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There’s no question that technology, like Skype and FaceTime, has made it easier than ever to stay connected with family and friends across the country and around the world. But has it done so at the expense of in-person communications? Do we have fewer face-to-face conversations with family members because we’re busy texting, tweeting and posting photos on Instagram? Probably. Okay, yes.
According to a 2012 report on mobile trends issued by the Pew Internet Project, 67 percent of cell phone users say they check their phones for messages and alerts even when their phones are not buzzing or beeping. This is time that could be spent engaging directly with family and friends. Now, more than ever, we need to back away from our computers, put down our cell phones and tablets, and engage with family. It’s time for a family reunion.