Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Technology-driven Family

To say that we are a technology family may be an understatement. My husband and I met online back in 1996 before it was popular to meet people online. We got married the next year and have never been without a computer or two or five since. It helps that my husband works in the industry and can get parts, or even whole computers, relatively inexpensively (or even free). It has worked out that we all, essentially, have our own computers. Well, except Josh, that is: he doesn't have computer rights just yet.

In addition to everyone using the computer, we all have our own Internet identities. Even my 8 and 6 year olds publish their own blogs, maintain their own email addresses, and participate in Internet social communities, in addition to playing games online. It's no surprise then, that technology invades the non-technological part of our lives as well. Or is it?

It always cracks me up when I hear the kids playing some from of imaginative play with their toys and I hear them say, "Pause the game." There they are playing with plastic horses or Polly Pocket or Barbie and one of them has to go to the bathroom, so they "pause the game." The other funny thing that they do is "save the game." That's what they did last night when it was time to clean up; they carefully moved their horses and stable out of the way (rather than putting them completely away) because they were saving the game for today. I wonder when they'll be logging into their imaginative play with a password. Or maybe their Polly Pocket adventure will blue screen and have a fatal error. Perhaps their stuffed animals will become infected with a virus or spyware some day and need to be reinstalled.

Yeah, I think technological jargon has infiltrated my children's brains and taken over.

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Shadowfur said...

I don't care, PAUSE THE GAME!

Lisa Russell said...

That is so funny; my kids do that, too. I never even thought about it!

Brumbemom said...

That is hilarious. We often talk about how our lives are so dependent on computers. I'm not sure I would know how to run my everyday life without one. We only have three in the house, but that is plenty and we are definitely on one of them at pretty much any given time of the day.

Deb said...

Mine do it too. When E has to take a bathroom break he'll say "brb" and it just cracks me up some days :)