Breaking Up with Your Smartphone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Quitting

Fabuwood, a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Newark, implemented a policy last May that prohibits the use of phones during meetings. They have installed “device shelves” outside their six conference rooms, and 80 employees have opted for flip phones that the company offers to cover. Despite initial criticism, employees have found that meetings are now more engaging and productive. Company founder Joel Epstein, a long-time flip phone user, was inspired to make this change after observing how smartphones affected his employees. He began an initiative called “InFocus” and found productivity increased by 20% after just six months.

Reactions have varied, with some people believing that they could never switch to a flip phone and others describing it as life-changing. Long-term flip phone users enjoy improved relationships and increased productivity as well. Abraham Brull, a software development manager at Fabuwood, emailed the author about how switching companies to one that encourages healthier technology use had helped him. This change is not just a personal attitude of satisfaction but also a method of improving work performance.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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