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Options May 7, 2018: Anya Kamenetz, author, "The Art of Screen Time"

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This week: Anya Kamenetz, author of the new book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

Anya's summary (with a nod to Michael Pollan):

Enjoy screens.
Not too much.
Mostly with others.

Pointers to Anya's work:

Anya's homepage

@anya1anya on Twitter

Anya's NPR stories, including the recent Kids, Meet Alexa, Your AI Mary Poppins

Review of "The Art of Screen Time", by Kayt Frisch. "Spoiler: PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY - distracted driving is statistically the most likely way to kill your primary school-aged child."

Screen time in the news

The Teenage Social Media Trap: "Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook play a key role in how teens measure and manage social success; it also finds that the overuse of social media may bring added risks to an adolescent’s mental health."

Parenting the Fortnite addict: "How should parents step in? Instead of being against playing Fortnite, some adults position themselves as being for other important activities, such as completing homework, being physically active, participating in family life and getting enough sleep."

Other tech news

Searching for a Future Beyond Facebook, by Jacob Silverman: "Facebook has accomplished a neat trick in the last fourteen years, draping itself in humanitarian intent while establishing a globe-straddling monopoly. In the name of connecting people, it has built the world’s largest surveillance apparatus, rivaled only by Google."

Ticketmaster to trial facial recognition technology at live venues (VentureBeat; see also the WSJ article.) Don't worry, says the article, it's purely for the “‘development of deeper customer relationships’ between fans, artists, venues, and teams. Moreover, Ticketmaster touts the technology as boosting safety and security.”

Satellite Project Draws Airbus, SoftBank, Bill Gates as Investors: investors "propose to build and launch some 500 small satellites intended to provide unmatched video coverage of the globe."

Today's outtro music selected by Greg Harrison, the brilliant designer who created the Techtonic t-shirt (coming soon to marathon donors!).

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  How much screen time is too much for kids? Mark speaks with author Anya Kamenetz about her new book "The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life."
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Options Machinarium Soundtrack  No Label     
  Mark's intro      
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  Interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of "The Art of Screen Time"      
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Kosmischer Läufer  Morgenröte   Options The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83, Vol. 2  Unknown Capability Recordings     
  Your calls and comments 201-209-9368      
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Early B  Computer Tek Over   Options History Of Jamaica Early B At Midnight Rock  Roots Records    0:54:24 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:01pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:01pm Bas NL:

Hi Mark!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:03pm Warren in Australia:

Hi Mark and all the techtons.

Can we start a petition for this show to go for two hours?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:03pm Fredericks:

Power Point presentation tonight, I hope!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:04pm Bas NL:

I'm in, Warren! 2 hours at least!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:05pm common:

good eve!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:05pm brycepunk1:

Been really enjoying your weekly show. Very interesting stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Hiya Mark and Tony Techs!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:06pm jess:

does this mean we can't light up at concerts anymore?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:07pm Folsom:

hi all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:07pm listener james from westwood:

This type of shit is always portrayed as benefiting consumers. I'd say they'd be embarrassed to use this reason, but Ticketbastard has been refractory to irony for close to 2 decades.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:07pm Webhamster Henry:

It's more like if you are scalper or give your tickets away .. you are in trouble.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:07pm Smokestack:

What could possibly go wrong?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:07pm herb.nyc:

Ticketmaster's face, my fist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:08pm Greg from ZONE 5:

When has Ticketmaster ever steered us wrong?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:08pm chris:

no shoes, no face, no entry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:08pm listener james from westwood:

This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I were Magneto. Just rip all the cameras out by the roots without batting an eye.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:09pm Bas NL:

Scary that facial recognition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:10pm Linda Lee:

building the perfect dystopia one exciting new advance at a time..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:10pm Smokestack:

The future is now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:10pm herb.nyc:

"Satellite Project finds thousands of lost socks in Laundromat" news headline
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:10pm Fredericks:

Who's watching the man who's watching me?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:10pm Linda Lee:

the future is nuts!
Avatar Mon. 5/7/18 6:11pm Number Six:

Hi Mark & All! I've got one for you. Anybody been to DisneyWorld lately? They scan your fingerprints now. Check our this video, Big Brother 15 sec in.
youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:11pm Bas NL:

The past had bigger batteries though..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:11pm Folsom:

wasn't there some news about someone incorporating blockchain with tickets to try to keep down scalpers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:11pm northguineahills:

I don't think I've used ticketmaster since the 90s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:12pm GC south slope:

good evening. this show has become not-to-be-missed weekly listening for me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:13pm Folsom:

@northguineohills I've had ticketfly charges when going to the box office and paying cash, unsuccessful on trying to avoid the ticket fees
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:13pm chris:

the biggest non-governmental surveillance program, i think Silverman may have meant to say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:14pm Linda Lee:

less & less compels us to support corporate cultural sponsorship! oh no!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:18pm northguineahills:

@Folsom, on some occasions, I've used other services (ie: Stubhub) for larger events, but usually, I know the owner of the venue and just pay w/ cash or credit at the door. (not including sports events, also StubHub if my friends didn't get the tix first).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:19pm northguineahills:

@Mark: That meme is so me!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:21pm Fredericks:

Si Kahn musically representing my previous comment: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:25pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, GC south slope! And hi all! Good comments on these surveillance projects. And yes, @ngh, I relate to the book meme, too...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:26pm northguineahills:

Teevee, WTH is that (haven't had any semblance of one in 8 years)! I watch everything via my laptop of pad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:26pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, Fredericks, will take a listen...
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:26pm own crabapplesatellite Johnzon:

Greetings techtonacks
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:28pm Webhamster Henry:

My Minecraft: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:29pm Webhamster Henry:

(Girder and Panel set .. a/k/a/ the Girdle and Panty set)
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:31pm Kc:

What if the child is only interested in shooters? How do you fuel that energy positively?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:32pm Folsom:

@Webmaster I had a later version of that, I remember making a building from Brasilia
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:33pm Webhamster Henry:

I had one that could build chemical plants (with pumps and piping) , as well as suspension bridges! And yes - those panels rip easily and cut your fingers! I had a city set up on a ping pong table for years.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:34pm Warren in Australia:

Anyone play dwarf fortress?

