Family Conversations More Likely To Include 'LOL' Than 'Pass The Butter, Please'

from the changing-times dept

While you need to take this study with a large grain of salt, since it was paid for by T-Mobile (who has a vested interest in the results saying what they say), it does have a ring of truth to it that parents and kids often find it easier to communicate these days using various electronic means of communications. Rather than spending quality time around the dinner table, the study suggests that more tech savvy parents (and grandparents) are able to not just stay in touch with, but relate to, their kids much better by using the same electronic communication tools those kids are used to using with their friends. There will be some, of course, who find this troublesome, but if it actually does allow for better lines of communication within a family, that certainly seems like a good thing.

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    tribster, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 8:25am

    I Wonder..

    I Wonder How many times STFU is used.

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    Rebecca, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 8:36am

    Re: I Wonder..

    lmao! thanks for that, it's funny

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 9:08am


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 9:35am

    reading "OMG", "WTH" or even "STFU"/"FTSU" from non-tech-savy-grandma on my cellphone is absolute ROFL everytime! thanks t-mobile, for proving that old people still can make an ass out of themselves - even if they know they are intentional doing it or not.

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    Chronno S. Trigger, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 10:06am


    "Grandma, who could you be texting?"
    "IDK, My BFF Rose"

    I have noticed that a lot of people have even started talking that way. I also have noticed that the people who have worked with computers for years have no idea what they are talking about.

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    matt (profile), Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 10:41am

    speak vs read

    My parents are drastically opposed to technology, they barely use internet and can't troubleshoot their computers. However, I being the tech savvy person, still never says that stuff in public (any messaging program sure, but not verbally)

    I don't think in any of the games I played I ever heard anyone speak it aloud in vent/teamspeak/etc

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    r. lipschitz, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 11:10am

    Ahem, I think you have made a little logical mistake. Of course, even if the hypothesis is true that parents can more easily communicate with kids using electronic media, this certainly does not appear to be a "good thing" because it is the electronic media in the first place - as the main argument goes - that has rendered normal discussion non feasible.

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    Eric the Grey, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 12:11pm

    Re: I Wonder..

    My niece uses WTF instead of actually using the words. I guess she thinks it'll keep her out of trouble by not saying fu**.


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    barrenwaste, Oct 2nd, 2007 @ 1:12pm

    My family still spends evey holiday together, all the aunts and uncles, neices and nephews, cousins, and that wierd couple that we really don't know how they are related to us. I'm 30 years old, and still get together with my brother, his wife and kid, and my mom and pops at least once a month for a sit down meal, cards, and a beer or two. It's not that electronic media is changing the family dynamic, it's just that sociatel mores are changing and the electronics businesses are capitalizing on the changes. People just don't care as much about family these days. Sad, but true.

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    anonymous, Jul 28th, 2009 @ 1:34am

    that's funny

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