Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Hi-tech brings families together

An interesting article appeared on the BBC website. I could not help agreeing. There is a perception that hi tech or computerized activities are solitary. They can be of course, but it does feel that we are coming full circle.

Before the technological media took a hold, families ate together, worked and lived close. Radio came along and families listened together. The same thing with TV. Again the perception is that this took something away from family communication etc, but sharing an activity can create a feeling of togetherness.

When I was a kid growing up in the 1960's, we used to watch TV as a family, we shared a telephone and would chat to callers before passing the handset on. We have of course moved towards solitary viewing, and mobile telephone have allow kids to have exclusive access to their friends with parents sometimes having little contact.

Perhaps, because humans are primarily social beings, the circle is now being completed, in using these mediums to return to closer links with family and friends, but when necessary this is by phone and connecting using online social networking sites such as Facebook. It has been interesting to watch this spreading quite rapidly from students to people now in retirement. When I joined Facebook about 18 months ago, I was in a minority in my age group, but I am now finding a larger and larger pool of computer literate friends online.

Fascinating really isn't it?

BBC: Hi-tech brings families together