By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer
Thanksgiving is around the corner. And shhhhh… don’t say it too loud, but Christmas is only SEVEN Fridays away. Ahhh, the holidays! A lovely time of year for families to get together, eat, and be merry. But, as with everything else, technology is changing even the age-old traditions of the holiday season.
Thinking back to my childhood holidays, the first word that comes to mind for me is “INTERACTIVE.” The second word… “FUN!” Remember the days when the entire family would participate in board games, cards, football in the snow?
Is it just me, or are these memories gone forever, stored away in the memory bank, never to be experienced again? Because that’s what it feels like with technology taking over our lives, even during the holidays. I dread the thought of 20 of us (many whom we only see once or twice a year), including the 2-year old, lined up on the couch, with the TV on, but all staring down at our phones or tablets in complete silence.
How to put down the phones
According to Keith Wagstaff from NBC News, “66 percent of Americans think checking phones at the dinner table should be banned during the holidays, according to a new poll conducted by Eventbrite” (2014, Put down the phone! How to break your kids free of technology on Thanksgiving).
Many of us have actually incorporated this challenge during all meals… not just holiday meals. But the key here is that every family member must be on board and commit. It ruins the whole plan when Aunt Bunny is uploading selfie pictures with the turkey to Facebook.
Experts suggest that if you are going to try this challenge, plan ahead. Speak to all family members ahead of time and get everyone’s commitment. Designate a phone drop-off place so people are not tempted by the buzzing in their pockets. And most importantly, prepare a distraction! Break out those dusty board games, air up the sports balls, and get everyone involved again!
Use technology to connect
But wait… Technology isn’t all bad, right?! Of course not, says Tom, the Turkey Technologist from Think! Technology can help improve your holidays as well. Pick up a fancy wireless thermometer for cooking that wonderful, juicy, perfect … HAM! FaceTime with your distant relatives who couldn’t travel this year. And avoid the ridiculous debauchery of Black Friday shopping by scoring all those unbeatable deals in the comfort of your PJs while sitting by the cozy fire and shopping online!
Happy Thanksgiving from Tom and all his pals here at Think!