A New World of Communication

When Elie was in the army, our major forms of communication were phone conversations and SMS text messages. If I wanted to talk to him, I called or sent him a message. If he needed something or had the time, he’d do the same. Shmulik calls less often, mostly before Shabbat or when he’s getting ready to come home. But I can still hear from him in a new and unexpected way. It feels almost like eavesdropping.

Facebook.

I am friends with my sons on Facebook and can see their posts, their pictures, their comments. I watch Shmulik’s comments with his friends and see his interactions. I am constantly amazed by the number of friends there commenting about all manner of things. It’s very hot where Shmulik is – one of the hottest places in Israel. He hates the heat and he loves to come home. He writes when they are going out to the field. More, he simply communicates with his friends and it is fun to watch.

This is a new world of communication; a new way to see your children and hear what they are doing.

3 Comments on A New World of Communication

  1. I have been following my kids on facebook for more than a year. It gives me an entirely different view of my children.

  2. I have been watching my kids on FB also… kind of interesting, first they did not want me on at all!

    J shares with me, but my youngest has me blocked from his posts, so I get to see very little.

    When J first went to Israel, it was my way of knowing he was alive and well every day, even if he and I did not speak! It was a strange way of getting comfort from so far away!

  3. I first joined Facebook because I wanted to see what my kids were doing on this new thing I had never heard about. That was two years ago. Since then I have found it not only a wonderful way to spy on my kids, but to also keep in touch with them. My youngest left the house this morning before 6 and did not wake me to say goodbye, but around 7 AM we had a nice chat, me on my laptop, my daughter on the bus with her iPhone and Facebook app.

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