Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How Have Your Daily Routines Changed Because of Technology?

The New York Times has a technology article that focuses more on the people instead of the technologies they use. As we engage more of ourselves online socially, we are losing some of our reality relationships and routines. Twitter, Facebook and Email have these magnetic draws that pull us away from our family and friends at times. As the devices we use to consume these things become smaller and more usable, these issues will become more and more pronounced. Here is a bit from the article about a NJ teenager, Moriah:

In May, Gabrielle Glaser of Montclair, N.J., bought her 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, an Apple laptop for her birthday. In the weeks after, Moriah missed the school bus three times and went from walking the family Labradoodle for 20 minutes each morning to only briefly letting the dog outside.

Moriah concedes that she neglected the bus and dog, and blames Facebook, where the possibility that crucial updates from friends might be waiting draws her online as soon as she wakes. "I have some friends that are up early and chatting," she said. "There is definitely a pull to check it."

Read the entire article here: Breakfast Can Wait. The Day’s First Stop Is Online.

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