Beer Geek contends that I always have my phone in my hand. He may be right, but I say it’s all good.
This has been a stressful week. Some of it was good stress (getting a new car). Some of it was bad stress (I swear I thought the gecko was dead Thursday morning.)
Know what I do when I’m stressed? I call my parents. (I’m sure they just love those calls.)
And you know what’s even better? Video calls. (Admittedly, Thursday morning’s call was cell phone to cell phone, not Facetime, but that was probably good because I had the “ugly cry” going on.)
I even called my dad during my car negotiations. Yes, yes, I did.
Ever since my dad bought an iMac and an ipad, we’ve called each other via Facetime. And I LOVE it! Living so far away from my parents, yet able to “see” them several times a week? Yes please. In fact, my kids don’t even really know how to talk on a normal phone. They are used to being able to show the person on the other end whatever they want.
Know why else I always have my phone in my hand? So I can…
- “Instagram” the crazy that is my life…
- Crowdsource my need for a new car on Facebook…
- Catch this (and many more) picture of my kids this summer… (In fact, I left my phone at home on one outing and missed some photo opps because I never grab a camera anymore.)
And I’d never be able to spend so much time out and about with my kids without our current technology. All of my work files are in the cloud. Many of our meetings are webinars and using Google Hangouts is not unheard of. And, with a cell phone and a tablet or laptop, I can work from anywhere my kids want to go.
As a little girl watching the Jetsons, I had no idea that someday I’d be able to see people who live far away or work while sitting on a rock in a park. But the adult me is loving the technology, even if it does mean sometimes being caught in my running clothes when I answer a video call or having to wait to do laundry because Beer Geek is working from home and on a video conference call.
What about you? Do you love technology and love how it helps you stay close to people far away? Does technology allow you to be closer to the ones you love? Or do you think the technology of smart phones and tablets is turning us into a society that never interacts face to face?