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  • 1. Families and Technology:
    Can they exist together?
  • 2. When you think about the word ‘family’ what do you picture?
  • 3. In the past, it might have been something like this.
    But in today’s society…
  • 4. This is probably a better representation.
  • 5. The role of technology in everyday life has been on the rise for decades now.
  • 6. But more recently, technology’s toll on families has been detrimental.
  • 7. Though its convenience doesn’t need to be pondered, technology’s effects on family life can be construed as negative.
  • 8. Quality family time is being replaced with other activities– most of which revolve around technology and its incessant use.
  • 9. Parents and children alike are lost in the magical world technology creates.
  • 10. In today’s workforce,
    it’s impossible to do anything without technology
  • 11. Smartphones are one of the leading sources of technology that employees rely on.
  • 12. More and more iPhones are being used at work.
    By the end of 2010, 53%of companies had used iPhones as their primary means of communication.
    -Sybase Inc, The Growth of Mobile – Sept. 2010
  • 13. Blackberry is also an unforgettable leader in the domination of smartphones.
  • 14. Known as a “business phone”, Blackberry owners have the ability to read documents, check e-mails, and sync calendars, among many other of its appealing features.
  • 15. It’s no wonder why mobile phones – especially smartphones– are being pushed more in society.
    Their capabilities are endless!
  • 16. In the third quarter of 2010, worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units….
    …this is a 35% increase from the year before!
    -Press release, Gartner Newsroom – Nov. 2010
  • 17. Smartphone sales increased by 96%.
    And by the first quarter of 2011, accounted for 19.3% of all overall mobile phone sales.
    -Relax News, The Independent – May 15, 2011
  • 18. growing
    But with all this
  • 19. What happens to your valuable family time?
  • 20. Families and familial values are getting lost in the hustle and bustle of the hectic and thriving business and economic world.
  • 21. Children are growing up learning how to download and use apps, but not learning how to read.
  • 22. In a study, 47% of US teens said their social life would decline without their cellphone.
    57% credit their cell phone with improving their life.
    -Harris Interactive, Marketing Charts – Sept. 2008
  • 23. Many businesses provide their employees with smartphones
    so they can constantly be tied to their work.
  • 24. But with all this preoccupation in his or her own technological world, how well are families really communicating?
  • 25. Time needs to be put aside for techno-less living.
  • 26. So families can remember what it feels like to spend quality time with each other.
  • 27. While our use of technology as a society may never decline…
  • 28. …we can and should find ways to not let it interfere with the other important parts of our lives.
  • 29. All images from Flickr – www.flickr.com