I like the drift of this whole discussion, David--
Not having a raft of kids and a camp to put them in, I have over some time been taking mental notes of when and how much I use various technological media (but I am not into texting)and what for. A few conclusions that may ring true for other Webheads, too:
(1) I do email my husband even though we work side-by-side in one office. There are just some things better read than said (articles from the NY Times, dates of plays and dinner parties, etc.--both "work" and play). We've gotten more in touch with our neighbors since joining a community elist, too.
(2) I like to email my mom once a day. Too trivial for a phone call, but I want to stay in touch. And I don't enjoy the phone as a medium anyway--nor does she. Email keeps us caught up--closeness at our own time and pace.
(3) I facebook and/or email my son and daughter-in-law, friends, and siblings several times a week, because fb is their preferred medium. And photos don't work on the phone. It is the essence of social connection--like casual chatting, sharing mini-adventures, sharp retorts and jokes, etc. This is social glue--not the serious stuff, but better in some ways.
(4) I do almost all my research/work stuff on the Web and with email, so that's a big hunk of time. And it is serious stuff, but not intensely social.
This life would not be possible without technology--I'm loving it. I suspect other Webheads would show a similar tech profile?
Good luck on further research on this topic!
--- In email@example.com, "dk" <davekees1@...> wrote:
> I think making an assumption that children are addicted to cell-phones based
> on the experiment in the article is a little premature.
> Are they addicted to cell phones or are they addicted to communicating with
> other human beings?
> The former possibility would invite criticism but the latter possibility
> might invite praise.
> How can we tell? Another experiment should be done. The children should be
> in a place where they are surrounded by friends and family and can easily
> talk with them face-to-face. Then take away the cell phones and see if they
> go through the same withdrawals to the same degree.
> For example, if the children were put into a summer camp type situation
> where they will sleep with their family and see their friends at breakfast,
> lunch, dinner and during outings and activities, will the children complain
> about not being able to communicate with these same friends on their cell
> phones? In other words, if they are in almost constant contact face-to-face
> with their friends and family, will they still have that aching desire to
> send them a message even though they can easily talk with them?
> You see, I think we need to tease apart what is going on here. Are the
> children addicted to the device or are they addicted to communication with
> their support network of friends and family?
> Has the cell phone brought in a new world of communication between humans?
> Children, formerly living as islands of feelings, ideas, dreams, fantasies,
> emotions, problems and victories who could communicate this only at limited
> times of encounter with other children at school or get togethers, find that
> the cell phone creates a bridge to these other children, a 24/7 outlet of
> Let's really bring this idea home. Are YOU addicted to the computer? Are you
> just ON THE COMPUTER for hours and hours every week? Are you just stuck on
> the computer or are you communicating with colleagues around the world? Are
> you using the computer as a tool, a channel, that enables you to develop new
> ideas about yourself and your work as in communicating with teachers on this
> I think what has happened is that we have gotten addicted to communication
> with other humans.
> Dave Kees