Teens and Cell Phones

Teens and Cell Phones

Dear Ms Smartphone: Is this normal? My daughter is 15 and a junior in high school. She is always taking pictures of herself…more than 20 a day…. Then she shares some of them with her friends. When I ask her about it she says all teenage girls do this now. Dana, Petaluma

Dear Dana: As a mom to boys, I am less sure about the habits of teenage girls. But surely all teenagers push our buttons and push new technology in different ways. My first concern is that your daughter has clothes on in these pictures. Continue reading “Teens and Cell Phones”

Who Drives the GPS?

DearSmartphone and GPS
Getting Directions is Stressful!
source: express.uk.co.

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: WHEN I DRIVE WITH MY BOYFRIEND HE LIKES TO USE HIS SMARTPHONE TO GIVE ME DIRECTIONS. BUT HE  TURN DOWN THE VOLUME, AND THEN FORGETS TO REPEAT SOME OF THE INFORMATION. THEN HE GETS MAD AT ME FOR MISSING TURNS! Annie, Antioch

Dear Annie: It sounds like a control issue but no need for you to get mad. It is about safety so choose to take control. You could politely say that you want to try out a different app on your own phone, say you are experimenting with Waze instead of Google Maps or vice versa. Continue reading “Who Drives the GPS?”

Dear Smartphone: A Public Shaming

Dear Ms Smartphone
A Public Shaming

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE:  YOU WRITE ABOUT DIGITAL ETIQUETTE. NOT THAT I WANT TO BE A PAPARAZZI, BUT AREN’T YOU ON PHONE HERE? THIS LOOKS LIKE A RESTAURANT AND A PUBLIC PLACE YOU ARE CALLING FROM.  Tibo, NoeValley

Dear Tibo: So embarassed. Me bad. That is indeed a compromised photo. As I recall, I was engaged with some back and forth with my spouse, who was out-of-state. But, that doesn’t matter. Some restaurants and clubs insist that diners put their phones in a Yondr bag, so they are not distracted during meals. But, we do not need bags. What we do need need is to exercise better etiquette and social awareness. And, we need to savor the present moment with the people we are with. There is practically nothing that can’t wait. With painful thanks for your critical eye and posting.