|09-09-2013 08:42 PM|
My 13 year old niece loves to come spend the weekend with me, and we rarely get online when she is here. Though (thanks to the internet) we did some fun Pinterest projects the last time she stayed. As well as swimming, playing with the dogs (and the cat, which she just adores), running errands, etc.
|09-09-2013 07:22 PM|
I think as far as kids go, the arguments are just the same as they were when we were kids. When I was your age...
My sister's girls are six. They have DSs. They rarely have time to use them. They have riding lessons, swimming lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics, tai quan do (as a family my sister tells me), and piano lessons. They are in the second grade. They have homework from school, and my sister has them work extra on math -- flashcards, worksheets, etc, and they go to the library, museums, the zoo, and three or for separate parks quite regularly. They maybe watch TV twice a week. They simply don't have the time.
Yesterday, in honor of the first day of the football season, I brought them to the grandparents house, so they could watch Lois and Clark, while I watched the Browns lose once again. This was a treat -- for them. Afterwards, they read their AR books, and did their flash card, and did their Piano lessons, and finally at 9PM, they were able to watch 45 minutes of the movie I brought over for them, The Princess Bride.
My plan was to pick them up from Dance, take them to their house, make dinner while watching the game, and have them do their homework, then take them and the dog to the park, and then come back and eat dinner, and after everything was done, they would have time to watch the movie. Unfortunately, we had 2+ hours of driving added in, so the park didn't happen.
Last Wednesday, I picked them up at school, took them to Wenchies for dinner, then to the park where we did the math homework, and then let them play until dark, and then back to their house where we did piano lessons and books before bed.
This Wednesday, I want to pick them up early, take them swimming, out to dinner, do their homework, and hopefully be able to finish that movie with them.
I don't think technology is damaging the kids, unless we allow it to. We have the control of the tv, the ds's, the internet.
|09-09-2013 03:49 PM|
I held out as long as I could on the 'smart phones'. Once you have one and people expect you to text them immediate updates it actually becomes a distraction, more time consuming and more expensive as you usually end up having to get into those 'unlimited' plans which are getting very pricey. Texts in the U.S. cost the sender AND the receiver so even if you are careful how many you send you can't control how many you recieve. Used to be the 'caller' paid applicable fees only. This ends up creating a situation, especially if you use the phones for business, going to the more expensive plans and everyone pays more.
I remember my first 'real' job I had to type up correspondence for my boss and send it out via good old USPS. The mail went out in the late afternoon and I'd always be able to organize my tasks and have those letters done in a timely manner.
THEN we got a FAX machine. Literally from one day to the next correspondence that could wait for the mail man HAD to faxed IMMEDIATELY.
The consequence was every durn thing that could be faxed all of a sudden became a 'priority' and it's hard to organize and prioritize when everything's a priority and FAX (or text, or email now-a-days) ASAP!
|09-09-2013 03:48 PM|
|09-09-2013 03:28 PM|
|Courtney||I never even heard about twerking until the whole Miley Cyrus crap a few weeks ago. Had to google it. Wonder why we don't do THAT in Zumba class?? lol|
|09-09-2013 03:25 PM|
|09-09-2013 03:24 PM|
|Courtney||Lilie - what?? No twerking!!! lol|
|09-09-2013 03:12 PM|
I don't know. I'm an old lady and I love FB. I'm not on it all day. I may check in the morning and when I get home before I go to bed. I block those who get under my skin. I consider those pictures of folks meals like a commercial - I just scroll over it.
I have family that live all over the country and FB gives me a chance to keep up with what they are doing. I wouldn't normally pick up the phone and call a cousin's son and ask him how he did with football try outs. But I can send him a message saying he did a great job.
Mostly, I suck at remembering birthdays. With FB - I never miss one!
I do post tacky jokes. Some have profanity in them. If I read a joke that I find offensive, I don't share it. If I read a joke that I think is funny, I'll share it.
Drama is drama. If you don't want to read it - block it. If I block you and that upsets you, then block me and we're even.
I don't tweet - rarely text and never twerk.
|09-09-2013 03:05 PM|
|pyratemom||Yeah, I don't own a smart phone either. My daughter bought one for herself and likes it but I still have the old fashioned one that just makes calls and receives calls. I don't even text.|
|09-09-2013 02:59 PM|
Huh! I'm sooo old school. I still have a landline phone; simple texting cell phone (no smart phone). I don't have a Facebook account or use twitter. My DH was stunned when I told him I joined this forum and was actually posting. I like technology but it doesn't rule my life. I guess I'm weird or odd. I just don't get why people feel they have to tell the world what they are doing every second of the day. Or, why they feel like they can't get by without knowing what is going one with everyone they know every second.
I don't always answer my phone. I don't text and drive. I go days without looking at my email. I quit my job 5 years ago (a much happier person for the decision). I worked in a small computer repair and custom build store. I quit because I was so tired and fed up with cranky rude people in my face everyday because their "life was just on hold or going to end if the couldn't get their PC fixed "NOW". There are so many more important things in life. Like: your family; your pets; exercise; good fun times with friends and family without outside interruptions.
Just this past week (my DH is an IT Pro by profession) my DH was on 24 hr. call. We didn't here his work phone at 3:30 am and he missed the call. OMG! the fall out was unreal. Know what the emergency was at 3:30 am was...someone's excel program wouldn't close. "Are you kidding me!" really the program auto saves...just restart the freaking PC. My DH got his butt chewed because when he didn't answer his phone. They didn't even give him a chance to return the call. within 3 min. they called his boss.
The world just needs to get over all this connected crap and go back to when people had patience, when a phone call wasn't answered you tried back later. When "getting together " didn't mean texting for 20 min. it meant sitting in person and chatting and having a good time.
Only twice in the last 7 years have I been able to get my DH to disconnect(because his job won't let him) from the electronic world and internet and work. We took a cruise 3 years ago and I refused to pay for the internet on the cruise. And, the end of August this year he took 12 days off and turned off his work phone for the whole 12 days. He was soooooo happy and relaxed both times.
I know, I know, I'm on the internet on a forum talking about disconnecting. The reality is this forum and the online, internet world, texting, FB, twitter world don't rule me. They never have and never will.
I wish more people would try it. I believe it would make for a much happier world with far more relaxed, likeable people. Just my opinion.
I'm logging off now!
Have a Great day and enjoy a walk with your GSD and without out your smart phone !
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