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[User Picture]From: qiika Date: March 26th, 2008 - 01:55 pm (Link)
For many (most) kids growing up in the US these days, I think a cell phone is a rite-of-passage that should be part of the teenage years. It's only a matter of time before landlines are obsolete, and let's face it - in The Future, 99% of people have a cell phone. Getting one in your teens is necessary so that you can be a fully functioning part of society when you hit legal adulthood.

If anything, with the advent of cell phones and the internet, the value of face-to-face communication becomes more apparent. The hand-written note has different weight than the IM. But we shouldn't force face-to-face interaction. That'll happen on its own just fine. Sure, you'll have kids phoning each other from across the cafeteria, but so what? Have a school policy that all phones are set to vibrate/silent mode if the ringing and custom phone-songs becomes a distraction. But let the kids interact, through whatever medium.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 27th, 2008 - 05:36 pm (Link)
exactly... The conversation at Easter dinner devolved into steph's uncle saying how awful it was that in his office there are people who send IMs to each from two cubicles away.

Umm, why is that awful exactly? Maybe there's a good reason. Maybe they're copy/pasting text that needs to be exact. Maybe they're just lazy. Why do you care if someone is too lazy to walk 15 feet?

People always assume that the good days were better. That isn't really true. The article Mike mentioned (now linked to this post) makes some really good points there.

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