Thursday, June 06, 2013

Technology love/hate?

This post was inspired by the novel Those We Love the Most by Lee Woodruff. Every family has its secrets and deceptions, but they come to surface a tragic accident changes the family dynamic forever.. Join From Left to Write on June 6 as we discuss Those We Love the Most. You can also enter to win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff! As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


The accident happens right away in the book, and it involves a mom on a cell phone. That kind of took my breath away. I am a mom who uses her cell phone quite often. More than I like, to be honest. I know we've all probably read those posts berating moms (and dads) for playing on their phones while kids are at the park. I've even seen the posts about people saying to give them a break. I truly have a love/hate affair with this technology. While I love my Iphone-checking my mail saves me from getting on the computer and the GPS is amazing, I am also aware of when I am just playing on it while I'm in the same room as my kids. It's something that I personally want to work on.

I do think we, especially parents, need to put the phone down more often. Interact with our kids, actually help them with homework instead of sitting there on the phone while they work- true story told to me by a grandma. And now that it is summer, and I am home all day with my kids (wahoo!), I plan to keep my phone in my purse all day! Well, as much of the day as I can. Technology is great, but it scares me, too! I can see the interactions changing between people. My teenage niece tells me that sometimes her friends will sit side by side and text each other. What?! First we are losing actual written letters-people are emailing-now we are missing out on face to face conversations for texting? Will we have any history to save?
How do you feel about all this???