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August 17, 2009

Parents Texting and Tweeting - The Commercial

I was sitting on the sofa, using a lapdesk and my notebook to blog, Facebook and Twitter after the kids went to sleep tonight. When what happens, I turned on the TV (so I could add another type of media to my night) and this commercial came on. It was a Verizon commercial where the KIDS are lecturing their texting and tweeting parents about their lack of online social networking etiquette. The commercial represents the new modern world: it is well known parents are as addicted to online social networking as their kids.

Geek Sugar also found the commercial amusing..

Mobivity posted 2/09 on a related note "Text Messaging is not just for kids anymore". That post included the following excerpt from Ars Technica:

AT&T conducted 1,048 online interviews with parents  to get a feel for their usage patterns. They found that 76 percent of parents feel that their children are more likely to keep them abreast of their activities through text messaging than other methods. 73 percent said that their kids were more likely to respond to a text message than other methods of communication, and a full half of parents feel that text messaging with their kids makes them “cool.”

So now I can add feeling "cool" to my activities tonight.


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Oh man... my 4 yo has been known to say (joking and with a laugh, but ringing true): "Mommy, get off of Facebook! Daddy, never get on Facebook!" (my husband is totally anti social media)... a glimpse into the future... -Christine

My kids have been known to say "Mommy, its ok, you can bring your computer down to the floor to play with me. I know you love it." Sad. My resolution for this school year is to be OFF the computer and OFF my iPhone after they get home from school. Well...mostly. Wish me luck!

Love that video! So true.

Hey, I am teaching Intro to Digital Media this semester and will be creating an online course for it - which means getting even more immersed in digital technology. Any suggestions for a good microphone headset - (or any companies needed technology reviews? - I could assign it for homework! - hehe.)

Thanks so much!


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