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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Trying to Enter the 21st Century

In the last week I've learned that my family isn't as firmly planted in the 21st century as I'd thought. Sure, we are pretty computer savvy, but we use it mostly as a tool for work and school work. I hadn't considered how it has become such a tool for communication among the youth. They don't call each other on the phone, but they text, or send out a message on Facebook. None of my kids own a cell phone and they couldn't be bothered with facebook. But after a recent conversation with my neighbor, we've realized that if the kids want to be involved in the social circle at school, they need to take advantage of the technology available. They still won't get cellphones, bit I think we'll see a little more social use of the computer from now on.

Who ever thought kids would move on from talking on the phone all night to typing on the computer or texting their friends. I can remember visiting on the telephone for as long as my mom would let me get away with it. She always wondered why we could talk all day at school and then half the evening on the phone. I still love a good visit with a friend, but the kids now love a good session on facebook. I have to admit, I just don't get it.

2 comments:

Kimberly said...

I worry about this trend. I don't like how chatting and texting lead to the degradation of our language skills, but neither do I want my kids to be ostracized.

Bleh.

ali said...

You are so right that 'fitting in' has changed substantially from when we were kids. It's truly, a whole new world.

Good luck letting the kids in on Facebook! You'll have to keep us posted on how that goes.

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