First, Let’s Kill All the Blue Screens

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Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.


  1. Haha…oh the rants and discussions we’ve had in this house over electronic devices! My husband is not very tech savvy and hates most devices and will not put himself out there in social media. But fighting with your teens over these things is not very easy. When our oldest wanted a cell phone “for safety” reasons, we finally bought her a prepaid. She promptly blew threw all her minutes and we took the phone back and said if she wanted it for social purposes – which is what the kids use it for – then she had to pay. So that was the precedent in the house and three of them are now paying for their cell phones. Now the battle has shifted to how we communicate…..and teaching the kids that it is still possible to communicate to someone face-to-face – or by actually talking on the phone. But, boy, do they shy away from that! I think one of the saddest things I observed this year was a family of four sitting at a restaurant – the two kids were sitting and mom and dad were typing on their phones!

  2. It’s become commonplace to rant and rave about how ‘eevil’ all these e-gadgets are, how they destroy people’s ability to TRULY communicate and connect socially (whatever the speaker means by that is never clear)… but has any research actually been done to support these claims?

    Society changes. People use a lot of gadgets lately to keep in touch. Is that bad? A lot of people seem to think so, but how much is legitimate concern and how much is just misty-eyed nostalgia for a sense of community that never existed?

    • Tom Matlack says:

      CopyLeft there is a growing body of research showing the negative impact on the brain of blue screens. Just sayin.

  3. Hah! :lol:
    Some days I even forget to switch on my cell phone, go figure!
    And when somebody calls me on it, I say “What the heck!” (it happens that seldom)

    Ok, I spend a good chunk of my day in front of my (beautiful) 24″ iMac, but I can say it’s because I work on it. Ehm!! ;)

    Anyway, I agree with Tom; I pity all those people who have become addicted to their devices.
    Me, I’d rather snug with my GF or have a walk hand-in-hand. And I don’t need to update my FB status about it; who cares!
    If all this makes me an old man, so be it! :D


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