Technology is absolutely everywhere and as frustrating and exasperating as it may be, it isn’t going anywhere, so we need to get used to it. There is nothing worse than being in a room full of people, trying to have a conversation, while everyone has their heads down staring at their phone. And the modern Christmas looks set to be just like this. We cannot escape technology and the influence it has over every single part of life. Instead we need to come to terms with the fact that life has changed and conversations are more likely to be had via text than in person (even if you are in the same room).
Christmas wishlists are set to be brimming with technology; the latest must-have consoles and other devices, as well as accessories such as CDs and DVDs from the likes of www.discmakers.co.uk. The remainder of Christmas Day will then be spent setting up and getting to grips with items. Technology used to fulfil entertainment needs but now it is a way of life.
With technology having so many capabilities, it is easy to lose hours at a time looking and playing with the latest tablet, phone or laptop. Christmas used to see people binging on dinners before settling down in front of the TV, or even playing a friendly game of charades or Connect 4. But, not anymore.
Everything is different now and unless the room full of Christmas guests all share an interest in the iPad or videogames console, there could be a number of awkward silences. Rather than trying to beat off the presence of technology with a stick, it just needs to be accepted. You will be fighting a losing battle as you beg family members to stop tweeting to eat their turkey.
Instead, just understand that technology will form a huge part of the Christmas celebrations, which will no doubt be splashed across social media.
Technology is in fact sneaking into every part of life, as well as every part of Christmas Day. You will be surprised at the things you take for granted, that rely on modern technology such as the touch sensitive hob that will cook the spuds and the high definition television, which will air the Queen’s speech. Many of us are fully immersed in a technological life without really realising it.
The television has always formed an important part of Christmas Day entertainment. It has been the one thing that has enabled a family to come together, rather than tear each other part. So why should the use of a tablet be any more offensive? As long as there is some family interaction it just needs to be incorporated into the day.
A sentimental and traditional Christmas does still exist, it just comes in a very different form, as people’s wants and needs change and modern life interrupts.