By Lisa Davidson
Technology is more present than ever in our daily lives, whether you live in Europe or the US. Who can imagine a life without smartphone, tablets and computers?
As moms, we love technology for its perks and handiness; we love it for entertaining ourselves and our little ones; we love it for educational purposes and mindful activities.
But with new technology comes the fear of the unknown. We fear it for uncertain developmental consequences; we dread the guilty feeling of using it as a cheap babysitter. Is this a universal phenomenal?
According to Forbes, American companies are still leading the tech scene. In fact, 15 of the 25 largest tech companies are from the United States, including Apple, Microsoft, IBM and Facebook. But these companies don’t just influence the domestic market, they make their mark on the whole world.
Growing up in Germany, I imagined the US as being a modernized world. In my imagination, everything was bigger, better, faster and newer over there.
After living there for several years, I think a little differently. I don’t think the US necessarily has newer or better technology, but I do think people and businesses use it more to their own advantage.
Something I’ll try to use in my daily life as a mom as well.
As with almost everything, technology can be beneficial and harmful, helpful and addictive. The right dosage is important.
We have to accept the fact that our generation is different than the ones before and the one after us. That isn’t necessarily bad. Technology changes the world and the lives within it – more often than not to our own advantage.
In the end, it all depends on how much we let technology influence us and our children. How much life you let it take over; how much you let technology help or hurt. We live in a technological world but we don’t have to let technology take over our lives.
Lisa Davidson, mother of two energetic and drama-prone little divas, aged 2 and 4, studied Journalism in Munich and spent most of her time before having children writing for various publishers and travelling the world. After multiple moves inside and outside Germany, her latest pit-stop brought her to Texas, far from home but not from her heart. Now the days contain less scribbling in journals, but instead accomplishing tricky toddler crafts from Pinterest, less strolling in high heels through European metropolises, but instead trying to connect her daughters to her own culture. She is a busy mommy who knows how hard it can be to be far away from old friends and family, and she wants to help fellow moms to stay always true to themselves – no matter how stressful life can be or where their journey might take them.