Technology isn’t the enemy who has come to destroy families as proclaimed by some schools of thought. Granted, family relationships are no longer what they used to be, due to the shakeup caused by the technology. But writing it off, totally, is an imbalanced judgment. According to findings from the Ketchum Digital Living Index, 46% of people want the ease that technology brings. With the right approach, your family can benefit positively from technology and be closer than ever.
Here are four ways to build a close knit family with technology.
1. Keep up with special occasions
So, it’s that special day of your life that comes once in a year. Understandably, you expect your spouse to make it a memorable one. As the day unfolds, the beautiful messages and calls pour in. But that special one hasn’t acknowledged the grand occasion. It turns out they didn’t even remember.
Activities of modern day society are a handful. Juggling it all leaves us with little or no chances of remembering special occasions. Sometimes, we even forget our own birthdays. While this might seem like a reasonable excuse, it wouldn’t sound so reasonable if you were on the receiving end. As trivial as this might seem, Julia Rodgers of Holistic Divorce states that not remembering special occasions in marriage can often be one of the reasons the marriage breaks down.
Technology helps to remind us of special events. If you and your family are on Facebook, chances are you’ve taken advantage of its birthday reminder tool, even when it’s the last thing on your mind.
2. Stay in touch when far apart
We wouldn’t mind tying our family with a rope to our waist, just so they never get out of our sight. Unfortunately, everyone has something to do, and that requires they leave us. In some cases, it necessitates traveling miles away.
The emotional stress of missing family members who are far away from us has been greatly reduced by technology, as it closes the gap caused by geographical locations. With Skype, it feels like they never left the house as you can have real-time conversations with them — just as you’d do if they were seating next to you.Improve communication
3. Improve communication
Critics argue that technology creates a divide in families because family members hardly spend time with each other but on their gadgets. However, being physically present with someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re having a great conversation. People are often pre-occupied with their thoughts in the same space. It boils down to family orientation and making efforts to create an open communication relationship.
Gone are the days when we had to physically see our loved ones in order to know how they were faring and what they were up to. A Text Ed study conducted by TRU Research revealed that texting strengthens family ties. With instant messaging apps like Whatsapp and Blackberry Messenger amongst others, we can be in the know of how family members spend every hour of the day. We have fewer reasons to stress over their whereabouts or well-being as we literary keep a tab on them.
4. Play together
A family that plays together, grows closer. If you are familiar with virtual games, you’ll agree that it’s fun when participants involved know each other personally. Playing virtual games with family members helps induce positive emotions.
According to a study by Goldsmiths university and PopCap, playing games help parents bond with their kids through shared experiences.
Family Interactions have shifted from the traditional way. The kids who are often more tech savvy are engrossed in the virtual world of technology, and that often creates a divide that leaves parents feeling left out in their lives. Rather than whine about it, smart parents are moving with the trends by taking advantage of the many opportunities technology provides to create a family that dotes on each other.
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