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I object, most of all, to cell phone use during dinner. This is an addiction, through and through. The fate of the world will not be revealed to any of my friends, important though they are, between the chicken casserole and the dessert. I understand that keeping up with the news is critical for some pe
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I Can’t Unplug (and we Don’t Want to)

For TueNight.com by Wendy Goldman Scherer (Graphic: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight.com) I may not be all that social these days, but I used to be. When my first son was born in 1995, I logged on to AOL nearly every day to talk to other moms in the "Online Mom" group. (Yes, I still have the t-shirt.) My real-
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Driving home with our year-old grandson from New York's Catskill mountains last weekend, my wife and I recalled previous summer car rides, singing songs with our kids when they were young. We liked to sing Motown, the Beatles, and a country classic our daughter later recalled as "the hobo song" ("King o
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For a while, I've been complaining about people who overuse the Internet. People who walk across intersections while staring at their phones, or who use route guidance to get home from work even though they've practically carved a path in the earth marking the shortest route. At first, only the young we
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7 Reasons Why we Keep My Home WiFi-Free

My day is output-heavy. I spend my time making connections, solving problems, and getting things done. In order to make that possible, I must balance the output with input. And so I protect my free time. The Internet is a great tool, but it is also a risky one. We have all fallen victim to the Internet'
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Health is complex and multifaceted process, but in essence involves balanced living. The smartphone appears to hamper our ability to manage and balance time, energy, and attention and can be quite addictive. Essentially the smartphone is an untethered Internet portal to what I call the "world's largest
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In the eternal words of Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop [and put your phone down] once in a while, you could miss it." If you've been in literally any public space in the past five years, you know we're all guilty of favoring the slick digital world over the physical one. Whil
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This week I felt inundated by requests on my timeline and by social media notifications. I belong to all of the usual spaces: LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, and a number of groups where there are constant postings, frequent job or writing assignment possibilities, and meetings both in per
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A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap -- one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences. In DSM IV, the section covering addictions referred only to the compulsive use of substances. In DSM-5, the con
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I went to the movies the other day and noticed that instead of just the usual courtesy request for people to turn off their cell phones during the movie, additional wording has been added to prohibit texting during a movie. I immediately thought that somewhere in the movie theatre some teen's face was r
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There are a lot of "techno-evangelists" out there spreading the gospel of technology as the cure for all of our ills. For this group, technology can do no wrong. At the same time, there are plenty of Chicken Littles running around saying that our cultural, social, and educational sky is falling. For thi
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Some people just have to feed their Facebook addiction, no matter what the cost. Just ask two teens who were arrested at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning after breaking into the CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga., to check their profiles on the social networking site. Aldayne Fearon, 18, and Francis Mutemwa, 17, allege
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I'm writing this while 30,000 feet in the air on my way to a gorgeous island. And yet all I can think about is one thing: This plane does not offer Wi-Fi. Not for any good reason, either; I'm flying to Hawaii, where plenty of Wi-Fi-equipped planes do fly. They just, the flight attendant told me, haven't
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