As you know, last weekend Belle and I went away for the weekend, just the two of us. I think one of the reasons that Belle enjoyed it so much was that there was no wifi in the caravan, and we only had a GPRS signal across the whole park. This meant that she had my undivided attention, something which probably doesn’t happen as often as it should, or certainly as often as she would like.
On the Saturday we went for an outing to Woolacombe, and as we drove back through Barnstaple, my phone started pinging as the 4G kicked in. In the car park at Marks and Spencer, I took the opportunity to catch up on a bit of tweeting and photo sharing.
“I am going to take ten minutes,” I told Belle, sat in the car, having just spent about a million pounds on tasty M&S treats for us, “to pop up a few pictures from the holiday.”
The change in her was instant. She immediately looked away, out of the window, her jaw set in deliberate annoyance. I was pretty annoyed myself.
“Please don’t get cross about it,” I told her. “The whole reason we are able to come away together this weekend is because I am blogging and tweeting about it. I just need ten minutes to share a few photos, that’s not much to ask is it, in return for a lovely holiday?”
She didn’t look convinced.
I don’t actually think ten minutes is unreasonable, but I can also see that for Belle it’s probably not about that particular ten minutes. A lot of the fun things we get to do as a family are because of this blog, and although we all appreciate the opportunities, I imagine that for other members of the party the constant presence of my smart phone must get a little tiring. Belle wanted me totally to herself that weekend, and my phone was there, playing gooseberry yet again.
What I must get better at, and I’m sure it’s something we’re all guilty of, if switching of my phone when I don’t really need it. When you’re away on a family holiday, do you ever look around the room and see each individual family member lost in their own world? Do you rely on Google and sat nav to direct your holiday fun? Do you miss out on the opportunity to connect with each other and discover new and surprising things because your head in buried in a tablet?
If you’re not sure, there is a quiz, put together by CenterParcs. (It’s internet based though obviously, so don’t do it while you’re on holiday.)
I did it once and got an OK result, and then I did it again, this time telling the truth about question five:
Once I confessed to a tendency to take pictures of my dinner for Instagram, my result was slightly more worrying. Apparently my family holidays are officially ‘trapped in technology’, Opps.
According to CenterParcs though, I’m definitely not alone, as you can see from their funky infographic. Why not take the quiz and let me know of your family holidays are as trapped in technology as mine?