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The Flight From Conversation

The Atlantic | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

Many of my daily conversations don’t involve eye contact. My roommate texts me from a neighboring bedroom. My boss sends me an instant message from ...

The Dark Side Of The Digital Age

The Seattle Times | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

Smartphones are ruining relationships. If you don’t agree, read Sherry Turkle’s “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital” Age ...

Talk To Each Other, Not Your Phone

The New York Times | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

My recent Sunday Review essay, adapted from my book “Reclaiming Conversation,” made a case for face-to-face talk. The piece argued that direct eng...

How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

Laura Ling | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Laura Ling

With greater investment in alternative energy innovation, strong political will within Africa and outside its borders, and an end to endemic corruption, Africa could become a leader in sustainability, lighting the way for all of us.

The D*ck-tionary You Need To Decode The Crappy Texts We All Get

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Text messages are deceptively simple -- so few letters, yet so much time spent on anxiously decoding what they mean. According to a previous Pew stud...

You Hate Your Cell Phone

Max Cantor | Posted 11.04.2016 | Technology
Max Cantor

You hate the way it vibrates. It sits in your pocket, drumming up against you like a friend you don't know how to break up with. Bobbing up and down. An abscess. Churning against you. Everywhere you go.

When Smartphones Hurt

James A. Roberts | Posted 11.02.2016 | Technology
James A. Roberts

Not that cell phones and other technologies are the only culprits in our dismal relationship record, but research suggests that in many instances they are not helping.

When You're On Your Phone in the Elevator I Feel So Close To You

Nina Camp | Posted 11.02.2016 | Comedy
Nina Camp

Hey, I'm so sorry. I totally get that you're in a private conversation, and I know we don't know each other and it's just coincidence we're in this small confined space together. But can I confess this funny feeling I'm having? It's about your friend - did you call him Steve?

Bacon, Cell Phones, Glyphosate: Which Potential Carcinogen Sounds Scarier?

David Ropeik | Posted 10.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

The first wave of reporting about the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listing of processed meats as carcinogens, and red meat as a ...


James A. Roberts | Posted 10.15.2016 | Technology
James A. Roberts

We all know the tell-tale signs.... a hand over the right ear of the driver in front of us, someone driving 50 miles per hour on the Interstate. Or, the slow "lane drift" as the driver in front or beside you slowly creeps into your lane and then corrects his lane tracking before he does it all over again.

The Reach: That Involuntary Tug Our Cell Phone Delivers

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.13.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

You know what I mean -- that involuntary extension of your arm in the direction of your cell phone when you're anxious to see what emails/ text messages/ calls/ tweets/ Facebook posts have come in since you last checked. (Note: This urge can occur in as little as three minutes of non-phone access.)

An Awesome Place to Practice Mindfulness

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 10.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Eden Kozlowski

Any chain, any name... the grocery store is one of the most outstanding places to train your mindfulness brain.

A New Play Looks at How Technology Affects Relationships, and the Findings Are Disturbing

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.08.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

With the ever-increasing lack of accountability that technology elicits, it's time that someone asks us what our dashed-off message or radio silence means. Are we ready to not feel?

Cellularitis: Sleeping With Our Smartphones

James A. Roberts | Posted 10.08.2016 | Technology
James A. Roberts

Are you having a love affair with your cell-phone? Nearly two-thirds of adults sleep with their cell-phone in their bed or within arm's length every night, according to Pew Research. An astounding 90 percent of teens and young adults are sleeping with their cell-phones.

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

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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 09.14.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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 12.19.2016 | 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...