SAN FRANCISCO — In case you haven't heard, Father's Day is next weekend, that time of the year when we buy new ties, golf equipment or a tech gift for dear ol' dad. Which got me wondering, has technology changed our relationships with our dads?
I went out this week with the Talking Tech cameras to get the lowdown from folks, talking to sons, daughters, fathers and a grandpop for their take on dads and tech.
SO LONG TO THE ONCE A WEEK LANDLINE CHECK-IN
"It's much easier," says Barrett Clark, a Dallas software engineer. "Instead of having to pick up a phone and make a 30-minute phone call, you can just communicate thoughts as they come and have a synchronous communication that way."
HELLO VIDEO CHAT
Priya Rajagopal lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., but hails from India, "thousands of miles from my dad," she says. She video chats with him every weekend via Skype or Apple's FaceTime, and e-mails him every day. "It's brought down the barriers of the geographical distance."
Simon Joslin, an app developer in Australia, gave his dad an old iPhone to bring him into the 21st century, but "he dropped it and it fell apart." The elder Joslin enjoyed learning about texting, and sharing photos with his son, which was a bonding experience. "He felt much more comfortable using the device rather than his old phone, which is centuries old."
THE GRANDFATHER'S TAKE
"I communicate with my kids much more," says Rick Good, a San Diego-based app developer. "We use FaceTime all the time. I have grandkids now. They call me all the time. They live on the east coast, and I can still see them, and I know how my grandkids are growing up, and I wouldn't have done that five years ago. So that's a major change for real, for me."
Readers: Has technology made you closer with your dads? Tell me how on Twitter, where I'm @JeffersonGraham.