THE TECHNOLOGY TRAP
It struck me last week that I havent seen my daughters without some kind of mobile device close at hand for ages. One walks around the house with her laptop, the other sleeps with her cell and when required to turn off all screens, my youngest couldnt think of anything to do.
My daughters are technologically connected constantly.
This texting busy-ness means they rarely have the time to talk to me or each other.
Technology is taking over my family. I try to engage real human conversation with my adolescents using chocolate bribes but those chats last as long as the chocolate. Theres a ban on cellphones at the dinner table, but as the only adult at the table, I seem to be the only one who upholds it.
Those texts still fly, until I launch the evil eye.
I just saw Sherry Turkle on TED this am: Sherry Turkle Connected, but alone?
Her talk made me think more about the ramifications of all this hiding behind technology we seem to be doing in my own family. I can get eye contact when I wear something offensive to teenaged sensibilities, but our conversations still tend to be one-sided.
Im tired of having monologues without a captive audience. Im craving two way conversations.
Maybe its time to get some one on one with each of the girls – phones off, I bring the chocolate.
Hey can I push the dream even further. maybe theyll consider falling off the grid completely with me for a little while.to a little place like this.