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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#CrowdSource: What Was the First Tech Gift You Remember Receiving?

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We could have gone with “what your first tech gift says about you,” but it’s almost Christmas already.

There comes a time in a kid’s life when the wishlist evolves from past dolls and dump trucks to games and gadgets.

It’s a refinement of interest, and taste. Rather than ask Santa for presents that speak when you spin the wheel/squeeze the paw/push the button, we request gifts of a higher order. Some are electronic; others, battery-powered.

All, though, signal our graduation from toys we’re still likely to chew on at some juncture, to those that require dexterity and thought.

I asked social media connections to share with Tech Life the first tech gift they remember unwrapping for the holidays. The answers spanned generations and complexities. Here’s what they came up with.

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


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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3 Innovative Ways to Win Swag on Blogs

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How to maximize your chances when it comes to reaping the blog sweepstakes rewards

By Eli Pacheco

I watch them fly by on my Twitter feed … giveaways and sweepstakes on blogs.

Some are on blogs I trust. Others, just from bloggers I follow. I’ve won before – neat glass jars from Infinity Jars on The Mom of the Year blog. I’ve won a couple of excellent books, too, and once, a fresh pair of sunglasses that would never fit in my budget.

Often, bloggers win on other blogs. Hosts can ask for anything from a simple comment to a series of likes and follows through a third-party service, such as Raffle Copter.

“I won a littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets kit from More than Thursdays,” said Roxanne Pixel, who blogs on Unintentionally Brilliant. “I’ve been keeping it hidden, and am using it as a Christmas gift for my son. I know he’s going to love it.”

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How to Make Memes (& Why People Love Them)


The right photo + the right words = viral appeal, copycats and more.

By Meaghan Flanigan

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you see a meme?

Hilarious? Insightful? Rude? Accurate? Dumb?

They’re all that – and they’re everywhere, from Twitter and Instagram to Facebook and Pinterest. How did a thing as simple as a photo and caption that makes a joke or offers an insight become some popular?

Richard Dawkins, in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, first coined the word meme. It described how ideas spread through culture. It once took days, weeks, or years for ideas to disseminate; now they hit the Internet, and spread like wildfire.

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#AtoZChallenge: M is for Me Time (is it Possible, in this Tech-Heavy World?)

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Technology renders us hyper-busy by connecting us to everything, all the time. Can tech also give us peace?

 By Eli Pacheco

“I’m bored,” my 11-year-old said just this morning.

MBored? We grownups remember what that feels like. Don’t we? Let me put it this way: My Todoist app blows up my phone still, even though I deleted the app. How’s that possible? I have enough to juggle without my virtual to-do list barking up my tree every day.

Technology makes it possible to always be in pocket, and that’s its advantage.Technology makes it possible to always be in pocket, and that’s its disadvantage.

Hell, the organizational app Evernote’s proven track record speaks for itself. Yet, I struggle to organize the stuff I’ve saved to Evernote. User error.

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Welcome to the Show: Tech Life Goes Live

The day is finally here.

az badgeIt’s the official launch of Tech Life, a blog devoted to that spot at which technology and life intersect. We’re immersed in a world increasingly technologically advanced – and sometimes, those enhancements even add something good to our lives.

Tech Life writers don’t want to simply write about apps, websites and devices.

We want to examine how these impact our lives. We’ll start with the A to Z Challenge, in April. That will entail writing every day except Sundays all month, starting with a topic that begins with the letter A.

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