Monday, August 2, 2010

Generation Tech or Disrespect?

In this day and age we have everything we need practically at our fingertips and we become impatient if we have to wait even a few seconds for browsers to load, emails to send, and people to call us back. In reality picking up the phone to call someone is probably a choice of communication far down in the list of options. It is much quicker to email or text someone, and it removes the actual person-to-person contact that can be somewhat feared.

Recently I have found myself pondering how my children's character development will be influenced by my use of technology. When my kids are with me, I find myself being conscious of how many times I am picking up my phone to check my email, twitter or Facebook. Am I using my ear piece if I have to talk on the phone while driving? (More a direct concern for their safety and not character development!) A big pet peeve of mine is when people are too busy talking to someone on the phone that they can't even bother to say one word to a cashier in a store. I try to make it a point to not talk on the phone when I am having a face to face interaction. It is so easy to pick up the phone every 5 minutes to check the latest statuses. I want my kids to feel like they are more important to me than my phone, and I want them to learn that they show respect to others by giving them their full attention.

Maybe it is a stretch to say that their character development will be affected, so I turn the question to you. Is our society becoming more tolerant of aloof and disrespectful behavior? Or have these behaviors become so commonplace that no one notices?