Evolution of Family Interactions

When I was growing up and I was a younger kid my grandmother would always make Sunday meals. My family and some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles would all come together almost every Sunday to eat. As a kid I would sit with the other kids while the adults would sit in the dining  room and chat, much like Sherry Turkle talked about when she was a kid. I always looked forward to watching and playing sonic with my cousins but we had to wait till all of us finished eating and we had to ask our parents to make sure it was allowed. I feel now kids will just play on their tablets during the meal and not talk with each other. They seem to have the mindset of do until told not to. This could be a good thing, in a bad way, because it allows kids to be more independent of themselves and form more of their own opinion. Turkle goes on to say later in the chapter that kids during family conversations “could be dominated by parents who proclaimed opinions or demanded idealized accounts.” I guess even when I was a kid family time always had something to do with technology. Just over time the technology dealt with has evolved. The problem with technology can sometimes have to deal with the age gap between different people like parents and kids. Communication now a days mainly happens through text messages because that is more convenient because you can respond at will. The problem is the different grammatical and punctuation can cause a miss communication. Parents tend to put punctuation in their texts because that is what they are used to. The problem is that when parents do use punctuation and you can’t use body language to see what they mean it can lead to some serious confusion. Kids will ask stuff like “are you mad?” because you can not tell what your parents mean. This combines with the fact that when kids send text messages with punctuation it usually means they are mad. So this can lead to mixed signals and unneeded problems. I think that technology has led families to change how they communicate and how they act around each other.

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