I am a mom working in a business environment that revolves around technology and better business. I live in a house full of people petitioning, debating and whining for more technology with the latest and greatest updates. Sometimes, I sit back in amazement. I watch my 8 year old log into YouTube to look up the lyrics to her favorite Miley Cyrus song, so she can learn the words and memorize the lyrics. Later in the day, she is taping her favorite television show on Disney with the TV remote control. What? You can do that! Now I will never miss another episode of Grey’s Anatomy and Heros. Now I can sleep feeling fulfilled! If only!
How does technology impact the world I live in?
Where do I begin to explain? Technology has taken over, and the masses crave even more. This from a girl who has always feared the computer and the super highway! Well the super highway was constructed, and it runs right through my house. Three laptops, 2 desk tops, 6 cell phones (one an iPhone), 5 iPods, wireless internet and XBOX and the beat goes on. My kids can play for hours on the Wii, and my oldest plays XBOX with his cousins who live 5 states a way. They play together in real time screaming and laughing about their wins and losses on the wireless headsets.
My colleagues no longer go to networking events to exchange business cards and meet new people any more, they log on to various computer networking sites to share information, meet new professionals and even make friends. Can you believe people are even finding their match in marriage via online dating services? I even have a friend on eHarmony, trying to find Mr. Right. What happened to date night (dinner and a movie)? How about kids going to the arcade and sneaking notes in class? Now I get phone calls from the principle that my daughter’s cell phone was confiscated because she broke the rules and used the phone during class. Why? She was texting a message to her friend.
OK, so maybe technology isn’t a bad thing
Sometimes these great tools and products of technology make my life easier. I can travel for business and never need to worry about missing a wake up call again. I have a cell phone with an alarm. I can be anywhere in the country, and I can connect with my family and not miss a critical communication from work sent via email since I have a blackberry.
I remember when I purchased my blackberry a year ago. My son, who is a junior in high school laughed at me, saying, “You don’t even know how to text message how are you going to understand and use the blackberry?” Well guess what? I figured it out and, boy, I think I am a smart cookie. But let me tell you a secret, learning how to configure and navigate my blackberry was a big feat and something I am proud of.
I come from a world of word processors and short hand. When my roommate came to college with a computer, I thought she was a show-off. Now, I am thinking of getting an iPhone and having the ability to store everything all in one place. Not to mention, I can buy a cute pink cover!
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