Sunday, January 15, 2012


Did all of you see Nathan Bransford's 2011 e-book poll last November? Since 2007, he's been taking informal polls on where his readers stand regarding e-books. While he has a disclaimer stating it isn't scientific and it's for entertainment purposes only, I still find it super interesting. Check it out and peek at the bar graphs for each year. I've voted multiple years, and not always the same way. It took me a while to get excited about e-readers, but eventually I wanted one. My family gave me a Nook, and I love it. Love it, love it, love it!

That said, I see a negative side to all this technology at our fingertips. Now that I can check e-mail from my phone, I find I do it even when I'm not expecting anything importa
nt. I can, therefore I do.

I remember fondly the days when kids drew posters for reports instead of doing PowerPoint presentations. That said, I want my kids up on the latest and greatest technologies for work and play. I want them to stay comfortable and confident in today's world as well
as tomorrow's. But I also see missed opportunities where imagination could have been exercised, small motor skills could have been practiced, and human interaction could have been experienced.

While I embrace the e-book, my laptop, the Internet (Blogging! Book research! E-mail! So much great stuff!), and the Starbucks locator on my cell, I sometimes wonder if today's kids are getting the raw end of the deal. I wonder what we're doing to our attention spans, our inner qu
iet, and sometimes even our creativity. Are we moving forward or backward?

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Ann Droyd's GOODNIGHT IPAD: A PARODY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION is pretty dang clever. Have you read it?

I won't be posting next weekend because my family has tons of stuff on the calendar, but I'll be back the following weekend.
Happy writing to all of you!


Angelina C. Hansen said...

You've read my mind, Dawn. Five years ago I did not own my own computer, didn't have an iPod, no Twitter, no blog, no Google Reader.
A few months ago I felt electronically addicted and overwhelmed, like I'd lost touch with my inner calm. So I backed off. I feel more balanced now. And I am still quite content without an eReader. Sometimes I just need to be unplugged.

Dawn Simon said...

Angelina, I love the way you said that. Sometimes I just need to be unplugged, too. Some writing days I keep my e-mail turned off until I hit my page count, though I haven't been good about that lately. I wrote this year's writing goals on Friday and I gave myself some Internet rules.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's an interesting graph. The never bar is decreasing.

For the first year of having my Blackberry, I would wake up in the middle of the night and check my email. I now place the phone away from me when I sleep. I also turned off the email notification sound so that I'm not checking it constantly.

I'm spending less time online and getting more things done.

These days, at least where I am, technology is built into the curriculum. Teachers have to expose students to technology, but I still break out the crayons and markers.

Have a great week.

Dawn Simon said...

Medeia, your time management skills always sound pretty darn impressive. :)

I'm sooo glad technology is built into the curriculum. It is here, too, thank goodness. The kids need to learn it and be comfortable with it (and today's kids are way better at it than I'll ever be). But...I'm also really glad you pull out the crayons and the markers as well!

Susan Fields said...

I couldn't agree more, Dawn! All this new technology seems great, but I do wonder about the effect on our children. When I take the dog for a walk, I prefer to go alone so I can enjoy the quiet and hear myself think. But my daughter won't take the dog for a walk if her iPod isn't recharged - it's too boring without music.

Nancy Thompson said...

As an artist and designer, I couldn't agree with you more. But kids will always find an outlet for their creativity, even it's not the same way we did.

(I have a tablet with the Kindle app, but I haven't used it yet. Wonder if I ever will.)

Melissa Sugar said...

I think it is a good idea for us to get unplugged every now and then. I remember one weekend not too long ago when comcast was out (for us that is telephone, internet and cable.) The repairman was not scheduled to come until Monday and my kids acted as if we would be without food, water, electricity and plumbing. They were so distraught and asking, "But mom what can we do, what do we do?"
We ended up playing hide sand go seek, charades, board games and having an awesome time. I felt closer to my family that weekend that ever before and ever since. That says a lot.

Speaking of e-readers, I am hosting a blogfest (sorry my post is unbearably long) but one of the prizes is a kindle fire e-reader if you are interested.

Dawn Simon said...

It's so interesting to read everyone's comments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Have a great weekend! :)

Kari Marie White said...

Beloved Husband and I were just having a chuckle over how pagers used to be the "in" thing and you'd have to run around looking for a phone...I love my cell phone, but I've been wondering if I'm a bit...addicted to it. Maybe it's time I lock it in a cabinet for a week and see what happens.

Kiki Hamilton said...

So interesting to see the trend. I have to admit, I just bought an e-reader (a Kindle Fire) and I love it, though I never thought I would. But I like it for the multiple tasks it can do (email, games, web, documents)which is what really sold me on it. But I agree - our kids need to be tech-savvy but they also need to be able to entertain themselves without plugging in. I've had to work on unplugging myself at times - but with practice - it gets easier!! :-)

Old Kitty said...

I do like some new tech - email, the internet and its many applications and possibilities but I still pooh-pooh others especially all things e! I work in an academic library where students these days tend to rely on instant results via their pc's, laptops and phones but are most miffed when I actually tell them to physically find a journal issue or a print book to enhance and complete their research LOL!

Take care

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

I saw that book in the library and wondered whether it was good or not! I'll have to check it out next time. :)

I am not a techy person. I don't even have a cell phone. I know I'm being left in Caveland, but I don't care yet. I love it that when I'm away from my computer I'm really away from my computer. :)

Susan R. Mills said...

Well said! You expressed my thoughts exactly.

Paul Greci said...

I think about this topic often. Thanks, Dawn.