Editor's Note

Mobile Invasions

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Greetings!

The world is suffering from the invasion of the cell phones, or, more accurately, little portable computers that also happen to make phone calls. People in general and young people in particular seem unable to resist the allure of the screen in favor of the people they’re with, and this puts great stress on families as well as marriages.

We explore the problems this invasion has created, and offer some guidance to families and couples dealing with online distractions in the latest issue. Coverage includes guidance from Doug Fodeman, technology director at the Brookwood School in Beverly, who says young folks shouldn’t get a smartphone until 7th grade, and from family therapist Dr. Jon Sobin, who explains the stresses that couples experience dealing with Screen Abuse.

On our op-ed pages, Dr. Keith Ablow and The Forward’s Jay Michaelson debate the insanity or hit-the-nail-on-the-headedness of Dr. Ben Carson’s comments on Hitler’s gun control policies.

And on page 11, our new and expanded calendar includes our Celebrations & Simchas section, taking you all the way to page 25!

On page 28, don’t miss Amy Forman’s feature on graduates of the Glen Urquhart School taking a 415 mile skateboard trip from Manhattan to New Hampshire to remember their brother and friend who died of leukemia in 2010.

Thanks for reading!

Todd



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