Technology: Helping or Hurting?
For many families, time spent on technological devices like smartphones, tablets, and gaming systems rack up more hours of attention than person-to-person interactions. This lack of face-time gives good cause for concern. However – plot twist! – some technology can actually help families stay close.
What the Critics Say
Critics of technology rail against overuse of our phones and tablets; they argue that relying on technology for emotional intimacy may increase our sense of feeling inundated and empty. Overuse of anything can, of course, have a negative effect on one’s life, and most families should consider monitoring the amount of time spent using technology. Setting a date for your family to spend technology-free time together can help families that would otherwise go off in their own cyber-cocoons.