Ideas 2012 July/August 2012

Smartphone-Free Socializing

Nothing is sorrier than seeing friends out on the town, each staring at an iPhone. Let’s provide havens from this pestilence, reconnect with people, and recapture some social grace. Certify willing restaurants, bars, lounges, and coffee shops as signal-blocking, Wi-Fi-free bastions of face-to-face conversation.

(Okay, so maybe that’s not a fully formed idea. Consider it half of one.)

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

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