Thursday, April 21, 2011


So I've been thinking that it's time to start up the old blog again. I've been feeling this way for a long time, and I even went back and read some of my old posts. Some of them aren't too bad. And then the email came....

Yesterday while I was diligently working an email came in about a job posting for the company I work for. Part of the duties for this job were to monitor posts on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs about the company I work for. And it got me thinking; I know that's almost always NOT a good thing for me, but oh well. It got me thinking about how much the internet and media has become part of life for the Average American.

Not only do most homes in America have at least 1 computer (I would bet that most have more than one) but almost everyone has a cell phone. For me I don't even shower without my phone being at least a few feet away. Greg carries his phone on his belt almost all the time. I literally have the internet within a few feet of me 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As a parent access to the internet makes me nervous to say the least. I don't think its even possible to go 1 week without hearing about online predators. But the great thing about this technology is that I can reach my kids anytime of the day or night (when they decide to answer their phones).

The internet has changed everything about the world. The need for an actual book is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And that fact absolutely breaks my heart! There's nothing like curling up with a good book, or soakin in the tub for a few hours and reading. And no, curling up with the Kindle or a Nook is not the same thing!! And soaking in the tub while reading off a Kindle or a Nook could be down-right dangerous!!!

Homework time is always fight time at my house. There is always a huge fight over who can use the computer first. I'm begining to like the idea of laptops for all 5 of us, unfortunatley my bank account HATES the idea!! I really don't think that my kids can do their homework without the computer. They don't cheat, I watch every move they make. Katie for instance logs on to FaceBook and chats with her other "QUESTIES" (a school group she's in) about their homework assignments and upcoming projects.

I'm sure at this point your asking yourself what the point of this post is. So I'll tell you. The point is: I'm tired of hearing about all the bad things about internet and Social Media sites. There are just as many good things that come with the bad.


Alversons said...

I agree. We have so much at our fingertips now, but we need to be very careful. I can only imagine what its going to be like when my kids get older. But for me nothing will ever replace a good "old fasion" book.

Geri said...

I love old books too! turning a real page just feels good. Welcome back good thing we have the net to connect! :)