Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty)

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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The obvious answer is: Both.  Technology is amazing and has enhanced our lives in many ways.  On the other hand, technology is reducing the amount of physical activity time and taking away from the development of interpersonal skills.  In general, I believe it is hurting relationships... for young people and adults.  

Dec 22, 2015 06:27 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     When the Power Grid fails and communications go down (say, in a war or economic collapse), the current generation will be wandering around like Zombies.

Dec 22, 2015 12:19 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think techology is very much a mixed blessing.

Dec 22, 2015 12:02 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Both..for one thing, tech is the future and becoming savvy with it is mandatory. On the other hand, it is no substitute for life or real experience

Dec 22, 2015 07:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Both, but the negative affects can certainly be managed better.

When I was a kid, my parents would only let me watch one hour of TV per day unless it was a special movie or something they approved of.  We didn't like those rules because we missed a lot of the shows our friends were watching and we were a little out of the loop. But instead of staring at the TV, we went outside all day long. We bicycled ten miles to a park, played all day, biked home. We went to play with friends. We cut branches to use as fishing poles, put some string, a safety pin, and a worm on there and caught sunnies in the nearby pond. We built things and pretended and created.

There's no reason children can't be taught to spend time away from electronics. I didn't do a good job of that with my children, and most of the people my age didn't either, but things could be turned around if enough people recognized the need.

Dec 22, 2015 07:47 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Carol Williams said

Dec 22, 2015 07:42 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tamra. No matter what we think, it is here to stay. Unfortunate it does plenty of harm.

Dec 22, 2015 05:52 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Tamera. I think it is a double edged sword. I can see where it helps as well as hinder.  It is a great teaching tool but it does not help children develop relationships.

Dec 22, 2015 05:31 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I have two kids and their childhood is definitely different from mine. Yet, they can not imagine the world without technologies and it is ok. Their kids will be probably playing different games as well. 

Dec 22, 2015 03:52 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tamra Lee Ulmer every innovation comes with good and not-so-good. It's up to us to embrace the 'good' part.

Dec 22, 2015 02:58 PM
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA

Wait until they get older and then have their own kids. It will be interesting to see what that generation is into. 

Dec 22, 2015 02:04 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think they are developing their minds and will be suited for highly technical jobs. My generation had all kinds of physical activities and outside play and now my generation is in poor physical shape and overweight. So time will tell.

Dec 22, 2015 01:06 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on how it is presented to them.  A

Dec 22, 2015 10:34 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Hurting.  If you tell the kids to go ourside and play they go outside and want to take electronics with them.  They have no idea of what to do once out there.  (THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS OF COURSE)

Dec 22, 2015 10:24 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Excessive "screen time" - including old-fashioned television - has been shown to have some very negative effects on brain development and learning skills. Some studies show as little as a half hour of flashing screen images can be harmful for infants and very young children. BUT other studies show benefits from some of the better options for screen time, like improved response times and rapid problem solving developed by playing some computer games. So there's good and bad in it, as with most things in life.

Dec 22, 2015 10:02 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Hurting. Too many umms, ahhs, etc in a sentence 'ya know'? Actually I used to think that when I hear the President talk with all his 'umms'.

Dec 22, 2015 08:35 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

My 8 year old grandson isn’t outside as much as I was but he creates content and distributes it to the world via Instagram, etc. Some small loss but I think the gains outweigh it.

Dec 22, 2015 06:58 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is probably helping their intellect but hurting in other ways because they do not send as much quality time with each other. They are always on computers and cell phones.

Dec 22, 2015 06:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Technology may be making parenting more challenging.

Dec 22, 2015 06:17 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I think it's a little of both.

Sep 06, 2016 04:05 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Hurting.  Killing their interpersonal skills.  They don't talk.  I've seen them text someone they were sitting next to rather than talk.


They have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, but they google something, they don't necessarily learn it.


If I ever get married and have kids, I plan on not letting them have tech at a young age (seriously, why does a first grader NEED a cell phone) and not allow them TV after school starts (if at all), except for special events.

Dec 23, 2015 12:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Both! They benefit from technology and are being somewhat hindered by it

Dec 22, 2015 11:22 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Technology puts the world at the children's fingertips, which is great for knowledge and learning, but I would like to see more old-fashioned playing outside, as you say, or just with each other and without joy sticks in their hands. Also, I think more reading would be good and learning to THINK, rather than just watching images flash in front of their eyes.

Dec 22, 2015 09:52 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

WIthout a doubt hurting them. In interviewing high school students, most could not communicate, they were insecure in speaking to others and in basic communication such as looking at the person you are talking to. Then there is phone skills which are non existant in this text happy generation. 

Dec 22, 2015 09:45 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Technology is a double-edged sword and can be amazing and offer the world solutions we have never seen. At the same time I believe my children have suffered from it with their relationships with their peers. They spend more time interacting in cyberspace and less time physically interacting with each other. Nothing is more telling than going to a restaurant and seeing couples or families on their phones throughout the whole dining experience and never speaking to each other. Our new reality...

Dec 22, 2015 09:43 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Since I don't have children, I do see many young children enraptured with technology and the world is pasing them by. Too bad. If I had children, I would not allow them cell telephones and limit their computer and T.V. time, replacing it with outdoors time as I enjoyed when young.

Dec 22, 2015 09:43 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

From an educational stand point it is very good.

Too many Parents are afraid to structure their kids lives as that is what their friends are also doing.

Like us there should be a plan of action to round out their lives: reading books, outside activities etc.

Dec 22, 2015 09:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor


Dec 22, 2015 09:27 PM
Toronto, ON

I can think of many other reasons why bicycle usage and sound pollution is down.

Dec 22, 2015 01:08 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Am seeing my two grandsons on their devices. They are amazingly quick, smart, etc. They grasp things so fast. I believe that's the world they are in. Yes, I feel bad that they aren't out there playing like we used to do, but it's not safe for them unless supervised. Now playtime is organized such as soccer and football, tennis, hockey, ice skating, swimming, etc. My grandsons do it all. But never on the street.

Dec 22, 2015 11:09 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

I could count on one hand the number of obese children we had in our entire K-6 grade school (approx 300 kids) when I was growing up. Nowdays out of a  classroom of 30 kids, half of them are obese. What do you think is the cause?

Dec 22, 2015 10:48 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think we are seeing society evolve and some of us may agree with it and some may not. 

I prefer to see kids playing outdoors, but it doesn't happen much anymore. I was slow to respond to technology with my daughter, but it reached a point where we had to so she could keep up with the rest of the kids and her class. 

Dec 22, 2015 10:44 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

So much wonder in our universe.
But we (baby boomers/gen x'rs) are the last to know 'normal' and that was a universe of EXTREME wonder that we were active participants in, not just recipients of a #@$^&&*&) FEED!

Dec 22, 2015 07:11 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I know technology has helped me a lot so why not younger people?

Dec 22, 2015 06:18 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some of each, they have a new world to live in that we never imagined, they will do fine.

Mar 02, 2019 11:25 PM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

For those that use technology the smart way I think it is a huge benefit. I mean we have 6 year olds making 6 figures a month by posting unboxing videos on YouTube. Things like that were not possible when I was young. I love an app called Coursera and if I had that, I would have had a college level business education by the time I graduated high school for free.

I see a lot of kids just doing mindless things though, non stop and if they are using technology in that way it is hurting them, a lot. 

Dec 23, 2015 10:51 AM