Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Generation of Blackberry Orphans

Mobile technology, especially smartphones like Blackberries, iPhone and the like, has put not only e-mail, but the entire Internet in our hands. Social media apps like Twitter in part were built specifically to function as a mobile means of communication, but even formerly desktop bound sites like Facebook have created mobile versions of their sites and a host of third party apps exist to let us update our accounts on the go.

What is the upshot of all this mobile convenience? Blackberry orphans, and iOrphans as well:

"As hand-held email devices proliferate, they are having an unexpected impact on family dynamics: Parents and their children are swapping roles. Like a bunch of teenagers, some parents are routinely lying to their kids, sneaking around the house to covertly check their emails and disobeying house rules established to minimize compulsive typing."

From the Wall Street Journal's technology page, link here.

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