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18 traits of the new digital American family


My wife and I have taken to watching Mad Men recently. We’re only on season 2 and still catching up, but watching ad men and families in the 50s and 60s has really been pretty interesting. The clothes. The culture. The booze. Oh, the booze.

But, it also got me thinking about something else: We know what the family of the 1950s looks like.

Now, what does the (digital) American family of 2013 look like?

My mind started racing. Here’s what I came up with. 18 traits of the new digital American family. What would you add?

* You watch Apple TV on the couch with your wife as you both have your laptops open as you peruse Fab.com and BuzzFeed

* You take incessant Instagram pics of your daughter eating ice cream, playing with dolls and taking a bath (guilty, as charged)


* You spend more time watching shows on Netflix on your iPad mini than you do watching “primetime TV” on your TV

* You use your phone to pay for your Starbucks. Paper money is soooooo 2012.

* You have an unlimited family texting plan.

* Your 10-year-old daughter knows what Snapchat is–and uses it, much to your chagrin.


* You and your wife dumped iTunes two years ago for Pandora. And then you dumped Pandora for Spotify.

* You subscribe to get the Sunday paper only so you can get digital access to the rest of the publisher’s content.

* You’ve been caught taking photos on your phone of other people taking photos of you on their phone (like this one of me taking a pic of Julio Ojeda-Zapata taking a pic of me at the MN Blogger Conference last year)


* The last time you used an actual map in your car was when you were driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.

* You can’t remember the last time you read an actual book. It may have been more than five years ago.

* You keep in touch with your parents, who live in Arizona, via Skype and Facetime. Phones just don’t cut it.

* You desperately want a Projecteo (a tiny projector for your Instagram photos–WANT!)


* You were one of those people that submitted an idea for Google Glass–and actually got on the beta list (please email me if this is you–I have a killer idea for a post coming up)

* You have more than FOUR cases for your iPhone (again, guilty as charged)

* When news of the bombings in Boston broke last week, you immediately turned to Twitter instead of mainstream media outlets for news and information.

* You use hash tags in text messages and in emails regularly.

* You and your wife have matching Pebbles (like Greg Swan and his wife most likely have–see below)




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