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The Impact of Technologies on the Family

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While he adds it to his list of bad impacts, he also mentions that he had told his son to "Stop playing that darn video game and come down and watch TV with me" (Small 2009). Television is obviously a communications technology too, so it is curious to see it lumped together with "face to face" time like this. Dana Wollman's article for Laptop Magazine seems similarly anti-technology based on its title: "Is technology tearing apart family life? " However, the article itself is undecided on whether technology is beneficial or not. Wollman says that parents raising tech-savvy kids need to remember the motto “ Everything in moderation" (2009).

She quotes several researchers and doctors throughout the article, ultimately suggesting that things like Facebook are not really anti-social, just social in different ways. Youtube, for instance, can be used as a bonding experience. At the same time, parents need to remember that parents need to remember to instruct their children as well as just trying to be cool. They should "control the content their children are viewing" instead of just laughing at it regardless (2009). Brad Stone, like Dr.

Small, mentions "simpler mornings, not too long ago" where his interviewees "sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast" (2009). The tone of this piece, as expected of the New York Times, is much more journalistic, and seems less biased towards trying to convince its readers that technology is dangerous or beneficial. Stone talks about the problems technology can cause at dinner time or breakfast time and suggest families set aside technology-free times to make it easier to do traditional family stuff. Stone also notes that it is not just children and teenagers who have a technology problem.

James Steyer, a businessman whose family sets aside personal time, says "he constantly feels the tug of waiting for messages on his BlackBerry" (2009). Scholarly articles tended to be more focused than the popular articles, with the result that they were really only talking more about how technology affects the family in specific instances.

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