What I Love About the Personal Side of Technology

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

The Personal Side of Technology

~ What I Really Like About it ~

 

I could go on and on about what I like about technology as it relates to my real estate business. No doubt you could as well.

 

there are pros and cons of personal textingAnd I could grouse about quite a few things, too – people wanting instant responses and late at night, emails and texts that don’t go through, unforeseen downtime at the worst possible moments, inability to connect to the Internet, spam, hackers, malware and adware, and viruses, to name a few.

 

But there’s a side of technology I really like. And that’s the personal side.

 

Ignoring the fact that personal communication has changed dramatically and become more impersonal and even lacking with the growth of technology - people spending time on their smartphones rather than joining in conversations while sitting at a table, or taking calls and responding to texts at inopportune times - there are some aspects to today’s technology that I really like.

 

animated heartsTake the ability to take and share personal photos in just a few seconds. Oh, remember the days when you had to wait to get your film processed, and get the photos back, and only then could you enjoy them or even share them…by snail mail with family members.

 

It took many days, and it was expensive! And the same with videos!

 

Today we have hundreds, no thousands, of photos of our family and the grandkids, as well as other family members, events, vacations, and so much more that we can readily enjoy over and over and share with each other and other family members and friends.

 

sharing photos onlineOur daughters both have Tumblr sites (private, of course) for keeping photos, videos, and quotes and commentary (you know kids can say the darnedest things) as their kids are growing up.

 

They literally have a chronicle of daily life of their kids growing up that we can also enjoy even though we are not there – the first bath, the first time they sat up, birthday milestones, the first steps, the first bike ride without training wheels (just the other day for the 4 ½ year old), the funny and touching moments all families have. In the past these previous times would only have been available to those who were there in the moment.

 

Facetime is a personal favorite, too, shared at least once per week but often multiple times…moments in real time enjoying our kids and grandkids face to face. Of course the little ones don’t appreciate it the way we do, and tend to do their own thing rather than sitting there chatting with us, but we get to enjoy them as if we were there.

 

No, it’s not the same as face to face for the personal touches, hugs, kisses and interactions, but far better than going weeks without seeing them. One does have to wonder how that generation will look back on these times, and the recorded memories of their young lives, plus the interactions via technology.

 

Any thoughts, pro or con? 

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Chris Ann Cleland
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There are definitely advantages to the digital age.  Sharing photos is certainly one of them.

May 23, 2016 07:18 AM #60
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Remember the baby books many of us kept about our children's first 4 or 5 years? Now with technology we have the new version, on steroids! 

May 23, 2016 11:35 AM #61
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Jeff, it is the most exciting part of technology!  The sharing and staying in touch through all of the different platforms is what caused me to embrace them in the first place.  Thank goodness I am an early adopter of technology.  Never look back.  Have a Happy Week!

May 23, 2016 11:55 AM #62
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Hey David Jones 

Well there are certainly some things about the good old days that I remember fondly. Different times these days, for sure.

Jeff

May 23, 2016 01:04 PM #63
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Apart from business, the photo piece for me may be one of my favorites.

Jeff

May 23, 2016 01:05 PM #64
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Lottie Kendall 

You're right! What a great way of thinking about it. It will be interesting to see what the kids think as they get older about all the stuff parents and grandparents have recorded!

Jeff

May 23, 2016 01:07 PM #65
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Diana L Faulkner 
That's certainly what has appealed to me from the beginning.

Have a great week yourself!

Jeff

May 23, 2016 01:09 PM #66
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For me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. It is easy to take for granted all that technology offers today. Reading through your post is a reminder of the way we can now connect with family and friends that was not always so easy. Great post!

May 23, 2016 11:39 PM #67
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Thank you, Donna Quinlan 

I know I have really appreciated the ability to stay connected and to share photos and videos with our family any time we wish. There have been many special moments that would have been missed in the old days of photography.

