Edited By Carol J. Bruess
22. The Technology-Focused Genogram: A Tool for Exploring Intergenerational Family Communication Patterns around Technology Use
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A Tool for Exploring Intergenerational Family Communication Patterns around Technology Use
MARKIE L. C. BLUMER
University of Wisconsin–Stout
KATHERINE M. HERTLEIN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
AUTHORS NOTE: A note of thanks to Megan VandenBosch, Graduate Assistant, University of Wisconsin–Stout Human Development and Family Studies Department, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, for her assistance with references and editing of earlier drafts.
According to the Internet World Statistics (2012), as of June 2012 approximately 2.5 billion of the more than 7 billion people in the world are Internet users. Indeed, communication via various technologies for many is an everyday occurrence, particularly in the global regional areas known as Asia, Europe, and North America (Internet World Statistics, 2012). Technology’s immersion is not just pervasive, it is also prominent in daily life—some days more so than others. For instance, recently I (M. L. C. B.) met with a colleague for dinner—for the first time—an occurrence that started and ended on a smartphone. Although we were in the same restaurant, we used our smartphones to “find” each other because neither had met the other before or knew what the other looked like, and each was waiting in separate areas of the building thinking the other was probably late. After texting and finding each other across the room, we started our dinner.
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