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Weekend Edition Sunday is taking a look at how technology
affects personal relationships. Along with romantic and workplace
connections, family dynamics are shifting.
are a classic example of a family trying to figure out how to use
technology without feeling disconnected from one another. Sue and David
have five kids: two off at college and three still at home.
Friday night, they're just finishing up a couple of delivery pizzas.
They have laptops, and everyone has a cellphone, though only mom and dad
and the oldest kids are allowed to have smartphones. They also have an
iPad that everyone shares. Sue uses it most to connect with her
daughter, Kelly, who is at college in Pennsylvania.
Kelly is a texting fiend. At one point when she was in high
school, she was sending around 15,000 texts a month. Her parents had to
take her phone away for a while as punishment.
don't allow their two youngest kids — 11 and 13 years old — to be on
Facebook. But they don't put limits on cellphones. The kids can use them
at any time, and while they're talking around the kitchen table,
16-year-old Brian is quietly tapping out messages on his iPhone.
biggest limitations that we talk about all the time is just making sure
that our kids still interact with each other, and [are] articulate in
conversation with adults," Sue says. "And with our oldest son
interviewing for jobs and things like that, we wanted to make sure that
they had good eye contact."
As David often tells his kids, "It's a mix between having the
technology, but you still have to be able to relate [to] and interact
Sue says the technology has affected how much information they get from their children.
can happen so quickly ... they can come home happy, and then all of the
sudden things are upset because there was an exchange on the phone or
something that you're not aware of," she says, adding, "You have no idea
how fast their world's going."