Dear Smartphone: Christmas Cards Obsolete?

Christmas Card Humor
source: wititudes

DEAR MS SMARTPHONE: I USED TO WATCH MY MOM SEND OUT CHRISTMAS CARDS EVERY YEAR AND IT WAS VERY TIME CONSUMING. NOW THAT I LIVE ON MY OWN DO YOU THINK I SHOULD CONTINUE THIS TRADITION? EVERYONE IS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND I CONNECT WITH MY FRIENDS THERE. Tracy,Tiburon

Dear Tracy: You mentioned that sending out Christmas Cards was time consuming, but was receiving them fun and did you look forward to getting the holiday mail? I know of families that string Christmas cards along the fireplace mantle and use them as part of the holiday decorations. After Christmas, the local children’s hospital asks people to donate these cards for young patients. You said your friends are on social media, but how about the relatives? People of all ages are reevaluating their Facebook connections this year. Here is an article that provides even more reasons to continue the tradition.

Dear Smartphone: Rideshare Safety

using phones for rideshare
Rideshare Pickup at SFO Airport- Phone TIme! source: Rideshare Connection

DEAR MS.SMARTPHONE: I COMMUTE INTO SF  AND I ALSO TAKE A LOT OF RIDESHARE TRIPS. THIS TIME OF YEAR THERE’S A LOT OF FOCUS ON DRIVING SOBER AND SAFELY. I’VE NOTICED THAT UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THEIR PHONE AND I SEE THEM CLICKING TO FIND NEW ROUTES, ADD AND DROP PASSENGERS, OR DO OTHER THINGS. IS IT MORE DANGEROUS TO TAKE A RIDESHARE BECAUSE THESE DRIVERS USE THEIR PHONES MORE? J.F. Fremont

Dear J.F: Phones, holidays, and cars all seem to roll together. That said, your question is a good one and I really don’t have an answer. I recently met with a researcher at the MIT Age Lab, and keeping eyes straight-ahead and glued to the road seems to be the benefit of having a hands-free, voice-activated car phone. But, that is compared with say holding a phone in your hand and also needing to take eyes off the road. I’ll re-post your question after I search around for more data on rideshare safety. Thanks for asking!

Dear Smartphone: Family Plan Matter

DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE:  YOU HAD A POST ABOUT ALL THE NEW PHONES ON THE MARKET THIS FALL AND WHETHER WE  NEED ONE. MY PROBLEM IS A BIT DIFFERENT:  I HAVE PICKED OUT A PARTICULAR PHONE TO GET, BUT MY WIFE AND EXTENDED FAMILY USE A PHONE WITH A DIFFERENT OPERATING SYSTEM. THEY ARE TRYING TO TALK ME OUT OF MY PREFERRED PHONE.   Lemar, Cotati

Dear Lemar: I can relate to this, because the same thing happened to me several years ago. If you are experienced with your phone’s operating system (OS), then you should be able to bridge potential problems like transferring pictures, sharing music, and getting real-time notifications. Continue reading “Dear Smartphone: Family Plan Matter”