With the advent of technology our world has changed, some would say for the better, but has it? Technology has afforded us conveniences which we have incorporated into our daily life. We have become addicts, addicted to our technology and convenience. We depend so much on technology that we have lessen the demand on ourselves. I remember a point in time when I memorized all my seven siblings phone numbers, addresses, and birthdates. Now, I enter everything in my phone without thinking, “what would I do if I lost my phone?” Technology has alerted the way we communicate, share ideas, express emotions, and form and end relationships. Personal face to face interaction now seems antiquated and out of date. Friends are gained exponentially, by a click on a social media page, or a chat in an online meeting room. All of us have been influenced by technology, according to the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans own a cell phone. This technological wonder isn’t just a communication device, but an essential part of our day to day lives, only surpassed by air, water, and food, WE DARE NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!
So, the question we ponder, “how do we as collaborative professionals adapt, and become relevant in this changing culture? How do we inform, educate, and influence those contemplating divorce to consider an alternative process? How do we share the benefit of the collaborative divorce process in a non-intrusive way?” We have two choices, adapt and embrace the technology, or ignore it and continue business as usual. History can be a cruel teacher which will show the results of our decisions.
Technology has given us a nonintrusive platform where we can build our brand, inform, educate, and assist potential clients who are considering ending their marital relationships. We now have the ability and products to reach potential clients in the confines of their homes with 24/7 access. So, I will end with this, “our culture and how people communicate have changed”, but HAVE WE?