Kill Your Cell Phone

I once saw a sticker at my grad school that read "Kill Your TV!" I loved this idea and the message it was presenting.  Although I did not kill my TV, it did make me think about how much of my time is spent in front of a screen and considerable cut back. I now have a new sticker I would like to produce "Kill Your Cell Phone!"...more

Not So Fast Forward

By all means, let me cut to the chase. This is my new phone case: ...more

Not So Fast Forward

By all means, let me cut to the chase. This is my new phone case:  ...more

Get Off Your iPhone at the Amusement Park, Parents!

Em had the most fun in the amusement park’s little water park areas, where water spurted up from the ground at random intervals, and sprayed out of other apparatus in sudden bursts. She ran around, getting soaking wet, clapping her hands and dancing. I love seeing my daughter totally overwhelmed with happiness. There is just nothing like it. It was a great time, really. But I have to get something off my chest. Something that really bugged me. On multiple occasions, throughout the park, I saw parents of children choosing to immerse themselves in their iPhones or Blackberries, rather than concentrating on having fun with their kids....more
I sometimes have a bad habit of this (my husband has it worse) and I'm really trying to break it ...more

"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