Well, I did it. I finally upgraded to an android phone. I am just amazed at what these new phones can do. They aren’t just phones, they are mini computers. I am just now exploring the numerous things that this new technology can perform. Not only am I impressed with the technology, but with the talent, inspiration and ingenuity of the individuals that made these things possible and the continuing efforts to push the envelope even farther.
These technologies change the way we communicate and connect with others, but it doesn’t change core human behaviors. These technologies can also allow people to isolate themselves even more by providing unending distractions. My niece got a cell phone for Christmas. She texts me often, very often and I LOVE it. It gives me a chance to connect with her. She is a very outgoing girl to begin with, so reaching out is not difficult for her. This is in addition to the social networks that abound around us. I did find that I boiled my efforts down to Twitter and Facebook.
My son is shy and escapes often into a distracting world of video games, internet surfing and music. Now, none of these things are bad, as a matter of fact, these very things can be very wonderful. I encourage him to use his interests to start conversations. I am hoping that he can use these very technologies that sometime isolate him as resources for him to connect with others.
How do you use technology to connect?