Technology has changed the way we live, the way we shop, the way we go to school, and the way we interact with our family and friends. How can you use technology more effectively to reduce any...

Technology has changed the way we live, the way we shop, the way we go to school, and the way we interact with our family and friends.

How can you use technology more effectively to reduce any negative impact on relationships with family or friends?  

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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While there are a number of possible answers to this question, I would argue that there are two main ways in which we can use technology while still avoiding any harm to our relationships with our friends and our family.

The first thing that we need to do is to pay attention to when we use our technology.  We often see pictures of groups of friends or family members who are sitting together in a room but who do not appear to be interacting.  Instead, they appear to each be looking at their own smartphone or tablet or whatever other kind of technology they may have.  This is something that we should be careful about.  We should be careful to use technology in ways that enhance our face-to-face interactions, not that detract from them.  In other words, we might use our devices to look up something that comes up while talking to a friend, but we should not use the device as a way to tune out our friends and family.

The second thing that we need to do is to be careful about what we post on social media.  Posting something that makes a friend or a relative feel bad is one of the quickest ways to harm a relationship.  It is easy to do things without thinking when we are using the technology that is available to us today.  We have to be very careful that we think before posting any comments, pictures, or anything else that might hurt our friends and relatives.

If we keep these factors in mind, our technology can enhance our relationships rather than detracting from them.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I live in the USA away from the majority of my family members who still live in my country of origin, I use my phone to skype call my family members and keep in touch. I also use facebook as a way to communicate with them.

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kevin0001 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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The way to do that is to use technology to communicate with your family and friends. That way technology is helping you get closer to your family and friends even if you aren't near each other or aren't together at the moment. That communication bonds you all together. You can also be playing games online to be closer to your friends or family who plays the same game. Then, when you see each other again, then you have a subject to talk about.

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Many people who are in long distant relationships always say it is too difficult mostly because they can not call all the time or see each other all the time any more. With the help of the internet it has gave many couples more options. Now many can see and talk to their significant other or join virtual worlds to communicate as if they were person. Also since it only takes a couple of minutes to send an email it makes it more convenient to talk to the significant other especially if they are on different time schedules.

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