Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A weekend without her phone teaches columnist that cell phones may be getting a bad rap these days.
Last weekend I had what could possibly be one of the most harrowing experiences that a “work form home” mom could possibly have. My cell phone stopped working. Ok, it might sound like a simple fix to some of you out there but, reality is, when your cell phone is your lifeline to both your job and your kids losing it is anything but simple. Let’s face it the facts here. Text messages, emails, and phone calls are probably the most important forms of communication that we have at our disposal these days. Being able to take those communications everywhere we go is simply a “given” these days. Yes, I return emails between innings at little league games and yes, I respond to text messages while I volunteer at the Pop Warner snack shack. …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
One restaurant in L.A. is offering a 5 percent discount to patrons who ditch their phones during their meal. Would you like to see this in the Tewksbury?
Back in the days of the Old West, some of the more civilized saloons and casinos would require patrons to "check their guns at the door" in order to avoid ugly conflicts. These days, at local eatieries, one is more likely to see a conflict spring from one or more customers' need to carry on a (sometimes loud) conversation on their cell phone while others are trying to enjoy their meal. What are you going to do, right? A cell phone is like an added appendage for most people. But running counter to the "can't live without a connection" population is one restaurant in Los Angeles that is literally paying customers to keep their phones away from their meal, according to the Los Angeles Times. Eva Restaurant in L.A. is offering diners a 5% …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
School Committee considers policy change that would incorporate personal wireless devices into classroom technology.
The technology involved in “smart phones” has improved so dramatically in recent months that Tewksbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor wants to change school district policy, and encourage, not ban, the use of cell phones and other personal communication devices in the classroom. What's next, will teachers be handing out chewing gum and will running be allowed in the hallways? "Technology has become much more personal," explained O'Connor after the school committee gave first reading to a new "Personal Electronic Device" policy Wednesday night at the Wynn School. "Everybody has a mobile device, and as a result, we need to change the way we look at them." At present, school policy prohibits students from using cell phones during…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Do you think cell phone calls behind the wheel are dangerous?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
It soon may be harder to make phone calls while driving around town. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended states ban drivers from using cell phones and hands-free devices, including wireless headsets. There currently is no state that has outright banned such devices while driving. The board said that drivers faced serious risks from talking on wireless headsets, just as they do by taking a hand off the wheel to hold a phone to their ear. According to an article in today's New York Times, the National Transportation Safety Board based its recommendation on evidence of numerous crashes in which electronic distraction was a major contributing factor. The New York Times articles stated that many polls show that while people…