Communicating with my family has never been easy. My family lives in different parts of the world; most of them reside in the United States, some still live in the Dominican Republic and Spain. Despite the time difference, technology has helped us keep in touch throughout the last 10 years. Below are the different ways we have used technology to stay updated on the latest happenings.
It all started with calling cards. Two dollars would allow you to speak for about a hour or so from anywhere in the world. With time we added long-distance to our landlines, purchased cellphones and it got easier.
With the purchase of cellular devices came the use of text messaging. This was something the youngsters did. And now with WhatsApp, we’re able to communicate with our family overseas without a surcharge – so exciting to keep in touch with all my cousins! I’ve always loved texting, so this is just the icing on the cake.
Our mobile phones also led to the use of social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been helpful in allowing us to see one another. From hair changes to new additions to the family, it’s always fun to see new photos and videos as well as commentary from other family members. And it helps that you can stay up-to-date with the latest happenings through their statuses.
Before moving down South I purchased an iPhone for my mother. She already had an iPad but my father uses it as his personal computer. Now, whether it’s on the iPad or iPhone, we’re able to see each other on-the-go and share precious moments such as when my eight-month-old son tried pasta for the first time or when he learned how to crawl. It’s amazing how technology has allowed us to keep in touch.
In the last 10 years of my life, technology has changed the way I communicate with my family for the better. Some people might say technology has taken away human interaction, but if you think about the different ways we have communicated throughout the years. It seems face-to-face engagement, such as FaceTime, will always be a part of our lives. I believe technology has helped improve the way we keep in touch regardless if you are a Baby Boomer trying to stay hip or a millennial who is glued to their mobile device.