As a college professor, I made a radical decision about a year ago: I banned smartphones and laptops during class. Honestly, I can’t compete with Facebook or an Internet flash sale or texts from friends. My students now take their notes the old-fashioned way with pen on paper. And it turns out that students who take notes by hand learn better.
Now I’d like to do the same with cellphones at home and social gatherings. The biggest generation gap is technology, especially with our millennial children whose phones are permanent appendages. I am not alone. Just the other night in a restaurant, a dad sitting next to me said to his 20-something daughter, “Let’s put away our cellphones for an hour.”