For Immediate Release
Nov. 15, 2010

MOM AUTHOR: FACEBOOK E-MAIL ANNOUNCEMENT IS VALIDATION TO CRITICISM OF TECHNOLOGY’S IMPACT ON FAMILY CONVERSATION

Changes in micro-messaging further eroding abilities for modern families to communicate effectively

ST. PETERSBURG, FL:  In her 2010 book, Dr. Mommy’s Life Lessons, Dr. Daisy Sutherland wrote, “with today’s youth … the art of conversation is lost” because of their dependency on computers, emails, online chats and texting.

With the announcement Monday from Facebook of their efforts to end the dependency on email, which Facebook CEO said is “past its prime,” and move to an online world more inclusive of IMs and chats that are simpler, “more fun,” and more valuable to use, Sutherland says we as a society are going to move even further away from meaningful communications with our children and families if something isn’t done to curb dependency on technology for conversations and relationships.

“I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the advancements in communications being announced by Facebook, what I’m saying in my book is that we as families have let ourselves become too dependent on technology in order to communicate and it’s having an adverse impact on families and communications in general,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland, who describes dependency on technology for communications as an “addiction,” said parents need to take steps to “disconnect” their families from technology more and more frequently.

“As parents, we all want our children to have the best opportunities when it comes to learning how to communicate and have positive, meaningful relationships,” Sutherland says.  “Today, we see TV advertisements even encouraging face-to-face relationship breakups being done via text, voicemail, email and calling over the phone, even when the other person is sitting in front of the other.  That last part is something of an exaggeration, but the rest of it is not.”

In her book, Sutherland challenges other parents to “unplug” for the sake of their families.  “Dust off the games, the actual board games, puzzles, checkers … and place them on the table.  Your children will start to migrate to those so-called old-fashioned games, and you will engage in true conversation,” as you interact with each other.

Sutherland said that during the upcoming Holiday season, this is especially important for families.

“For some families, getting together during the holiday season is about the only time the entire family gathers throughout the calendar year.  What better a time than to put away the gadgets and find ways to really and truly connect with family members?” Sutherland said.

Other items covered in Sutherland’s 2010 book include combating negative influences on children by building self-confidence and self-esteem; relieving family stress through the art of simplification; keeping the teen years as drama-free as possible; and disciplining children properly.

Sutherland’s self-help, inspirational, parenting book is available at DrMommyBooks.com and sells for $12.95 in the United States.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland

Dr. Sutherland is the founder and CEO of Dr. Mommy, LLC.  She is 40-something and married with five children.  She also is a doctor of Chiropractic by profession, writer, mentor, business owner, office administrator, teacher, chef, chauffer, and too many more titles to list.  After considerable soul searching, she gave up her profession and decided to devote her time to her family.

Claxton Creative, LLC

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