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Smartphones like cigarettes

02 Feb 2019

GQ Magazine published an interview with Cal Newport, leading up to his new book Digital Minimalism, due out any day now. As usual, Cal says a lot of thoughtful things, but this in particular gave me pause:

“You’re gonna look at allowing a 13-year-old to have a smartphone the same way that you would look at allowing your 13-year-old to smoke a cigarette.”

I suspect it is because I have my very own thirteen-year-old with a smartphone here in my household. Ouch.