We live in such a different time than our parents. I'm sure my mom thought that same thing when she was raising me as well. It just seems that there isn't any downtime anymore. There is never a time when we can be out of range.
In addition to the fact that we can't just disappear, modern technology has made sure that our kids never have a moment without entertainment. What have we done? I remember being bored when I was younger. When we said there was nothing on TV, it was because they didn't have cartoons on 24 hours a day -- and TV stations actually turned off for the night. Remember that? Being bored has become my kiddos' biggest fear. They bring their electronic babysitters (iTouch, DS, DSi) with them every chance they get to avoid the horror of not having something to do.
Now that we can email and text from anywhere to anywhere, we have even managed to take humanity out of our day. Do you realize how much you can accomplish in one day without speaking to another human being? It's kind of scary if you think about it.
My pediatrician has joined the masses of managing patient care by website. You can pull records, make appointments, ask questions, read his blog - you name it, it's on there. At first, I thought I would love this. I still think my pediatrician is great but I do not love how they operate by website. Asking questions in Twitter style (140 characters or less) through a website form about your children's health is not the same as talking with a nurse over the phone. Simple conversations and questions are answered in a series of 6 or more emails which might take your whole day. The most annoying part is that I have to log in through their website instead of the emails coming to my own inbox.
Here's the part where I think my own mother would have a small panic attack. We now get weekly emails. They are very informational and tell us what illnesses he has been seeing in the office. He tells us if he plans to have a weekend clinic and how to book an appointment if you need one. But there is this one extra thing on there... he's making movies?! Yes, movies.
The latest email included this link. I've embedded it so you can check it out and let me know what you think.
And to clear your mind after that weirdness, I think Drew Barrymore gives great insight to the technology age here. Sorry, they wouldn't let me embed so I'm sending you on a treasure hunt.
All I can say is times are a-changing.
And, well - I'm glad our pediatrician has a solid medical career to fall back on.
I don't see an Oscar in his future.
~ Mrs. Priss