There are so many positive attributes that have come from technological advances over time. Computers have paved the way for personal growth instead of just being a big box in an office from which to run reports. Social media has proven to be a means for people to unite from all over the world who would not normally do so. It’s been a bridge that has connected people who would have lost contact for years, maybe even lifetimes. Smartphones have made it easier to keep in contact, keep busy, organize life, and become more productive when used properly. All these lovely creations have brought so much more depth to people’s lives by bringing others easily within reach – technically.
However, like all positives, there’s a negative somewhere. It’s like my mom used to say, there is no hate without love and vice versa. It’s the classic yin-yang of technology. Because we’ve become so reliable on technology a lot of other areas of our lives have either changed or diminished altogether.
Tradition, as we knew it just twenty years ago, has all but gone by the wayside. Ask the younger generations how many Christmas cards they receive, and of those how many are from their generation. How many birthday invitations come in the mail for children? Who, other than the ones older than generation X, sends birthday cards? These simple traditions have been replaced by evites, texts, Facebook messages, posts, and emails. The only letters I have hand-written and mailed in the last few years have been to my grandmother who is in a convent. When is the last time you printed a picture to put in a photo album? Personally, it’s been a couple years for me as I am just as guilty.
Never mind these simple traditions, what about the big ones? We’ve become a society so busy with our technologically organized lives that we forget to plan for the big events or we’re too busy to do so. Family reunions happen less and less. One part of my extended family hasn’t been together for a holiday in years, and I mean years. My children don’t even know who some of these people are and I grew up with them at every birthday, every holiday, and every family event. Today, I see their posts via Facebook and pictures via Instagram.
Technology has begun to rob us of what we once held dear. We may not be so wise of it right now, but it’s there creeping in slowly like the mist of morning fog. Don’t let your traditions fall by the wayside, grab them and hold them and then pass them to the next generation like that old creepy doll collection from your great-great somebody or other. You never know, one day they may be worth something.
This week, we borrow from Nonamedufus and his self-titled blog, “Taught By My Example.”
“I love to spoil them.” and/or “tradition”
5 thoughts on “By the wayside”
I liked your piece, it was well written and thoughtful and in many ways so true…
BUT…I send out about 4-5 cards with my handwriting in them a month to various friends (and I love getting mail)…my Christmas cards…although they are photos now contain a lovely message from my family to yours , I know it’s different (My family doesn’t have reunions but I’m glad …I don’t know if i’d really want to go) but in today’s world they are ways of making things personal..if you care enough about the people in your life. 🙂
You’re absolutely right. Technological advances has led to such an impersonal approach to those great family traditions. It’s quite sad. It’s really hard to enjoy watching your old Uncle get drunk on Facebook. Somehow it’s just not the same.
Ha! It really isn’t. Even if you can talk someone into a Skype session, it just loses its feel.
When I was young, my extended family always got together for an annual reunion. While they still gather, most of my generation have moved away, and the family reunion is slowly getting smaller and smaller. We are losing our traditions.
It’s very sad, indeed.