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How Technology Had an Impact on My Own Digital Native
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Well this is my first blog post after I became a new daddy on Canada Day, July 1. What an amazing experience. My wife and I welcomed a baby boy named Elias to the world on Canada Day. He arrived nine days early in what I suggest is a beautiful miracle as I was hoping for a Canada Day baby.

The entire day was fantastic, and technology played a key role in being able to communicate the events of the day. Earlier this Spring, I purchased an iPhone with the thought that it would allow me to stay better connected more easily... and while I was not one of those geeky Apple fans I must say that I love my iPhone. As we brought in a new digital native into the world, not only was I able to phone family members and friends about the birth of little Eli, but I was also able to take pictures and immediately post them to Facebook. This was important as my father and brother were making the trip to a family wedding on the prairies and were able to see Elias for the first time via Facebook. (Again he was nine days early). I was also able to post pictures allowing other family members and friends to see our new bundle of joy. This is something that could not be as little as ten years ago.

With technologies such as the iPhone, Facebook and Twitter I was able to communicate the birth of my son to family members and friends quickly and efficiently. I wonder about the technologies that will be developed in years from now, when my son turns ten or when he is twenty. As a little digital native, how long until he experiences the online world to find information, to learn and to experience.

In 2009, just the fact that I was able to use a phone to access and upload information online and be able to communicate the greatest day of my life through Twitter and Facebook is pretty remarkable. So while I may have missed the fireworks on this Canada Day in 2009, my son will have fireworks every year as he celebrates his birthday with the birth of the greatest nation in the world. When Canada turns 143 years old, my son will turn one. You can bet that the technologies and innovations as they allow us now, will in the future allow people like my son to find information faster and more efficiently via the Internet. Man, technology sure is cool is it not?

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