Three types of family: nuclear, extended & smartphone family

Remember the basics in social studies then, there are two types of family: nuclear & extended. Nuclear where you have only a man, his wife (or wives) and their children only while extended is where you have a nuclear make up plus the aunties, uncles, grannies etc. But I have realized that there’s a third type in the mix nowadays — the smartphone or rather the SMART family. Yes, this is a family that consists of the father and his htc one plus his ipad plus his mobile dstv, the mother and her iphone 5 plus her galaxy note 2014 edition and their children with phones and games.

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These so called smart families can stay days with conversations,  just the occasional “hello”, “welcome”, “how was school”. And its amazing how this has become a norm. Wives realise their husbands will not be back at night because of an out of state meeting from the husband’s BBM status: Oh boy! See fire!! This meeting is ablaze. Children don’t need to ask their parents for help doing their homework as they can practically get their answers online. Husbands know about their wives attending a wedding or party days after the event when the pictures are uploaded on Facebook & other social media although none of them had travelled prior to the event.

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The funniest part of a smart family is that the members don’t realise how their technology is affecting their home/relationship life. They are quite engrossed in their different gadgets to notice that they have more of a relationship with their Facebook & BBM friends than their immediate family.

The Smart family can be really nice especially when one sends a link to others to check out and everyone is laughing at the same joke but to different devices now instead of people.

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Laughing at devices rather than with people

These days the smart family setting is on garnering more fans. But we should do well to remember the downsides and remember that one can hardly go wrong if one prioritises wella. We should do well to remember that the smart family consists of other members apart from the smart devices, so time should be shared amongst all members, gadgets inclusive but we shouldn’t let technology take away the ‘family’ from the ‘Smart’

Because if we don’t,  we might be left with only the 4th type of family: the ‘one man & his smart devices’ family.

P.S: Just noticed that only the women in my pics seemed bothered by the gadget craze or is just me????

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