And I find it amusing (and somewhat disconcerting) that people make excuses to escape whoever they are supposed to be spending time with so that they can check in with other people who may not even be real-life friends.
I've always been an early adopter of technology and hadn't realised the insidious changes that the best, fun technology had wrought. I now know that I am so assaulted with attention-grabbing gadgets and the ever-increasing demands of instant communications that I need to make time to disengage.
A cell phone that allows kids to call each other and call their adult caretakers is far safer than a smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device that gives kids unfettered access to texting and apps.
By taking just a few moments to refrain from cramming one more thing on your device before a meeting, you could have a much more productive meeting that adds so much more value than the things you would have done on your device.
Immanuel Kant described enlightenment as one's emergence from self-imposed immaturity. But how can a digital addict ever achieve enlightenment with so many distractions, let alone escape immaturity?
In my next life, I want to come back as a smart phone. They have become the envy of every parent who longs to be fondled by their spouse like a touch screen, focused on like Facebook, or admired like Google.
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Be smart about your smartphone use. See the phone for what it is: a tool for communication and for information. It doesn't define you, make you more appealing to others, nor should it rule your life.
Imagine giving commands to a virtual assistant and having an even smarter smart phone working for me! Even at my age, I am embracing new technology if it makes my life easier. Everyone needs a virtual assistant, right?
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While driving down the 405 the other day, I read a dumb article on my smart phone. An LA Weekly blogger boasted that even though it's illegal, he text...
Thou shall not bear false witness about the amount of screen time in thy family life. Thou shall not relax technology use guidelines when thou art weary.
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We ought to worry what the constant cognitive Mardi Gras of our über-connected/multitasking existence is doing to our social and intellectual health, to our decision making, and even literally to our safety.
Most children feel shortchanged when it comes to a parent's attention; they never feel they get enough. When they have to compete with your job (or your smartphone), they are likely to feel resentful and hurt.
If we don't want technology to continue to burrow its way into our lives and threaten to erode our personal space, we should find a way out. We should have a digital detox before it is too late.