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-I come from a beautiful country in Africa, Rwanda, that is miles and miles away from the USA – It takes a full 24 hours and sometimes a couple more hours to travel from the US to Kigali which is the capital of Rwanda. Consequently, ​one can imagine that I don’t get to take back and forth trips very often to go see my family that resides there. Luckily, all the advances in social media technology have lessen the burden of distance. Despite all the miles separating us, I am able to Skype, FaceTime, Viber or Whatsapp my mother any time I need to talk to her. I can exchange snapchats with my siblings all day long which makes me feel like we are spending the day together. ​+I come from a beautiful country in Africa, Rwanda, that is miles and miles away from the USA – It takes a full 24 hours and sometimes a couple more hours to travel from the US to Kigali which is the capital of Rwanda. Consequently,​ I don’t get to take back and forth trips very often to go see my family that resides there. Luckily, all the advances in social media technology have lessen the burden of distance. Despite all the miles separating us, I am able to Skype, FaceTime, Viber or Whatsapp my mother any time I need to talk to her. I can exchange snapchats with my siblings all day long which makes me feel like we are spending the day together. ​
 Technology has facilitated family connections in many aspects; however, in addition to easy access to communication,​ technology comes with many distractions that can easily get one absorbed into the virtual world and neglect or pay less attention to spending quality time with their family. The sections below will discuss both the good and bad aspects of advances in technology and connectivity... Technology has facilitated family connections in many aspects; however, in addition to easy access to communication,​ technology comes with many distractions that can easily get one absorbed into the virtual world and neglect or pay less attention to spending quality time with their family. The sections below will discuss both the good and bad aspects of advances in technology and connectivity...
  
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 What happens when digital communication is overused? What happens when one's phone buzzes so much during the day from text messages from their loved one telling them every single detail of their day from the sandwich they had to the annoying meeting they were forced to sit in for hours, and the wonderful new movie they have to go watch . What happens when so much is said via our little gadgets that when it is time to finally go home and talk to each other there is nothing new, exciting left to tell.  The author-Dockterman- ,describes this generation'​s hyper-connectivity as a double-edged sword where on one hand we have the privilege of easy and quick accessibility to each other, while on the other hand we tend to overuse that accessibility.[( Time, http://​time.com/​7195/​how-skype-is-sabotaging-your-long-distance-relationship/​)] ​ Which raises these two questions in my mind: Could we be overexposing ourselves to technology, inhibiting the old fashion but very important, "Hi, how was your day?" dialogue found in couples/ families at the end of the day? What happens when digital communication is overused? What happens when one's phone buzzes so much during the day from text messages from their loved one telling them every single detail of their day from the sandwich they had to the annoying meeting they were forced to sit in for hours, and the wonderful new movie they have to go watch . What happens when so much is said via our little gadgets that when it is time to finally go home and talk to each other there is nothing new, exciting left to tell.  The author-Dockterman- ,describes this generation'​s hyper-connectivity as a double-edged sword where on one hand we have the privilege of easy and quick accessibility to each other, while on the other hand we tend to overuse that accessibility.[( Time, http://​time.com/​7195/​how-skype-is-sabotaging-your-long-distance-relationship/​)] ​ Which raises these two questions in my mind: Could we be overexposing ourselves to technology, inhibiting the old fashion but very important, "Hi, how was your day?" dialogue found in couples/ families at the end of the day?
  
