Everyday technology is helping us in many ways, from waking us up every morning to reminding us of doctor’s appointments, from counting our steps to recording our places, from receiving news instantly to sending messages all over the world. So it’s improving our experiences every day even without us noticing it in all of our activities. Today I want to focus on how technology is helping our families to stay connected without being affected by distance, age, and language.
Families, in different countries, are communicating with each other instantly, allowing us to be aware of all our family members’ activities. Activities like eating, picking out a dress or new haircut to weddings, graduations and birthdays are being shared every day, no matter how far apart we are. I’ve seen my wife asking her mom in Colombia for a traditional dish recipe or asking her sister for her opinion about a dress, and recently we all watched her brother’s wedding online.
Our parents are connecting easily with our children by using technology. My kids’ grandparents in Colombia are very enthusiastic to learn new forms of technology, and this is helping them to be an active influence in my kids’ lives. Activities like the first day of school, Halloween and holidays can be easily shared with them.
With instant translation technology, the barriers between family members who speak different languages are getting smaller. Now there are several initiatives in wearable technology that allow communicating in different languages instantly. Personally, I want to test this technology, since no matter what I do to try to influence my kids to speak Spanish, they only speak English.
In my case, technology is very important for me and my family because I think my kids could better understand who they are, our culture and traditions by using the technology available to them.
Until the next time…