"U" is for Utopia. With No Cell Phones?

I don't buy it, I tell you. I just don't buy it. A story in The Sunday New York Times Opinion pages, written by a psychologist and professor at M.I.T., Sherry Turkle, opines that "we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection". We are tempted to think that our little "sips" of online conversation add up to a big gulp of real conversation......more

My BFF Won't Stop Texting My Daughter

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter is 13 and recently got a cell phone. I was worried about all the time and money she would waste texting friends, but it turns out that the biggest problem I've had is her texting MY best friend, Kelly. My daughter and Kelly's daughter have been friends since preschool and our families are very close, but I find myself bristling when Kelly tells me that she talked about personal issues and school problems with my daughter via text....more
Dear just a square, I know how you feel, my son once confided in a home staff and it broke my ...more

Out of Touch

(Originally posted on My Really, Real Reality) Frustrated.   That's the only word to describe how I felt most of the afternoon.  The messaging feature was not working on my phone.  Every time I tried to send or check texts or emails, it would just say "Initializing" for about 2 minutes and then go back to the main screen.  (Over, and over, and over.  Until I was ready to scream.)A quick Google told me first of al...more

Digital Detox: Leaving Social Media at Home to Take an Electronics-Free Vacation

It's bitterly cold this morning in Washington, DC, which means that I have already thought about vacations in warm climates at least twice before breakfast. What would be perfect right now would be a beach -- someplace warm -- with nothing more to do than read books, sleep on the sand, and maybe go swimming every once in a while to cool off. Though this post is about whether a laptop or smartphone features into this dream vacation. ...more
I don't consider myself constantly accessible. Most of my calls go unanswered. I'll answer a ...more

The Lost Art Of Communication...

Communication is key to any relationship.  Couples must keep an open line of communication in order for their relationship to thrive.  Parents and children must have good communication skills in order to understand one another.  Communication is even vital for sibling and friend relationships.  I have personally never had much of a problem communicating with my family members or anyone else for that matter.  However, as I observe the upcoming generation around me, I find that communication skills are somewhat lacking...OK, pretty much nonexistent. ...more

My Marriage for a Cell Phone!

My 8-year-old son recently asked me if I would divorce his father so he can have a cell phone. (All of his friends at school with divorced parents have cell phones.) I told him, "Of course not!" and had a long talk with him about it, but he's still upset that he's not getting one and asks me every day. WTF? Any ideas?...more
@ambereft Uh oh. Let me see what's going on...-Momomore

Cell Phones and Social Media in Irene.



There was a video gone viral the other day about a father who smashed his child’s cell phone to bits and pieces when he found she was sexting. Reactions ranged from nominations for “Father of the Year” to condemnations for exhibiting such violence.My first thought was that the message of “no” could have been conveyed in a calmer manner- then I remembered the times I lost my cool when my children did something dangerous.  Finally, I wondered if there was ever a parent-child discussion about the proper use of cell phones and the dangers inherent in them....more

8 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer From Cell Phones

When I heard from the Associated Press that the World Health Organization just releasedthis statement announcing that cell phones may indeed be carcinogenic, I felt my breath catch in my throat as I put my cell phone down. ...more

cell phones and other gadgets are already part of our lives that sometimes, despite the risk, we ...more

The New Normal

Every day that I watch Charlie, I keep my cell phone as well as my daughter’s land line nearby. The cell phone is important because I am the “answering service” for my son’s satellite dental office. The land line is for family.  When I answer the phone – it doesn’t matter which one it is – it’s usually an interruption of our activity and Charlie gets upset.   It is obvious, even to a 15 month old, that when I am on the phone I cannot pay attention to him....more