Open Phones: Technology and the Work/Life Balance

Friday, March 08, 2013

Today we're talking about technology and the work/life balance. How do your devices help or hinder you as you juggle your home life (maybe as a parent) and work life? What are your rules for managing technology? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, or leave your comment below.


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Comments [10]


It's the instant gratification, work or not.

The earlier you introduce you child to it, the sooner the military-industrial complex will have another finely-tuned cog!!

Tune in, UNPLUG!

Mar. 08 2013 11:02 AM
Dad of non toddlers

iPod touch / social networking wrecked a month of my 11 yr old daughters life-- iPod, iPad everything banned for foreseeable future. Already bypassed countless distracting dramas -- best rule we ever made!

Mar. 08 2013 11:00 AM
Nick from UWS

All these calls from the legion of Big Brother's robots out there, people who can't imagine existence without a friggin' iPhone plugged into their face. It's very sad, how many have been pulled in past the event horizon.

Mar. 08 2013 10:59 AM
Tony from Canarsie

FYI, those of us who choose not to have children find segments like this about the travails of parenthood and the difficulties of busy family lives to be absolutely hilarious.

Mar. 08 2013 10:59 AM

I have a 2 year old daughter, and recently introduced her to TV (Maurice Sendak's Little Bear) and it's amazing how quickly kids (all people, perhaps?) get "sucked in". I limit it to 15 - 20 minutes in the morning so that she'll sit still while I brush her teeth and hair, but the more she watches, the more she wants to watch. I try not to introduce her to too much tech too early (no iPad time/no phone use), but also worry she'll fall behind; I see other 2/3 year olds who appear as comfortable on a computer as any adult.

Mar. 08 2013 10:58 AM
RJ from brooklyn

Ask single parents to call in, especially older ones. They have special issues.

Mar. 08 2013 10:56 AM

How about a SANE work life where the wage slave is not required to have the productivity of three?!?!?

How much are we to sacrifice for the all mighty Korporate® bottom line?!?!?

How about A LIFE!?!

We live in a VERY $ick Kulture™!!

Mar. 08 2013 10:52 AM
Nick from UWS

Eww.....the modern usage of technology to live one's life, to simulate parenthood, is so repulsive.

Mar. 08 2013 10:50 AM
elizabeth from Long Island City

We are a family of four with 2 kids ages 8 and 10. No digital devices after 7pm of any kind. That means no TV, or video games and no checking email for mom and dad. I have to say it's harder for the adults than it is for the kids!

Mar. 08 2013 10:44 AM

Recommended workflow/collaboration tools? I recently discovered Action by Behance, pretty good, a few other good ones seem to be trello, producteev and asana. (Basically these are all taking the "todo list" to an arguably more useful level, in part by incorporating organization systems such as "GTD"/Getting Things Done.)

Possibly more on topic -- just two days ago while on a stationary bike at the gym, which faces a big window that overlooks an indoor pool, I watched helplessly as a toddler wandered away from his mom, who was completely engaged by her phone, and walked straight into the deeper end of the pool! The water went over his head. It all happened in a split second! Fortunately the lifeguard saved the day. I wonder if this mom was "working from home" or simply being a textbook terrible parent and person?

Mar. 08 2013 10:06 AM

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