As illustrated by the graphic to the left, the way that families spend time together is no longer the same. Families now are sometimes in the same room together, but are often pre-occupied by their phones, laptop computers, and the television, all at the same time.
Technology has definitely shaped how we spend our free time. Board games like Scrabble can now be played via apps like Words with Friends, thus leaving little room for the “old-fashioned” way of spending time together– without electronics.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Even though technology like smartphones and enterprise instant messaging are now crucial to the way to do business and communicate, it may be beneficial to set aside electronics for a certain amount of time each day or week.
For instance, a friend of mine does not check her email on the weekends, and another friend does not take their cell phone when they are running errands. Whenever you are without your electronics, it can be alarming at first to get used to it. However, once you do, you will understand how great it can be to be without a bright screen every once in a while!