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

In its early stages Minecraft was heavily ‘influenced’ from DF.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:36pm Bas NL:

I'm sooo out of things... i have no kids :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:39pm Phil with the phone:

@Warren tried playing DF once, probably the most complicated game I've ever played. 10/10

Call in at 201-209-9368!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:40pm Smokestack:

RFID bracelets. Yeah, a lot of festivals are using those now. It stores all your information, tracks your location, and you can even load it up with your credit card to scan at vendors
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:41pm Linda Lee:

so to hell with Disneyworld, honestly. go sit with a tree somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Meccano & Erector Sets were good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

From the What Could Possibly Go Wrong Department: Facial recognition wrong 90% of the time: www.thefreethoughtproject.com...
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:43pm Nick K (Killer):

Paintball
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm mark:

paintball. maybe touch football or other competitive sports where u take out your opponent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm Linda Lee:

yes. go out to the skeet shooting range. yes, take an archery class. don't let video games win by default.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm mark:

even dodgeball
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

^^ Bluh, that may have been the wrong article, but still messed-up news.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm Webhamster Henry:

My son writes video games and visual novels, so: lots of screen time!
scratch.mit.edu...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:44pm Linda Lee:

children aren't meant to sit in one place & do nothing. they need to play & move to grow both physically & emotionally. don't raise a goddamn slug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:45pm northguineahills:

My phone is constantly on mute and never vibrates. I never touch my phone when driving.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:46pm herb.nyc:

Old joke- if you drink and drive, make sure you have a car. So if you text and drive, make sure...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:46pm Linda Lee:

what's bound to happen is the growth of intentionally phone-free, self-contained communities. it's coming. watch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:47pm Linda Lee:

sorry to hear Russ has a virtual girlfriend.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:48pm Linda Lee:

she's not all there.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:51pm βrian:

A five o'clock show is so damn hard to catch.

That phrase sounded a lot like Michael Pollan's re what to eat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:51pm Linda Lee:

yes, she's cribbing exactly.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:52pm Neckbard:

Typical neoliberal non-solution: The problem is systemic and affects all of society, so hunker down and try to fetch you own brood from the abyss of the ASD surveillance grid.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:52pm βrian:

Eat good food. Don't eat shit.

[I mean, to put it bluntly.]
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:52pm Smokestack:

I love the slot machine analogy. So true.
Avatar Mon. 5/7/18 6:52pm Fox:

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but a silver lining of advance facial recognition tech is the increased ability for the non-verbal to communicate and the non-mobile to direct their assistive technology based on minor facial movements.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:53pm JakeGould:

Lawn darts. Put down the phone and bring back lawn darts.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:53pm βrian:

A little arnica gel will help your techtoids.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:53pm Eric Hat:

How about Human Listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:53pm Rob (Jerzcity):

Tonics?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm Phil with the phone:

I can be a techton on the outside but I'll always be a plate on the inside.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm Jay Goges:

I like it!
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm Neckbard:

Decept-techtons
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm βrian:

We played Jarts in teams, one on each side of a two-story house.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm herb.nyc:

If there be Trumpers, let's have Hursters (w all due respect). Tho Techtons is a good one.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm Jay Goges:

Who’s house? Techton’s House
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:54pm JakeGould:

Also I have see tons of people use basic FaceTime for sign language communication.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:55pm Linda Lee:

we're the techulettes!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:55pm 3.1415:

Techtrons
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:55pm Bas NL:

Techtons.. sounds a bit like daleks maybe?
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:55pm JakeGould:

Who plays Mine Sweeper still?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:55pm melinda:

Yay Techtons. It's worth pointing out that Daniel Blumin's listeners have many different names, it's fun for people to say whatever strikes their fancy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm Fredericks:

Tonitons.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm βrian:

Téchois, peut-être ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Put down that phone and get teched-off!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm herb.nyc:

Oh, Michael Pollan is at bANDnoble of union sq, tue may 15, 7pm
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm Bas NL:

'Solitaire' man here..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:56pm Linda Lee:

btw, wishing to grasp control of what can be controlled under one's own power is not intrinsically 'neoliberal'. that makes no sense.
Avatar    Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm βrian:

Analog tech-tocks.
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm JakeGould:

Nulls. Call the listeners “Nulls”
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Mark & all!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm PSYCHICSHOPPER:

The tiicketron issue, that may be good way to stop scalpers
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm Linda Lee:

as in null & void?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm Webhamster Henry:

'tecs
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:57pm chris:

thanks, Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:58pm Linda Lee:

tik -teks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:58pm Bas NL:

Tekkies?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, we're part of the null set!
  Mon. 5/7/18 6:58pm JakeGould:

I miss the days of wristbands and waiting in line.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:59pm Smokestack:

Tekkies <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:59pm Linda Lee:

hand stamps!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 6:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Just don't call me late to supper!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:00pm Linda Lee:

once the wrist bands came in, i was out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:00pm Bas NL:

Hand stamps rule!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:00pm Linda Lee:

thank you Bas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:01pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! Have a good week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:01pm Linda Lee:

thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 5/7/18 7:01pm Bas NL:

He, he.. and then not trying to wash them off.. days of after-joy!
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