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Rough DraftThere is a growing divide between families in todays society This is due to the increased use of technology Verbal communication is limited between families More are relying on communicating ideas through their laptop smart phone e-mail or text message Families are more concerned with being plugged into their devices rather than communicating verbally with one another Before these technological advances quality time held more of a value and contributed to healthier relationshipsFirst off technology presents a barrier between human interactions as stated in Alex Williams article Quality Time Redefined The American living room in 2011 can often seem less like an oasis for shared activities even if that just means watching television together than an entangled intersection of data traffic- everyone huddled in a cyber-cocoon Page 94 Watching television together is not to be defined as a healthy way to spend quality time Healthy activities are being active with ones body and engaging in intellectual conversation with each other Yet some families of today are not even watching television together which may not be considered quality time together but it at least requires that the family be together and focused in on one device rather than 4 separate ones Second it is vital in order to have quality family time there needs to be designated times in which there are no technology devices in use This needs to include but are not limited to mealtimes bedtime and time of achievement or recognition being defined as sporting events grade awards or performances Gary Soto explains his childhood mealtime experience as Our own talk at dinner was loud with belly laughs and marked by pointing forks at one another Page 25 This is quickly becoming extinct and less common that families actually gather around a table for a meal and simply talk about the day together or interact at all for that matterThird another important role in achieving quality family time is that the
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