After I fessed up about my tortured relationship with technology, several emails landed in my inbox from other moms out there who find it difficult, at times, to put email, Internet, texting, blogging, etc. in their proper place.
Technology allows moms to multitask like never before.
An email from a reader explained it this way: “You have observed in yourself and other moms what many of the cognitive psychology people are observing and trying to inform people of – that multi-tasking is incredibly inefficient and no one realizes it because people have a natural tendency to overestimate their cognitive capacities (think texting and driving) and think that they can handle it all. It’s hard not to do and we have to do it as moms, but there’s only so much attention to go around, so something’s gotta give.”
Technology is necessary, ubiquitous, and offers limitless information.
Technology makes us feel less isolated.
Sally Thomas had an excellent post related to this. She wrote, “I wonder about time spent staring at a screen for any reason. Obviously I do it, and I’m really not gearing myself to stop (relax, O faithful remnant). But it seems to me that it becomes a kind of pseudo-routine which supplants real routines, which of course are the bane of the acedic. I get up in the morning and check my email, for example — before and often instead of saying the Morning Office. A problem? I think so. I spend half an hour writing away at my novel, and then half an hour glancing for a second at Facebook. A problem? Well, it’s not like I have half-hours to throw away.”
*And for those of you who don’t blog, don’t care about technology but just happen to occasionally like to see only the most flattering photos of my kids, I promise to return to my regularly scheduled content soon. :-)