Technology, culture, and psychology come together and create new social customs. In the 1960’s, color televisions and TV dinners brought families together to eat dinner in front of the TV. Video games in the 1980’s created a new form of social connection for kids. Personal computers transformed the social landscape of communication—email and on line chats. The Internet launched all of us into an information age that we could barely imagine. Facebook changed the meaning of staying in touch. Now smartphones have taken us into an entirely new social universe—texting and instant... Read More
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It’s hard not to go to a restaurant today and see adults and kids sitting around a table, each with a smart phone at the ready. They steal glances at email posts, and respond instantly to the scores of texts that their friends send daily. Some teens are so expert that they can talk, walk, text, and eat at the same time!
When my kids were little, we didn’t have smart phones or tablets. I was a big newspaper reader however. I would sit in my easy chair after dinner reading one of my papers. My youngest daughter would march over to me and knock the newspaper out of my hands and yell—“I... Read More