Just as there are choices we can make to improve the nature and outcome of face-to-face communication, there are also things we can do to decrease the likelihood of problems over email, texting, and social networking.
Think of voting as learning how to drive. You wouldn't speed off in your first car without learning how to drive first (I would hope). Why are young voters expected to get in the driver's seat without an instruction manual on how to get started?
While stumping at a VFW hall in the capital of Indiana this afternoon, Republican Vice Presidential candidate and emerging heart-throb Paul Ryan inadvertently left his iPhone on a lectern and departed in a motorcade destined for the Indianapolis airport.
The July 4 closing of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington drew a standing-room-only crowd, a fact that stunned organizers given the holiday.
How do we combat feelings of loneliness? Some turn to technology, which is ever-connecting us. But sometimes that's not enough. And sometimes, technology can make us feel even more lonely. We may be connected online, but offline may be different.
The man in the video got the shock of his life when he looked up from his texting only to come face to face with a black bear that wandered into town. While his reaction is pretty funny, he's lucky he looked up when he did, otherwise he would have walked right into the bear.
Moms all over the world need the right information. Last April, we helped launch MAMA, an initiative to deliver critical health information to women in the developing world through text and voice messages on basic mobile phones.
It's incredibly intimidating to come of age in a digital world where this is a common expectation in modern dating. I imagine the great love stories through time: would Juliet have texted explicit photos to Romeo when they were kept apart? How about Scarlett and Rhett?
People used to get to know one another gradually over months. Now people think that they know one another in hours or days, especially with our high-speed technology that increases the need for instant gratification.
Part of me feels as if texting has improved my ability to stay in touch, while another part says you aren't actually saying anything, while the third part of me wants to text the other two parts of me to meet up for drinks later.
It's the habit and the hubris of parents and educators to ask, "What can we teach teenagers?" rather than the other way around. Yet, when it comes to using technology wisely, we would be wise to take a lesson from them.
Personally, when I sit down at a desk with old gum stuck under cheap wood, I am happy to turn off my cell phone. As a young woman with responsibilities, it's nice to slip away into academia and avoid the world.