“Is technology tearing apart family life? Essay

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“Is technology tearing apart family life? Text messaging, social networking, and online video are changing the way parents and children see the world—and each other.” There are many technologies in today’s ‘smart’ world which are now being established not just as a want, but as a necessity of life. Among many technologies that can impact family life, Smartphones and computers are the two most crucial technologies that can impact family life. The functions of computers and Smartphones are not just bounded to internet surfing, gaming and assignment tools, but its variety of other functions including social networking systems, online mailing, and online face-to-face video chatting are now arguably the most critical functions…show more content…
Main functions that are used by computer or Smartphone are social networking services such as; Facebook, Skype, and Twitter just to name a few have been and are up and coming utilities that vastly impact family relationships. As nearly 70% of North American population are registered to Facebook (Adams, 2011), the increasing time consumption of using such utilities on computers or Smartphones, family members are more isolated from each other which reduce the need to talk to each other face to face as often as before when technologies were not as crucial in day to day lives. Back when these technologies were not available, families needed to gather around their dinner tables to talk about their state. With the recent abundance of social networking systems, families rely on Facebook or Twitter to upload their news and state of being which diminish the subjects of conversation that could have happened face to face. Researchers from all around the world are starting to recognize the social networking service’s negative side effects: “American divorce lawyers and academics have joined Middle East analysts in picking out Facebook as a leading cause of relationship trouble, with American lawyers now demanding to see their clients' Facebook pages as a matter of course before the start of proceedings” (Adams, 2011). The threat that these technologies, social networking systems, bring certainly cannot be underestimated when “one out of every five divorcing couples blame
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