Today is Thanksgiving so some family and a couple friends stopped by, but it was really cold so they didn’t stay long. I video chatted with my dad and step-mom in California, my mom here in Portland, and a couple friends in other cities. At the end of the night a few friends surprised me by coming down with a laptop so we could Skype through the window, but again they didn’t stay long because it was cold.
I am thankful for many, many, things this year, but especially my family and friends who continue to amaze me with their love and support. I am also very thankful for the ability to communicate with them so easily across the country. This project was never intended to take away from the fact that these technologies do have positive benefits.
Because of these technological advances we feel closer to family overseas, people who have physical disabilities who are restricted to their homes feel less isolated, the hearing impaired are able to communicate more effectively, and there are many more examples we could add to the list.
Another thing to remember though is that those of us who have accessibility to these technologies are very privileged. There are many that can’t afford these luxuries. We are lucky to have these problems of overuse to think about.