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Ten tech things you don't want to do in 2010



We all make New Year's resolutions. A few of us even stick to them past the first week of January.

Some of the time, our resolutions involve a positive action – "I am going to try and be nicer to my neighbor's dog!" – but most of the time they involve giving something up, like those 450-calorie muffins that taste so good with coffee in the morning.

Nowhere is a resolution not to do something more important than in the world of technology. Although tech gadgets and gizmos have transformed our lives and turned us into always-connected, super-efficient workers and parents, there are limits. If we're not careful, technology quickly starts running us rather than the other way around.

So here are The Online Mom's Top 10 suggestions for things you don't want to do in 2010 when it comes to the wonderful world of technology:

  1. Don't buy yet another iPod. OK, so the Nano can now take video…but so can your camcorder! The last thing you need is another charger to search for.
  2. Don't Tweet from church. Some things you just don't do!
  3. Don't spy on your teenage daughter's e-mail. If you have a lovely, well-adjusted child with lots of friends, be thankful! Don't ruin your relationship by prying into her personal life.
  4. Stop posting Facebook updates that just say: "It's a beautiful day!" Is there anything more annoying?
  5. Don't buy your 12-year-old a smartphone. Smartphones are for smart people. 12-year-olds may be bright but they're not smart!
  6. Don't buy your 7-year-old any kind of phone. Who are they going to phone anyway? It will just gather dust and get in the way when you're looking for that iPod charger.
  7. Don't insist on wiring Grandma. Just because you're connected 24/7 doesn't mean everyone else is or even wants to be. If she says she's too old to learn e-mail, then don't fight it. Pick up the phone instead.
  8. Don't buy a digital picture frame. Or at least not until someone makes a frame that wouldn't be the ugliest thing in your house!
  9. Don't allow web cams in the bedroom. Web cams are for work, long-distance relatives and porn stars. Nothing good can come from teenagers having web cams in their bedrooms.
  10. Don't check e-mail at the dinner table.  Want to cut down on your kids' screen time? Set a good example. If you don't reach for the Blackberry, they won't reach for the Nintendo DS.

Do you have a New Year's tech resolution? Share it with The Online Mom!  



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Comment by Erin @erinjeany, posted 12/24/2009, 8:33 AM:

I don't think I can think of anything to add to this list! Love it!
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