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Old 11-29-08, 01:51 AM   #1
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NY times had a cute story the other day about toddlers videoconferencing with their grandparents. It makes me happy to see technology helping people do things other than make money, so i thought i'd share this.

The article brought up the possibility of people using video-conferencing to substitute for face-to-face interaction. I havent really done any research, but I feel like people can and will realize this is a communication tool rather than a subsitute for visits and this won't be an issue(?). I'd love to see this kind of thing happening in nursing homes and with isolated elderly people (great grandparents?). Anyone have any thoughts about this or face-to-face vs virtual contact in general?
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I think it is a good article and this is the age of technology. As far as substituting vs supplementing goes, well its par for the course really. What about the telephone? Does its existence cut down on the amount of face to face visits? Is the web-cam perhaps a tool which can replace phone contact instead? Not having face to face contact is not necessarily a bad thing. What about the beauty of teaching a child how to write a letter so they can share this with their grandparents? would anybody say 'this is a bad thing' I believe communications, in whatever form are good and people, for the most part will supplement them in the absence of personal contact and also substitute them for reasons of convenience. The important thing is that communication exists between families.

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