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What's Happened to Face-to-Face Conversation With Teens? Cell Phone 'Addictions'

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

The next time you talk to your teen, notice how often he or you share your attention with your smart phone. How long can you talk without an intervening text? What is the impact of these diversions on your parent-teen relationship?

Are Millennials As Stupid As We Think They Are?

Megan Lasher | Posted 10.06.2015 | College
Megan Lasher

The weight of everything that's wrong in the world shouldn't fall on the generation that didn't screw things up in the first place. Millennials aren't dumb, and we'd love to show you how to build social media platforms and crowd-fund world-changing start-ups once we finish taking this selfie.

Texting Isn't the Problem: A Conversation With Sherry Turkle About Reclaiming Conversation

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Technology
Davis Schneiderman

I recall my first year as a professor at Lake Forest College (2001), where a single student spoke on her bulky cell phone as she walked across the quad. I would hold my hand to my ear as I passed her as if I were talking, a joke we shared.

15 Things We Did Differently Before Smartphones

Samantha Matt | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Samantha Matt

I used to think it would be landline phones and VHS tapes that would be the retro part of my childhood. But it is going to be so much more than that.

How Cell Phones Hurt Your Relationship

Eric Fluckey | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric Fluckey

When it comes to social interaction, though, we need to be more mindful. Technology can be great for keeping in touch over long distances or reminding us of important dates. But the study serves as a reminder that technology is supposed to enhance our social connections. Not to replace it.

What 'Phone Snubbing' Does To Relationships

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Here's yet another reason compulsive phone-checkers may want to stash their device more often: Cell phones can damage romantic relationships and lead...

Women Veterans: Ever Been Homeless?

Lily Casura | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lily Casura

While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in reducing the number of homeless male veterans in cities across America, the numbers of homeless female veterans are actually on the rise.

10 New Uses For Old Phone Booths

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 09.14.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

Yep, that was the winning entry in their contest with a theme of how to repurpose old phone booths. But wait, here are ten of my own unique ideas!

New World of Cell Phone Contracts

MoneyTips | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business

The demise of the service contract is a good thing, because it makes the costs more transparent. Now, it is all about the phone. If you think that you may be switching carriers within a short period or plan to shop around, choose your phone and your payment method wisely.

I Know My Husband Loves Me Because He Gave Me His Password for His Cell

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Style
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Some people are very private with their cell phone passwords. Other people wish they didn't even have to have one. I'm not sure why different people f...

New Federal Rules Will Make It Harder For Law Enforcement To Track Your Cell Phone

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors and some federal law enforcement agencies will need to obtain a search warrant to use devices that track cellp...

Airline Passengers: Mind Your Own Business!

Bobby Laurie | Posted 09.14.2015 | Travel
Bobby Laurie

Over the last couple of months there seems to be a trend of passengers acting as citizen journalists or their own little group of vigilantes that no one asked for.

Why Won't Verizon Release Me From My Contract?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Christopher Elliott

I'm writing on behalf of my mother. Her Verizon phone does not work properly. There's a defect in the storage capability. I've called Verizon for help more than six times and finally got a refurbished phone to replace my mother's phone.

Feeling Phone-Verwhelmed? 5 Tips to Create a Healthier, Happier Relationship With Your Smartphone

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

You don't necessarily need to flush your brand new iPhone down the toilet or vow to never, ever tweet again. Things don't have to be that black or white. But you can take specific steps to create a healthier, more balanced relationship with your phone -- and all forms of technology, for that matter.

Don't Leave Your Flight Without These In-Flight Essentials

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

When airline experts, who make a living being in flight for half of their year were asked, what the essentials that they can't live without, this ...

Tech In Search of More Style

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Scott De Buitléir

The desire to personalize your cell phone has been part of our lives for many years now; from being able to select ring tones that were like Pac-Man sound effects, to turning your smartphone into minions.

Should AT&T Refund Mom's Phone?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Christopher Elliott

This is one of those situations where the company is both right and wrong. It correctly charged your parents for their service, but it also failed to adequately disclose all the terms of the contract to two octogenarians.

When Smartphones Become Stylephones

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.18.2015 | Style
Scott De Buitléir

The cell phone (or mobile phone, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live) has become a the ultimate fashion accessory in many ways, despite its clunky history.

Actor Ben Kingsley Does A Spot-On Patrick Stewart Impression And Smashes An Audience Member's Phone

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 08.13.2015 | Comedy

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Let Theatre Take You to a New World -- Without Ringing, Glowing Phones

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
The University of Central Florida Forum

There's been a lot of talk about patron use of technology in theaters, the most recent story of course being Patti LuPone's snatching a phone out of a texting audience member's hands in the middle of a scene during Shows for Days at the Lincoln Center Theater.

Keep Your Innermost Secrets on Post-it Notes

Greg Schwem | Posted 08.05.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

We never bother to Google "Can you really delete a text message forever?" If we did, we'd discover a treasure trove of procedures for retrieving stuff we wish could vanish; some of those methods even include helpful YouTube videos to aid the technologically challenged.

When Connecting Means Everything

Davina Klatsky | Posted 08.05.2015 | New York
Davina Klatsky

Birthdays are a happy time and should be celebrated and never taken for granted no matter what age we are turning. Thinking about past mistakes made over the year or years, is both futile and has no place on one's birthday or any other day

8 Weird Things That Happen When You Send a Text

Prevention | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living

The little chime or buzz of an incoming text is almost impossible to ignore. Is it your friend with the killer one-liners? A kiss emoji from your partner? A colleague commending you on your performance? The possibilities are endlessly enticing. But texting also has a dark side.

See What Life Is Like In A Town With No Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology

We often talk about ways to escape the bombardment of push notifications, text messages and other digital distractions in our lives. But ver...

Berkeley's Silly, and Harmful, Pandering to Fear of Cell Phone Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

A recent decision by the Berkeley California city council offers some informative, and scary, lessons about how society struggles to intelligently reg...