Who hasn’t been stuck on a plane next to the guy whose laptop screen makes the entire row bright enough for you to read a book – only when you were hoping to take a nap? Or there’s the know-it-all, annoying tourist in your group – who is looking up facts on his iPhone and trying to take over the tour of the Colosseum.
Etiquette at the dinner table or on a date is fairly common knowledge, but did you know there are rules to follow when you’re traveling and using technology?
The founder and managing director of The Mobile Culture, Michael Matthews, gives eight tips for how to properly click or swipe away on your mobile devices while on vacation.
Parents role of establishing rules for use of cell phones at dinner, in private and especially during family time can prove contentious.
Consider however, appropriate times when rules can be relaxed in order to actually keep kids plugged in. Not for the purpose of avoiding another argument, but for utilizing devices to actually enhance family experiences by guiding the content. Done right, teenagers will have ample opportunity to open up instead of close off.
Per ideas of content in the illustration below, technology on the family vacation can serve as a conversation starter, memory preserver and exploration tool. If you have any other ideas, please send along.
On any given day, just getting your kids to unplug from technology can be more difficult than getting them to study for the SAT’s.
On vacation (heaven forbid you’re taking them away from their friends) getting them to turn off their phones, tablet’s, iTouches, and games can be even more difficult. Let’s not forget the fact that you spent an enormous amount of time and expense choosing fun things to engage your kids, but never mind.
Michael Matthews, founder and managing director of The Mobile Culture, says keeping the kids plugged in on your next trip may not be such a bad idea, after all.
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About Mike Matthews
Mike is Founder and Managing Director of The Mobile Culture. He consults Fortune 1000 brands in retail, CPG, pharma/health, hospitality and tech categories.
A frequent author for several publications including Forbes, Mashable and Microsoft’s Tag Blog as well as an annual speaker at Social Media Week, Internet Week, BOLO Digital Media Conference and several Universities.