The Influence of Technology on American Families

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When there are more television sets than members of a household under one roof, it is obvious that technology and media has greatly effected the contemporary American family. There are many forces and pressures that help to shape the American family that we all see, as well as, are a part of today. Technology and media has brought us very far as a country, but has also inflicted upon norms of yesterday. Technology is growing now just as fast as ever before and families are constantly changing because of it. Every age has its own new invention. New and exciting things started happening long ago. Progressions that got America to where it is today are tremendous. Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb in the late 1800's. The Wright Brothers claimed the first "gas motored and manned" airplane in 1903 (Bellis). These early times also held a place for Henry Ford and his assembly line. In the 1950's television sets were in most homes. The VCR was invented in 1971. Today, we have DVD players. The first modern computer, an IBM used for businesses, came into common knowledge of society in 1953. In 1980, the "personal computer" soon to be owned by a great mass of our population was invented (Bellis). Each and every one of these inventions have helped to shape all the families we know today. Forms of transportation are a necessity in today's society. Homes and work are usually very far apart, or at least not in a walking distance. In an age when mom, dad, and children are all working, everyone needs a car. When an adolescent turns 16 years old, the first thing he or she wants is a car. Some families who are better off will give a car as a birthday present. Other families may make stipulations such as giving their child a car as long ... ... middle of paper ... ...-mail, but it is still one of the top forms of communication to keep in contact with family and friends from all over. The progressions of technology and media has greatly effected the contemporary American family. There are many pressures that help to shape the modern American family. Some forces have more direct impacts than others. Technology is growing now just as fast as ever before and families are constantly changing because of it. From cars to television and computers American families have been shaped by technology. Works Cited Bellis, Mary. "Inventors." 27 Jan 2004. http://inventors.about.com/ "TV, Cable & DBS Data." Media Info Center. 27 Jan 2004. http://www.mediainfocenter.org/television/televisioncategories.asp
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