Recently I invited 10 of my blog readers to join me during a panel discussion hosted by Verizon Wireless. While I was part of a panel of 3 mom bloggers, the focus of the discussion wasn't just about us.
Please Note: I was invited to be speaker on the Verizon Wireless Panel. Views expressed are always 100% my own.
We were there to connect and share in a conversation with our readers. The topic? Smart Phones and how they've affected our lifestyles.
During the discussion the panel shared what types of smart phones we have, the apps we used and our thoughts on how technology has either made out lived simpler or more complex. For my part I'm pro technology and think that smart phones have made an positive impact. I'm able to navigate around town, shop for groceries, and plan a play-date via a social network all using my smartphone.
Some of the Android Apps I use and highlighted during the discussion. These app are also available for iPhones
Vida of Mommy Lok, one of my readers and a fellow mom friend, shocked most people in the room when she shared she didn't have a smart phone. After the room recovered from collective shock, a discussion was started about how some forms of technology have taken over people lives and keeps them too connected and assessable constantly.
The panel each shared how we manage technology and take time offline for ourselves and our families.
For my part I schedule a social timeout for evening and weekends. I confess I still keep my phone close to me but I'm not active on any social networks, texting or blogging. I shared how taking a timeout is important for me to recharge and feel less over whelmed which in turn makes me happier and more productive..
After the panel discussion we had a chance to chat with the readers and that was the best part. I was able to meet in real life people like Kitty Bradshaw, who I knew from twitter and her blog.
It was great to talk to Kitty and learn more about her as a person. As I walked around the room meeting and greeting I was grateful for this chance to connected with readers on a deeper and personal level about smartphones and technology.
Thanks Verizon Wireless!