Snapchat and the Ghost of Communication

When I began inviting friends to join me on Snapchat a few weeks ago, most of them had no idea what I was talking about. Despite the fact that almost every teenager I talk to has a Snapchat account, a good portion of the adults I know don't know what it is. (The only exceptions were those in education. Invariably, my teacher friends already had accounts.) So the first reaction I got to Snapchat invitations was mostly "What is that?" The second most frequent response I got was "Wait... isn't that … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Not to Buy Your Kid a Brightly Colored iPhone (Sorry, Kids)

Along with the new iPhone 5s,  Apple released another iPhone, the 5c that will feature plastic backings, which makes them a lot more affordable and accessible to a broader audience. As cool as that is for some of us, a lot of parents who've been playing the "we can't afford it" card with their kids in order to keep them at bay, will be out one more excuse to put off buying their youngsters a smart-phone.So what are parents supposed to do? Do you get the kid an iPhone? You're kind of ap … [Read more...]