Tech Mashup (tech blog)

Social Media; Our generation’s phone tree

By: Tim Coles
By: Tim Coles

Things happen in our lives where we have to let a lot of people know what is going on and this past week my mother fell and broke her hip. Our family lives in a lot of other places and I needed to focus on mother while also being able to communicate with family.

Things happen in our lives where we have to let a lot of people know what is going on and this past week my mother fell and broke her hip.  Our family lives in a lot of other places and I needed to focus on mother while also being able to communicate with family.  In the past we used the phone tree method to get information out.  For the younger generation that means one person calls one to two others passing along information, from there they call one to two others passing along information.  This keeps going until everyone is contacted on the phone tree.  Social media is our generation’s phone tree.  Instead of calling everyone to update them on my mother’s medical progress I used facebook.  In the five days that we have been dealing with this I have posted at least once or twice a day.  As I look back and it has been the most efficient way to communicate.  As I sat in the waiting room while mother was in the operating room I watched how others were communicating.  This waiting room had about seven different families including myself and it was their age that determined how they were communicating.  The older generation was talking on the phone.  The younger generation was taping away either texting or like myself posting on facebook via a smart phone.  Communication channels have made it so much easier to get a message out.  I think back when my father passed away 15 years ago and these communication channels were not available.  We had to rely on the phone to communicate.  This method was slow and time consuming.  Facebook allowed me to get the message out while not taking time away from tending to my mother.  Thank you Facebook.    

This is Tim Coles and you have had your Technology sermon.  Comment below or email me at tcoles@wkyt.com.

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