Pushback against home monitoring devices

There was bound to be a downside to the wider acceptance of wireless remote monitoring technologies. Sure, some devices can give aging patients the freedom to live independently, but they also can serve as constant reminders that they're being watched all the time--often by their adult children. "I think the critical question is: Is this something the parent wants?" Nancy K. Schlossberg, a University of Maryland psychologist says in a New York Times story. Schlossberg likens some monitoring devices to the hidden "nanny cams" that some doubtful parents employ to track babysitters. "Big Brother is watching you--there's something about it that's very offensive," she adds. Article