I’m often amazed and, frankly, sometimes overwhelmed, by the speed at which communication occurs today. We tweet, post on each others’ walls, “like” things, comment, pin, repin, text, video chat, and “reply all” at the push of a button (or two.) Like most people, I’ve been blessed by technology and social networking: I reconnected with a cherished long lost friend after 11 years apart, found my grade school buddies and delight in seeing them”all grown up” with jobs and/or kids, and I love that I can find out something about almost anything in record time using my smartphone.
But there sure is a downside. That same friend with whom I was reunited? We’re not talking now due to a disagreement that occurred mostly via text message. The pressure to be available and “on” all the time is overwhelming. It’s hard to ignore that “ding” sound from your pocket or purse. And when you do, will someone be offended? What are the “rules” for timeframe for replying to emails? And I know I’m not the only one to have quickly closed a Facebook window so as to not be visible and avoid a chat!
So how have your relationships—and the way you relate—changed as a result of this brand new world?
Design Team Coordinator Melissa Elsner is on her way to a new life in Chi-town and is determined to use all the tools in her technology arsenal to stay connected to a close friend who is more like a sister.
Can’t Lose This by Melissa Elsner for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Diana Brodeur has found a way to keep connected with friends despite her busy schedule. She loves the sound of her phone letting her know she has a text. It’s a simple way to keep her links intact.
Ding Ding by Diana Brodeur for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Nicole Martel works a ten-hour day and when she comes home, she takes advantage of email and voicemail to get time for some well-deserved peace and quiet.
All in a Day’s Work by Nicole Martel for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Jen Matott has built and maintained meaningful creative relationships with fellow art teachers from all over the country by connecting online. Meeting in person is a special bonus, but the relationships were created virtually!
Art Talk by Jen Matott for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Mary Jo Rhoda’s husband travels for work, and she’s grateful for Skype and the opportunity to be ‘face to face’ with him every night.
Face to Face by Mary Jo Rhoda for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Kate Vickers shares an experience that many of us do—seeing our kids be tech savvy in a way we could never have imagined.
iKids by Kate Vickers for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
So how has your life been impacted by technology? Has it enhanced or hurt your real-time relationships? Comment below by Monday, July 23, at 9:00 am MDT, and you might win our newest kit, Communication. This bold, whimsical kit, filled with rotary phones, stamps, paper airplanes, typewriters and more, is ready for you, as is our free inspiration page with music, prompts, quotes, and a Pinterest board to help your creative heart and hands flow.
And do come join us online and grab your kit and our multimedia inspiration now…we would love to welcome you and join you on your journey. Explore your inner world!
P.S. We’re getting excited for CK Summer Camp 2012!! Here’s a sneak peek at what we have lined up for you next week. Each day we’ll be talking about adding a certain type of medium to your scrapbooks.
Monday (7/23): Markers and pens
Tuesday (7/24): Stickers
Wednesday (7/25): Found items
Thursday (7/26): Metal
Friday (7/27): Fabric and thread
Be sure to join us every day here and on Club CK for challenges, inspiration, how-tos, prizes, and lots and lots of fun!
Congratulations to our winner!
Sharon Gullikson: I like technology in SOME ways, but hate it in others. I email instead of call most times so I don’t disturb people. But some people think it’s cold…I love the old school things in this line.
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