Can you remember when, if you wanted to invite friends on a night out or to a party, you had to actually leave your house to drop by their house and give them a piece of paper with an address or number to RSVP?
In 2015 you don’t need to talk to anyone because we live in a world of tweets and instant messaging.
Even e-mail is becoming a little bit old school.
So, if you need to invite friends to a party in 2015, it’s easy.
All you need to do is create an event on Facebook and invite all the friends you want to come.
They’ll receive the invitation in their inbox and just need to click whether they will attend or not.
What a simple and convenient way to do it.
I suppose, on the face of it, this seems like a good thing with less time consumed.
But is it really a step forward?
According to an article I read recently, modern technology is making us lazy in how we deal each other.
Apparently we are now horribly out of practice when it comes to face-to-face dealings with strangers.
Basically, technology is grabbing hold of our manners and running away with them.
Have you ever been at work and received an e-mail from someone who is sitting right next to you? I know I have.
Why on earth couldn’t they just lean over and speak to me?
The article also revealed that people now have no problem having loud conversations on their mobile phones in places such as a normally quiet library, at the supermarket checkout, or even while eating in a restaurant.
I remember when my phone once rang out in a train’s ‘quiet zone’.
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As a parent, I want my children to grow up using all the technology available to them.
But I hope this will not be at the expense of their day-to-day social skills.
These are skills like greeting people with a simple ‘hello’ and actually making eye contact when having a conversation.
I know it’s old-fashioned, but that’s what we used to do.
I also hope later in life, when my daughters are in a library, they will choose to go outside to have a phone conversation and that they will also respect the ‘quiet zone’ on the train.
But of course, as a dutiful parent, I must practise what I preach and lead by example.
This means always remembering to say please and thank you.
Should I forget, I have a three-year-old and a five-year-old to remind me, which they do, vociferously and often.
I don’t think I need to worry.