December 18, 2017

Technology can never replace love

Or time spent with one another…  

Meet the college class of 2017

The class of 18-year-olds headed off to college for the first time this fall were mostly born in 1995—the year Yahoo was founded—and have never known life without the internet. Read more about the college class of 2017..

Why I won’t let my sixth grader have a cell phone

Why I won't let my sixth grader have a cell phone

By Julie Samrick My oldest child begins middle school this week and his pleas for more technology have reached crescendo levels.  He’d like instagram on his iPod; he needs to check You Tube on my laptop “real quick.” Many of his peers have received cell phones for sixth grade, and he’d like to know when… Read more

You’re so vain: U-M study links social media and narcissism

social media narcissism

Press Release- Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture’s growing levels of narcissism. The study, published online in Computers in Human Behavior, was conducted by U-M researchers Elliot Panek, Yioryos Nardis and Sara Konrath.   “Among young… Read more

The French May Not Have ADHD But It’s Only Getting Worse Here

media multitasking

By Julie Samrick “Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your 8th grader declares.  He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention, bouncing between texts, music, and stopping to look things up on the web “real… Read more

“Look Both Ways” Advice to Kids Needs to Change

cellphone kids crossing street

A new study shows teens are twice as likely as adults to be hit by a car while crossing the street because they were distracted by an electronic device like a cell phone or iPod. Read more

How Parents Use Tech to Monitor Teen Drivers

driver teen

When Rich Pilat’s daughter, Jennifer, was 16 and just starting to drive on her own, he wanted to install a device in her car that would monitor her driving activity and allow him to track where she went — along with whether she had done any sudden braking or had been speeding. Read more

Why Technology Can Never Substitute for Relationships

facebook lonely

“We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.” Read more

Kids Have Been Sleep Deprived for 100 Years


According to a new study released this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids have been getting less than the recommended amount of sleep since studies have documented children’s’ sleep habits since 1897.  The culprit was advances in technology then (the radio and school books in the early 20th century) just as it is now… Read more

Addicted to My Smart Phone

Shopping woman texting

One day last summer I was enjoying myself at the State Fair with my kids until I lost my brand new iPhone. I’d put it in my back pocket so that I’d hear my parents call when they arrived. Next thing I knew it was gone. That hot, itchy, hive-like pang of panic reminded me… Read more