So today, I want to talk about your morning coffee.
Say what? How is that remotely related to technology and family?
Mornings, at least when I was growing up, was a time to catch up with the other inhabitants of my house. We’d crack open a box of cereal, chat about what was on tap for the day, and pack our lunches. Before you get too nostalgic about the good ole, wholesome 80s (did I really just say that?), I should also include that these mornings included a lot of yelling up the stairs at my brother to get a move on, and frequently ended with rushing out of the front door and some much-needed object inevitably being left on the kitchen counter.
Fast forward to today. My mornings include a facebook check, email check, text message check, usually some multimedia forward of photo or video via my iPhone to a family member or friend, weather.com or Foot’s Forecast perusal, and scan of the major newspapers on my laptop while throwing down one or two cups of liquid caffeine. Plus getting the Bug up, ready and fed. Mix in a brief stint of educational programming – – say Sesame Street — that I stream through netflix or comcast on demand.
Has technology ruined our morning family time?
Two years ago, the New York Times ran a front-page article on the “new” morning routine of families:
This is morning in America in the Internet age. After six to eight hours of network deprivation — also known as sleep — people are increasingly waking up and lunging for cellphones and laptops, sometimes even before swinging their legs to the floor and tending to more biologically urgent activities.
Yes, that’s an accurate depiction of my post-alarm clock activities. Of course, my mornings become a lot more complex and less tech-focused after the Bug wakes up, but I’m still attached to my iPhone.
So, back to coffee. Do you take yours with a splash of tech or a whole heaping helping? Has technology impacted your morning family time? What does the ‘typical’ family morning routine look like in the digital age?
I’ll be checking my smart phone for your comments…
Past discussions in this series include
- Is technology bringing back our grandparents’ values?
Tech Thursday: What Would Nana Say?
- A family that games together stays together?
Tech Thursday: Can Gaming Make you a Better Parent
- Should schools turn to gaming to teach our boys?
Tech Thursday: Boys and Gaming
- Cyber lessons to pass onto next generation
Tech Thursday: Cyber Civility