebel against this technology. But we need to find ways to remain connected to our friends and families beyond “online”.  Face-to-face communications allows for body language and facial expressions that you can’t get online.

It’s all about balance.

So next time you are sitting at the dinner table with your kids, turn off your iPhones, Blackberries, TV, Computer, and simply talk. “How was your day today?”

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2 responses to “Stop Texting and Talk to me!

  1. jmckeon1 says:

    Social Media has really gone to a new level. This new way of communicating to me, has replaced the need and significance billboard ads.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well said Debbie.

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