I have done it. You have done it. You have sent an email on your smartphone, checked Facebook or sent a text, all while in the presence of your family. Sometimes it seems impossible to avoid the connectivity that life in this century requires from us. But is this affecting our connection with our family? Is technology really connecting people?
We could argue that living in a technological age has certain benefits. Because of technology, some families can spend more time with their loved ones as they can work from home or work at unusual hours and schedules. As technology advances, social media such as Facebook and text messaging offer additional ways to stay connected with family. The internet provides families with a wealth of information. After all, if it weren’t for the internet, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now.
But does spending less time talking and interacting with technology make that much of a difference in terms of family bonding?
Families have better outcomes when everyone talks to one and other more often.
Is it all about face-to-face?
So does this mean that we have to put down our devices and be off technology altogether? Definitely no. But as it is said, “there is simply no substitute for face-to-face conversation”.
Engaging in face-to-face interactions with family is one of the most important thing one should do. For a family, being face-to-face adds a special quality to the interaction. It brings you closer to them, physically and emotionally, and makes them feel that you are really with them. This not only encourages families to communicate and initiate, but it lets them know that you are interested in what they have to say and do. Face-to-face interactions between family members are the building blocks for emotional, social, and cognitive growth.
So surf, post, Tweet, text, email, and chat but for some time. Just keep in mind that family needs ongoing interaction and input from you in order to thrive and learn and share.