Sunday, April 17, 2011

Technology: Affording the Traveling Soul Communication with Home

I have been away from home for almost three months at this point.

While it's been mostly good, it's also been filled with moments of tension, stress, challenge, anxiety, and hurt. Nothing is perfect, not even a semester abroad in the Eternal City (although, I will admit, it's pretty close). But the beauty of living in the 21st Century means that there is this amazing thing called technology that allows me to keep in touch with the people from home better than I would have in my mom's generation.

Do you see this picture here? This is a picture of some of my closest friends from La Salle, where I go to college back home in the United States. I lived with the girls last semester, and we lived next door to the boys--and while they are all absolutely ridiculous and crazy, I love them all with all of my heart.

The cool thing is, this picture wasn't taken before I left. It wasn't taken last year. It wasn't taken with one of their cameras and sent to me through facebook, e-mail, snail mail, or any kind of mail for that matter. It was taken when I was Skyping with them on my computer, and I quickly snapped a screen shot of them all to keep on my laptop whenever I needed to smile. And I find it absolutely incredible that I am able to do this kind of thing.

Think about it, communication is easier than it ever has been in the past. There is no reason to not keep in touch with your family and friends while you are away from home. What with Facebook, Skype, iChat, Blackberrys, iPhones, e-mail, instant message, G-mail Chat, blogs, and twitter, all in addition to snail mail we literally have no excuse.

So what are you waiting for? Send someone an e-mail, text or IM letting them know that you're thinking about them and hope they are well. It's so simple, quick and convenient--and you won't regret it!

What is your favorite thing about technology and what it allows you to do in today's society? How has it helped you keep in touch when you've been away from home? What is your preferred method of communication?


  1. Hi Hayley! :]
    Technology is amazing! But the bad thing about it is like when a tornado hits your town and no one has any signal whatsoever to find out if their loved ones are okay...
    Mmmmm yea, that happened to me over the weekend...

    It showed many phone towers knocked down on the news! It was like hardly no one had signal in the majority of North Carolina! But other than that... tech is great!

    I found you via 20sb! I'm following your blog now!

    Come visit me back at []!

    XOXO --Shar

  2. Hey Shar,

    I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your town over the weekend. You said you live in North Carolina? Was everyone okay? Best of luck to you and your family during this time!


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