Tech Talk

Here are a couple of tech-related stories for you…

When Janell Hoffman gave her 13-year-old son, Greg, an iPhone this past Christmas, it came wrapped with an 18-point agreement he had to sign in order to use it.

And suddenly she’s become a national sensation for being … a good parent.   According to, his iPhone “contract” included some of these clauses:

“I (Mom) will always know the password,”

“Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm”

“Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room.”

Point 18 reads : “You will mess up.  I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.”

On Good Morning America, Janell said the 18-point list  of conditions was an effort to help her son enter the digital world with a little foresight.

Here’s another story that might interest you…social media and Internet usage are devastating workers’ productivity. Six out of 10 employees visit social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter while on the clock. And we’re interrupted, on average, once every 10.5 minutes by instant messages, Facebook messages and tweets.

After those interruptions, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back on task. That totals $4,452 in lost productivity annually for every social media-using employee in the country—a $650 billion-a-year hit to the American business bottom line.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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