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 How much and what type of technology- and the information that comes with it- one’s kids get exposed to can be hard to manage. Nowadays, there are online games for kids as little as 3 year old. And kids seem to be as excited about the little shiny gadgets as adults. A kid could be crying but when handed an iPhone that has nice melodies and beautiful pictures, they would stop. Manufactures have mastered the art of attraction, they will work hard at making better, faster, models that will put most of us in a waiting frenzy and we will all rush to the store to get the newest model as soon as it is available. This ‘technology frenzy’ happens in kids too. A kid could get so upset that they don’t have the newest model of the Xbox, while there is that kid from school who has it and keeps bragging about it. Consequently,​ the whole technology and gadget fury could bring into children’s minds unnecessary insecurity and envy issues. ​ How much and what type of technology- and the information that comes with it- one’s kids get exposed to can be hard to manage. Nowadays, there are online games for kids as little as 3 year old. And kids seem to be as excited about the little shiny gadgets as adults. A kid could be crying but when handed an iPhone that has nice melodies and beautiful pictures, they would stop. Manufactures have mastered the art of attraction, they will work hard at making better, faster, models that will put most of us in a waiting frenzy and we will all rush to the store to get the newest model as soon as it is available. This ‘technology frenzy’ happens in kids too. A kid could get so upset that they don’t have the newest model of the Xbox, while there is that kid from school who has it and keeps bragging about it. Consequently,​ the whole technology and gadget fury could bring into children’s minds unnecessary insecurity and envy issues. ​
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 The problem above doesn'​t apply to kids only; even adults find themselves prisoners of their phones, constantly checking their emails at the dinner table, absently listening to their partners which can be aggravating. Netburn explains that researchers found that: "​...Some families solved the problem by having a central location for technology, such as keeping computers, video games and television in a family room to keep kids from disappearing into their bedrooms. Researchers also found that rules in general, such as instituting a tech-free hour or two each day, are helpful in maintaining a sense of control and keeping technology from taking over the life of the family..."​[(Latimesblogs,​http://​latimesblogs.latimes.com/​technology/​2011/​07/​skyping-with-grandma-and-texting-at-the-dinner-table-a-new-report-examines-the-effect-of-technology-.html)]. ​ The problem above doesn'​t apply to kids only; even adults find themselves prisoners of their phones, constantly checking their emails at the dinner table, absently listening to their partners which can be aggravating. Netburn explains that researchers found that: "​...Some families solved the problem by having a central location for technology, such as keeping computers, video games and television in a family room to keep kids from disappearing into their bedrooms. Researchers also found that rules in general, such as instituting a tech-free hour or two each day, are helpful in maintaining a sense of control and keeping technology from taking over the life of the family..."​[(Latimesblogs,​http://​latimesblogs.latimes.com/​technology/​2011/​07/​skyping-with-grandma-and-texting-at-the-dinner-table-a-new-report-examines-the-effect-of-technology-.html)]. ​
  
 +======What are we trading in exchange for easy communication?​=======
  
-Overall, although all these different gadgets bring an ease to communicate,​ it comes at a great price and control is much needed when dealing with technology in order to maintain healthy family connections+{{ :whispering.jpg?200|}}
  
