Dear Smartphone: Sneaky Backpack

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: MY BOYFRIEND AND I ARE BOTH IN TENTH GRADE. HE HAS A SECRET PHONE SEWN INTO HIS BACKPACK AND DURING CLASS HE WILL OPEN UP A FLAP AND BROWSE IT.  IF THE TEACHER COMES BY HE CLOSES THE FLAP UP. SHOULD I REPORT HIM TO THE TEACHER? From Gabby, Stockton.

Dear Gabby: It is going to be difficult to confront your boyfriend, but if you care about your relationship you need to do this. You don’t want to have a friend you cannot trust. Tell him that you do not respect the fact that he is hiding the phone from the teachers. He may be hiding other things too.

Dear Smartphone: Honeymoon Blues

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: MY WIFE AND I ARE GOING TO TAKE AN OVERDUE HONEYMOON. WE GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR AND FINALLY HAVE THE TIME  TO DO THIS. MY WIFE DOES NOT WANT US TO BRING ALONG OUR SMARTPHONES. BUT I FEEL THAT WE WILL BE TOTALLY DISCONNECTED AND MISS OUT IF WE DO NOT. Old Groom in San Mateo.

Dear Old Groom: You and your wife need to be on the same page when it comes to the type of honeymoon/vacation you want. Are you going to drive a lot, in which case you may need the maps on your phone, or are you going to sit on the beach and relax? Seek a compromise: can you agree to check the phone for one hour a day, say after breakfast? P.S. Remember to turn off the notifications and ringer at night if you travel to a different time zone!

Dirty Stuff!

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: IS IT BAD TO HAVE A DIRTY SCREEN ON YOUR PHONE? Xavier, San Francisco

Dear Xavier: This is really a matter of preference but I weigh in on keeping it tidy. It’s like taking your car to the car wash- it looks and feels better. I keep a small polishing cloth by the phone charger so it’s handy. But, since you asked, what about people that have a screen that is cracked or broken? Now,  that’s an eye-sore!  According to a  quote in a story from a fellow blogger  a third of smartphone users crack their phone screen in the first 24 months.