Children are often our Greatest Teachers.

Yesterday my five-year-old granddaughter Jessalyn said: “Papa, come sit by me and talk.” Got me thinking it did.

My four grandchildren (3, 4, 5, and 6 years old) all have iPads and they know how to use them. The thing is that Jessalyn understands what she needs. The girl is a whole lot smarter than me.

Clearly the social boom has impacted all of us in one way or another and even though I have a substantial technology background, I’ve always enjoyed face-to-face problem solving and human conversation. That will never change. It’s part of my makeup.

However, just like the information highway has enabled everyone to connect in ways we never imagined possible, the social network does allow certain opportunities.

I think that in many ways technology has enabled us, but in other ways it has caused us to go against our very being.

While technology changes daily, our DNA as humans has never really changed. We’ve just masked those very social needs we all really want and must have—human interaction. We just can’t change our makeup. 

I’m smart enough to know what works best for me and I apply balance in all of this. I still enjoy dinner with friends and the conversation—and not staring into my iPhone. 

How about you? Are you in control or does the technology control you?

As it was once said: “To everything there is a season.”

 

 

 

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