Technology Affecting Family

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1.Introduction
"Technology is part of everyday life, and it can easily mediate or even replace other types of experiences. C.P. Snow once said, “[It] is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” (Technology-The Great Enabler, 2003)  As we dissect Snow’s observation it is very evident in the world we live in works because of technology. Looking at a few examples like, work, school, media and all of our hobbies are technology related. By the help of technology, a message can be delivered from one side of the planet to the other in no time. Contrastingly, technology can also destroy the planet and its living beings by the use of one powerful nuclear weapon. The rapid increase in technologies are making human nation forget that we are born in nature. In the same context, communication technology also presents its pro’s and con’s. The question that “is technology tearing apart family life and relation?” is a very interesting topic, yet a very delicate one. By the studies conducted no definite answer comes through; however by looking at the research, theories and results provided it can be said that it does more good to the relation of the family then bad. Therefore, it is safe to say, technology is improving and increasing family relations among children and parents, especially through the communication modes of texting, social networking and video chatting.   2.1 Texting

Texting has changed the way we speak today. Through texting our conversations are much quicker and provide greater convenience. We live in a fast-paced century, and everyone is busy during the day. Texting is a great way to get fast answers to simple questions.” When will you be home?” OR do you need a ride?” This actually allows teens to reply back to parents easily, in a brief manner while they are spending time with their friends, and can avoid the verbal communication. Texting takes away the tone out of an information exchange. Also, when dealing with teenagers, there are a lot of emotional issues involved. Parents can actually write things out before having a conversation with their kids to help edit their thoughts. By making parents think about it more, texting removes explosive emotions form potentially charged communications and situations. (McCarthy, 2007).Texting is a great way to strengthen parents and children’s relationship. Parents can easily send their child a text wishing them good luck before a school game, or let them know you are thinking of them if they were concerned about a difficult test or a grade. Even for children rather than finding the right place and time to call, you can always just send out a text giving a simple message like “pick me up” or “game in 10 mins.” Messaging makes parents keep in touch with their kids more often. Keith Lucas of Naples relies heavily on texting when communicating with his children. “When he gets out of school, Nick, the couple’s 18-year-old son, texts his parents to update them on his whereabouts.”Their two adult children, ages 22 and 23, check in via text, and the second oldest sends pictures of her son.” This lifestyle shows on how technology has strengthened the relation between the families. To them it seems very convenient and has become a norm of life. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that many families will in future shift to this kind of lifestyle. A study by the Pew Internet Project concluded that “25 percent of survey respondents said their family was closer than the one they grew up with. And of that, half the people said that the quality of their communications with friends and family members in their home had improved, thanks to technology.” (Wollman, 2009)This clearly goes to show that technology has rapidly made advancements in family relations and would continue to work for a better environment. With many parents praising technology, and seem to be happy with technology, some claim that they don’t get the same interactions any...
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