 +Important questions arise from the points made above concerning ease of connectivity:​
 +Although all these different gadgets bring various advantages to family connectivity,​is the info being exchanged through those devices safe? How much of it is confidential?​ Are we exchanging our privacy for ease of communication?​ Given the extensive amount of time we spend using out technological devices, how easy is it for someone else to access our personal info through those devices?
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 +Facebook and other social media sites are the common places where most teenagers spend their time[(Denvertpost,​http://​www.denverpost.com/​ci_18194787)].Instead of taking a walk at the park with their friends, they would rather stay in the comfort of their homes and exchange conversations through Facebook. How much is shared through the computer is where the problem lies since all the information inputted into our laptops and internet connected gadgets is stored and can be easily accessed by hackers. Oppmann, CNN editor, used Doug Klunder’s - director of the ACLU of Washington'​s Privacy Project- ​ words, "​Almost anything you do in today'​s society involves leaving a track,"​[(CNN,​http://​www.cnn.com/​2010/​TECH/​04/​14/​oppmann.off.the.grid/​index.html?​hpt=C2)] to show how much of our lives we share through technology.
 +Facebook and other social media platforms usually require basic information such as date of birth, and hometown which as Latanya Sweeney- director of the Data Privacy Lab- explains, most of us tend to easily give away. She then explains that with only those two informations one can easily track you down,try to figure out what your social security number is, and also know your address, what your house looks like, and up to how many bedrooms you own"​[(Harvard Magazine,​http://​harvardmagazine.com/​2009/​09/​privacy-erosion-in-internet-era)] . I find this to be  alarming because the internet is becoming a virtual world that parents cannot fully protect their children and themselves from. It is indispensable to constantly make sure that your children are not inputting info that could feed malware software. But this is becoming more and more difficult since hacking is getting more and more easy to achieve.
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 +Working at home through technological devices permits parents to attend important family events; however,
 +It is becoming increasingly easy for  hackers to have access to personal email exchanges. That is when the Government comes in play, by monitoring most of our digital moves , the government aims at protecting us from digital threats and malware. But as Gabriella Blum and Benjamin Wittes stress in their article"​ New Laws for New Threats Like Drones and Bioterrorism",​ it is impossible for the government to fully protect us when the means of one person harming the other are so easily available[(The Wall Street Journal,​http://​www.wsj.com/​articles/​new-laws-for-new-threats-like-drones-and-bioterrorism-1429297143?​mod=WSJ_hp_EditorsPicks)]. Nowadays virtually anyone has the ability to harm their neighbor if they decide to do so without necessarily having to physically enter their home. To combat this, Blum and Wittes explains how the law needs new institutions that take into consideration the facts above.
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 + Since social media is a accessible almost globally, security policies should take into consideration that Information can be exchanged from one country to another without having to worry about having a passport in order to deliver that info to an international audience. Nations need to expand their international relationship and connections when it comes to security as opposed to having each country having their own legislation which might conflict with another country and in turn refrain internet security and safety. We need to look at this from a holistic approach. Information becomes interconnected once it is put on the internet, for example, info from the US gets merged with info from Canada ,Russia, Kenya and Australia. So, if some of that info was considered to be harmful and all those countries have different views of what is considered harmful, solving such an issue can become problematic,​ thus the need of a more uniform legislation among countries when it comes to security in the digital world.
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 +In order to somewhat benefit from the government'​s protection, we have to accept monitoring by the government to some extent. As Blum and Wittes put it, the National security agency is more adequately equipped to detect threats from a hacker trying to infiltrate your home than you are. However with that comes a great loss of privacy; a lot of personal data is kept by the NSA. Since, the NSA uses technology in order to monitor those threats, it is important to make sure that the technology they use stays safe from hackers[(The Wall Street Journal,​http://​www.wsj.com/​articles/​new-laws-for-new-threats-like-drones-and-bioterrorism-1429297143?​mod=WSJ_hp_EditorsPicks)]. The data stored by the NSA can be considered to be fairly safe but with all the advances in technology we never know what software a given hacker might design that permits them to enter such a highly controlled set of data. Because the internet ​ is so vast and so easily infiltrated the government decided to collaborate with major social media companies such as Google and Facebook which are required to communicate wiretape suspects[(The Wall Street Journal,​http://​www.wsj.com/​articles/​new-laws-for-new-threats-like-drones-and-bioterrorism-1429297143?​mod=WSJ_hp_EditorsPicks)].
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 +On a Ted Talk, Marc Goodman, author of the book " the future crimes",​ explains that criminals and hackers are keeping up with technology even more so than we are. He gives the example of a group of researchers who  videotaped people on a bus and used a software that enabled them to figure out information,​ such as passwords, from  passengers, using the reflection created by their devices screen[(TED,​https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=-E97Kgi0sR4)]. With a software like this, it doesn'​t require a hacker to be in close proximity with you and try to read what you are typing, or use your device'​s camera to hack into your phone, but instead this one will use the reflection coming from your device'​s screen.This shows how technology is advancing at a scarily fast pace.
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 +As Goodman puts it "​...The ability of one to affect many is scaling exponentially. It’s scaling for good and it’s scaling for evil..."​[(TED,​https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=-E97Kgi0sR4)]. Defibrillators are a great invention permitting doctors to control a patient'​s heart rate and administrate a shock when in need, but just like any software using device, these ones can be hacked which is scary to think of. Advances in DNA technology permits scientists to study DNA, and modify it in ways that are beneficial for us. As mentioned above, DNA can also be used to discover unknown family members; however, DNA is not immune to hacking as well. If an individual were to hack into the DNA matching software, and have access to  millions of people'​s genome, the possibilities of what they would do with that info are alarmingly endless. ​
 +3D-printing,​ an innovative technique that can help in many various domains ranging from architecture to medicine, is another great invention. However when Cody Wilson, the inventor of the 3D-printed gun announced on an interview that it only took around 20 hours to fully print the gun- the liberator [(youtube,​https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=H9MsYlnJVkM )], I immediately thought, while it might be a great invention for protection forces, criminals will want to get a hand of it as well. Why spend a lot of time arranging transfers of guns and ammunition when you can print some from the comfort of your house? That is where the problem lies.
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 +Overall, families have extensively benefited from the ease of communication that comes with technology. However, that ease comes at a great price-loss of privacy and security-and control is much needed when dealing with technology in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
  
  
  
  
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