The Digital Age and Family

TechnologyAs I write this, I am already late in getting ready for work, so I’ll simply type a few thoughts to scratch the surface of the topic.

We have come a long way.  In days past, families lived together and saw each other every day.  I’m not just talking about mom, dad, and kids, either.  Entire families (brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, etc.) used to live together.

At some point, we began moving away from living in multiple family dwellings and began living on our own.  It started with separate houses on the same property and eventually morphed to separate cities, states, and even countries.  Daily personal gatherings were replaced with writing letters or phone calls, and eventually letters were replaced with e-mails.

Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our lives (in ourselves) that even finding the time to write an e-mail seems impossible.  I may be the worst with this and my family can certainly attest to that.  Just the other day, I found myself writing belated birthday e-mails to two of my brothers…how lame is that?  Not only did I not send them something for their birthday (even something little) or send them a birthday card, I couldn’t even send them an e-mail on time.  Considering that was for a specific event (a birthday), you can just about write off any daily communication of what’s going on in my life.

Enter the digital age of websites/blogs and here we are (here I am) today.  Perhaps this is just another lazy step in the chain of digital evolution, but now I can mass communicate.  If I want to let everyone know what’s going on in my life, post a blog.  All my family needs is my website address and they can check in on their own to see what’s new.

This is horrible, I know.  After all, I should be sending those e-mails, making those phone calls, or even writing those letters (snail mail), but when we get so wrapped up in life, it really can be difficult to find the time.  Still, as impersonal as it may seem, at least I am communicating and now my family can learn (if they choose) what’s going on with me.  I am new to this whole blogging thing, but I can certainly see some advantages and so far, I like what I see.


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