While I am grateful to have an outlet via these boards, I do wish I lived before we became so dependent on it.
I agree that it sometimes goes too far. I like having access to many of the things you describe to keep in touch with people; those that I see often and those that I haven't seen in years (Facebook is incredible for that).
I think it's incredibly rude for people to check their phone during dinner or other gatherings with friends. Unless you are a doctor or a parent away from their child, what could possibly going on that is more interesting or in need of your attention than the person you're supposed to be spending time with?
There's that saying "Alone in a crowded room". As more people plug in to their gadgets, interpersonal communication is really suffering.
I have a cell phone but few people even have the number and I only turn it on during my drive home in case DH needs to contact me. It makes me feel more secure to have it with me and it does come in handy occasionally (like meeting up with friends or calling DH from the grocery to check if we need something) but I don't think I would miss it terribly if I no longer had it. Lately I've been trying not to talk while I'm driving and that makes it even less useful to me!
Way too much Robyn,Moreso in the schools too sadly :(Sheese the other night I just read no more spelling tests for elementary schoosWhile that doesn't pertain to Tecnology .. it does in the long run.
My own youngest DS always has his cell & is texting, I hate it!Mind you I have mind by my side but that's because it is only way to communicate with my kids.Yes way too much & too late to do anything about it :)
I am grateful to have the outlet this board provides, and to have the connection to long distance friends and family that Facebook provides, I have to think that fundamentally we are becoming more and more isolated.
Yes, I think that we are way too dependent on technology. I have a computer and a digital camera but I don't own a cell phone or an iPod or a Blackberry or anything like that. I do like the convience of the computer. It does make life a lot easier, but when they break down it can be a major pain in the butt. I used to work as a bookstore manager and I hated the summer thunderstorms because of the high chance that they would knock power out in the store. All the registers were computerized.
When I was working in the bookstore I would hear lots of interesting conversations over people's cell phones. I've heard men talking to their mistresses, people having fights, etc. Once when I was in another store a man answered his cell phone with, "What the hell do you want?!" I guess a simple "Hello" wouldn't suffice.
I do enjoy these and other boards that I belong to and I am on Facebook, but if I'm not at home I feel no need to rush to an Internet cafe to check in on FB or my e-mail or any other site. If I'm not at home, I don't want to be bothered.
I've been reading lots of articles lately that social scientists are really concerned about today's kids not learning correct social skills, because they prefer using technology to talking to people face-to-face. Most of the time they don't even talk on their cell phones; they text instead.
I do enjoy the advances in Technology, but life was alot simpler before it all! Granted I have a computer, digital camera, cell phone, as does everyone in my house, but I feel cell phones get used way to much! Kids are using slang terms or text talk, or whatever you call it, and really don't know how to spell correctly. That's also the schools fault since they seem to have gotten away from teaching kids the basics and fundementals of education. I don't understand or get why kids are allowed to use calculators for math calsses. When I was in school,it was unheard of. You learned to do the math without.
Re: the evite from a neighbor...depending on what the event is, I know some people prefer to have something in "writing" rather than just a verbal invite so they can check their calendar/with their spouse/whatever before responding.
I'm putting together a Girls' Night Out to see Mamma Mia in November and I sent it as an evite so I can keep track of who's interested. Of course, MIL responded verbally and one friend that I'm pretty sure is interested hasn't responded at all.