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Tech's Effects on the Family

Are smartphones, tablets and video games driving your family apart? Find out how technology effects the family and how to use technology to bring your family closer together.


Seniors May Be As Hooked to Smartphones As Their Grandkids

Although many think of 'smartphone addiction' as a young person's problem, seniors can get in trouble too. Just for different reasons.

Slow-Motion Video Makes People Look  More Guilty, Study Shows

Video footage of crimes is getting more common. And a new study shows video speed has a bigger impact on judgment (and criminals' punishments) than we've given it credit.

Ridiculous History: SHOUTY CAPS Are a Much Older Invention Than You Think

We all know we’re being yelled at when we get a text using all capital letters in an email. Did that start with the invention of the internet? Or is it something older?

The Transforming Gun Meant to Resemble a Smartphone

A Minnesota entrepreneur is planning to manufacture and market what might be the ultimate in concealed weapons — a small pistol designed to look like a cellphone.

Big Babysitter Is Watching Your Children

Bad babysitter or good watchdog? (Or both?) Find out why tracking apps and child-monitoring devices can be a boon — and a bane — of modern parenthood.

Is your children's computer time affecting their sleep patterns?

Are your kids having trouble falling asleep? It might be time to take the computer, the iPad and the cell phone from the bedroom.

Tech in the Bathroom: Gadgets for Good Hygiene

Do you geek out over the newest gadgets? What about high-tech gizmos in the bathroom?

How is technology helping two-household families?

What with scheduling visitations and trying to keep in contact, divorced families face their own special challenges. Fortunately, technology is helping in some unique ways.

Talking to Your Teens About Tech Etiquette

Just as you would teach your children dinner table etiquette and the law of please and thank you, it's also up to you to teach polite ways of technology.

5 Ways Technology Has Negatively Affected Families

Between texting, e-mailing, TV, talking on the cell phone and playing video games, does anyone have time to be a family anymore?