The Negatives of Too Much Texting

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…And How to Hone Your Interpersonal Skills!

By Victor Moreau

The average Millennial exchanges an average of 67 text messages per day, according to Business Insider. About 97% of Americans use their texting app at least once a day, making it the most widely-used feature on a smartphone. People like to text, but is there a negative to all of that time spent typing in lieu of face-to-face or even voice-to-voice communication?

Some people think so.

One person, in particular, MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle, is a leading researcher looking into the impact of texting. Turkle believes that too much texting can have a negative impact on the interpersonal development of kids. An example she gives compares an apology given between two people face-to-face and a text apology.

In the example, she describes all of the emotion, tension, and subtleties involved in a face-to-face apology:

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Guest Post: Kelly, of Just Typikel, on Writing Online

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Awash with stories as a widow and mom to young children, one writer found a path to share them

How many people do you know who’ve won two donkeys on a TV game show?

That’s just one of Kelly McKenzie’s adventures. She writes the blog Just Typikel. Get it? Her posts brim with the adventures of a mom to two grown children, and daughter to a 91-year-old spark plug of a woman.

Today, Kelly graces us with her presence here at Tech Life.

Kelly’s here to tell us how technology impacted her life. In this case, it was an online writing course that set her on a path of spinning tales of a life in an Asian antique shop with her mom.

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Guest Post: Tiffany of Sounds Like Life to Me, on Technology

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We’re proud to present our first guest post on Tech Life.

guest post tlTiffany writes the blog Sounds Like Life to Me. She’s a mom, a wife, and a writer. We asked her to tell us how technology has changed her life. Many of us will be able to identify with so much of what Tiffany says about the struggle between the benefits and pitfalls of a technologically advancing society.

Be sure to check out Tiffany’s blog after you read her post here.

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How Tech Makes it Easier to Get Away for a Getaway

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Save time, save money, save sanity for vacation with a little help from technology

By Jacquelyn Staggs

Work hard, play hard.

Or so they say.

Imagine taking a relaxing vacation, lying in a swaying hammock on a sandy beach in the sun, sipping out of a coconut…..or, hiking through the dense jungle chasing waterfalls and watching monkeys swing from branch to branch…..whichever’s more your passion.

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#AtoZChallenge: N is for Narcissistic Tendencies

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Why selfies are literally killing us.

By Brittany Smith

Selfie sticks, Snap Chat, photo filters, Instagram, Pic Stitch collages, and the constant pressure to update our social media profiles is fueling the rise of the selfie, and with it a long list of mishaps, injuries and photos gone very, very wrong.

NJust last month a man in Washington State was taking a selfie with a gun and accidentally shot himself. A few weeks after that incident, a man in Hong Kong plunged to his death while attempting to take a photo from a popular overlook.

Although 2016 is still in the first quarter, it’s tough to tell if these are isolated incidents or a rising trend, but the folks over at Priceonomics have found that since 2014, 49 people have died while attempting to take selfies. (Coincidentally, but not really, 75 percent of them happened to be male.)

The majority of selfie fatalities come from falling from heights, followed closely by drowning and trains. Two people have also died from attempting to take a grenade selfie. That’s right, a hand grenade, folks.

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#AtoZChallenge: K is for Kitchen Gadgets that will change your life

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Add a little spice to your cooking routine with some space-age technology.

By Eli Pacheco

Probably my favorite kitchen gadget made its debut in the Han Dynasty in China.

KThat was around 206 BC to 220 AD, or, as my kids would say, my junior year in college.

It’s a cast-iron skillet, and I swear to Emeril, everything tastes better when it comes out of it: Pancakes, refried beans, any chicken-and-noodle dish (heavy on the heavy cream, please.)

A cast-iron skillet is as low-tech as it gets, unless you’re into running a rotisserie stick through the mammal or fish of your choice and twisting it over an open flame.

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#AtoZChallenge: H is for Homeschool Tech

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Homeschooling follows a different path than traditional education. Technology, though, can still play a crucial role.

When things aren’t quite right – we opt to go home.

HIt happens in sports, when teams have a rough road trip. Or in college, when it’s been a tough week of exams. At the end of an unreal workday, we can’t wait to get home and relax. It’s why we talk about home-field advantage and home cookin’.

Home schooling also allows students to learn in comfort. The comfort of their own home.

The U.S. Department of Education reports 1.77 million students learn at home. That’s 3.4% of school-age kids in America. A2Z Homes Cool, a clearinghouse online for all things home school, says it’s a tough number to ascertain, as not all states require home schooling families to report.

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