I recently read an article by Nick Bilton in the New York Times http://nyti.ms/Y7Qk7R entitled “The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind.” He writes on technology and the “Bits” blog for the Times. I was particularly struck by his response to a question his sister asked. She was talking about how she lets her children use iPads at the dinner table when she doesn’t want to.
The progression of technology, computers and phones make communication a new species in modern relationships. What used to require actual phone calls and advanced notice now happens in the blink of an eye. And this fast pace may hurt your relationships.
Here are five ways to keep your technology use in check, so that it doesn't affect your love life!
Dating online can be the beginning of a long lasting relationship. According to Match.com, one out of every five new relationships starts online. However, even though technology can speed up the time it takes to find someone, it still takes time to plant the seed and let it blossom into lasting love. When you have met a special person on the Internet, it may not be as easy to begin dating in life. They may live in another city, schedules may not work or because of personal reasons, it may be more comfortable to develop love online before going offline.
There are various life factors that may lead you to turning to the Internet to Find Your Plus One. Perhaps you live in a small town with limited options. Perhaps you are new to town and don't know that many people. Maybe your career and work hours make it improbable to find someone during your free time. Online dating is a great resource to help find a companion for an event, a date or for life. 1) The Internet is OPEN - 24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week!
What’s that you ask? Well, we’ve heard of the juice fasts, the fruit and vegetable fasts, the liquid fasts, the “I am not gonna eat any food” fasts… but in this day and age, it may be relevant to consider a technology fast. “But, I cannot LIVE without my iPhone, Galaxy, Blackberry, email, or fill in device of your choice” you cry out. Hmm… perhaps it’s not something you would consider doing during the work week as we need to be reachable for meetings, phone calls and the like. It may however be something
Although AT&T once boasted being the first carrier to have access to the coveted iPhone, those days are long gone. Now they're not even run-of-the-mill; they straight-up suck. But what does this mean for your romantic relationship? Does your cell phone carrier affect it?
She tried to fix it herself. Honest. This is another “without fail” story. And if you’re a woman who speaks that binary computer mumbo dot jumbo, spare me. Go fix a good pot roast or something; then we’ll talk. I am not a stupid woman. Even though I have trouble with the times table for seven, I am not diminished; I’ve never had to use 7 x 8 in real life, anyway. Hear me roar.
By Nerd Chick, Andrea Eldridge, for GalTime.com As I drag myself away from whiling away another hour clicking through Pinterest and dreaming of crafts and projects I am surely never going to actually do, I have to chuckle a bit at the strange dichotomy that is technology. It can be a huge black hole for those of us easily distracted by all things shiny, and yet it offers an amazing array of tools to stay organized, connected and efficient.
Some time ago I worked with a mom who, as a consequence for some unpleasant behaviors, took away her 13-year old son's cell phone for three days. There was a scene with him (let's call him Scott) with the usual retorts -- It's not fair, you can't do that, it's MY phone, and so on. Forty-eight hours later he told her he was glad she took it away from him. Hold the phone! I mean, wait a minute. What's wrong with this picture? It turns out that there is everything right with the picture.
Picture this: A beautiful Sunday morning at a beachfront café. After a stressful work week, you and your man are sitting down for a relaxed brunch and some quality couple time. You're discussing the idea of summer vacation, dreaming up ideas of where you might enjoy more quality time together. Before you can say, "French West Indies," his cell phone starts buzzing, a call is coming in.
It's a dreary weekday morning. You're on your way to Starbucks to get your Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte, and while you're waiting in line, you start chatting it up with a cute guy in front of you. He's hilarious and you guys are really hitting it off. Before he leaves, he asks for your number. As you start giving it to him, he pulls out an old flip phone. This hot guy is saving your number into an old Motorola RAZR. So, is it a turn-off?
Bad news: Americans have serious trust issues. Of course, that's a broad statement, so allow me to elaborate: We don't trust our partners, which leads to snoop through their cell phones as a result.