Jeff

May 23, 2016 11:44 PM #68
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Actually, I feel we've totally lost a foreign word called Verbal Communication and I resent clients who think it's quite alright to text you late at night asking for something that could easily be handled tomorrow. I am flying 2500 miles to spend a few weeks IN PERSON with my son, two daughter-laws, three of my four granddaughters, and several old friends who I have know since 1951 and 1965. I'm getting ready to HUG ALL OF THEM. Try doing that on FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, etc, etc, etc.

May 24, 2016 12:56 AM #69
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Nancy Hankin 

How wonderful - sounds like it will be a very special time. Certainly we cannot replace those types of moments with technology, and sharing photos and pics. But if you could not make that journey, aren't the shared photos and videos something you would also enjoy?

Jeff

May 24, 2016 02:49 AM #70
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Jeff:

I get close to 5-7 Facebook emails each day trying to pick me up. Mostly from women in foreign countries who have a poor grasp of English. I also get 7-10 requests on Google Plus and LinkedIn. Each day I waste at least a valuable hour BLACKLISTING these requests on my MS Exchange Server and also on another Spam Blocker. Please note I am NOT A YOUNGSTER and I have granddaughters 30-28-18-2. I am recently widowed and it irks me to no end that social media has become a cheap way to create personal relationships and ask for dates with very suggestive comments and I do not appreciate this PERSONAL INTRUSION. I would be happy to wait a month for photos if the family wanted to mail them, or send these to me PRIVATELY on my email. It's a shame people do not respect that these social media sites should not be used as a "pick-up" joint! Excuse my rath, but I am NOT a friend of social media because these "scammers" are using it for their own sick pleasure. I'm sure this is happening to others as well..

May 24, 2016 03:38 AM #71
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Nancy

Most of the sharing we do with photos and videos IS via our private emails and texting. Some family members will not participate on FB and other sites at all, or do not share much in the way of personal photos and information.

No doubt there is a lot of malicious behavior out there and the only way I know to avoid it is to avoid social media sites, or be extremely careful with privacy settings, and even then I doubt privacy is guaranteed. The fact that we are in a public business with our names, phone numbers and emails all over makes it hard to completely avoid all the crap that can come our way. 

I'm sorry you have had such bad experiences, and there are no doubt plenty of others who have had similar experiences, and perhaps worse. It certainly would take away from any pleasure that might come from online socializing. 

Jeff

May 24, 2016 08:25 AM #72
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I particularly hate the phone Jeff Dowler CRS  I won't answer it! I love the texts, facetime and instantly being able to share with people what I'm doing, I only wish my grandma was on social media, then she'd get her fair share of me...

May 27, 2016 05:30 AM #73
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Hi Jeff! I can't imagine life in the olden days as far as realestate goes.  I couldn't have done it.    Also glad there was no facebook while I was a teen!  Love using it all now! 

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Jeff Dowler CRS - Great topic - I have said many times that the only constant in life is CHANGE.  I used to fight it all the time and realized it was a losing battle.  Now I embrace the positive aspects of what change brings.  

I have my first grandchild and I get to see a pic or 2 or 3 (!!!) every morning.  What could be better than that! I have no problem with clients getting a hold of me any way they can. The only times I don't answer is if I am with someone else, sleeping or getting ready in the morning. I will not be rude and text or answer phone calls when I am with others. 

May 27, 2016 11:46 PM #75
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE 

Well I feel the same. We love seeing the photos and the videos of the grandkids, and the lids Tumblr sites with years of photos and videos is such a treasure

Jeff

May 28, 2016 12:01 AM #76
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Tori Toth 

I don't mind the phone (other than the telemarketers). Facetime is great. I have use it a few times with clients

Jeff

May 28, 2016 12:03 AM #77
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The funny thing is I just turned on I Heart Radio and your hearts are dancing to Uptown Funk!  Had to share that tidbit since I'm listening to the radio on my computer.  Great post as always!

Jun 07, 2016 12:06 PM #78
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Hi Jan Green 

First of all thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked it, including my dancing hearts...and who doesn't like that Uptown Funk for dancing!!??

Jeff

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