I’ve spent the last few days in technology hell. We have lost two laptops in three days. One to theft and one to a crazy hard-drive eating worm. It has been a little stressful around here with all the tech changes in our lives.
This has me wondering, what is the correlation between numbers of people in marriage counseling and our increasing reliance on various technology sources to communicate? I bet it is high.
I can think of two instances recently where our gadgets have been the cause of the heated arguments in the King house. The first was when we disagreed on when it is acceptable to turn off your cell-phone. Kevin thinks never. I think during a massage. I mean-hello it is called relaxing for a reason!
The other was last night when I wanted to throttle Kevin for not remembering the wireless network passkey. I spent hours trying to get this machine online and of course it was entirely his fault. (Really? It is good that we are both equally unreasonable.)
I can’t even count the amount of times we are mid-conversation and one or the other pulls out their PDA to check Twitter, Facebook or just email. It’s insane really. We are pretty good communicators and have been happily married for almost 11 years. But we still fight over misinterpreted emotion in emails or a text message that should have been a phone call.
I am sure we’re not the only ones. It is not just marriages either. How many times have you thought someone was mad at you because they didn’t return emails or texts and it turns out they were away or never got your message to begin with? I bet at least once.
Technology is incredible in the sheer ability to connect us with the world. Yet, all this connectedness might just be the reason we feel so disconnected from the people we love sometimes.
Hmm… maybe I better get off this new laptop and go have a conversation with my husband.
I could just text him instead.
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