How mobile tech affects the family
Ryan and Matthew Porras keep connected to their parents, friends and each other through their mobile devices.
September 10th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

How mobile tech affects the family

By Jim Roope, CNN

Editor's note: This story is part of the in-depth CNN series, "Our Mobile Society," about how smartphones and tablets have changed the way we live.

(CNN) - Many parents complain that mobile phones, computers and tablets are dividing  families. However, some experts are saying these devices actually bring them closer together.

Scott Coltrane, Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon is one of those experts.

[2:00] “One of the best predictors of healthy child outcomes, particularly during adolescence and pre-adolescence is the extent to which parents can know where their children are, check in with them, set some boundaries, and be consistent in the limit setting that they need to do.”

Coltrane said mobile devices help parents and their kids feel better connected to each other.


OPINION: How the candidates become salesmen....
People cheer as Mitt Romney arrives for a campaign stop at Mapleside Farms on June 17, 2012 in Brunswick, Ohio.
September 10th, 2012
08:13 AM ET

OPINION: How the candidates become salesmen....

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says every four years presidential contenders relentlessly court swing state Ohioans. And like traveling salesmen their fervor  is intense–until they have made the sale.

[1:05] "The candidates become, by necessity, not all that different from the thousands of other sales reps lugging their sample cases across America every workweek."

[1:32] "That's how it is every four years during the small sliver of time when the people running for president and vice president can't do enough for the potential voters. It can be flattering– and also a little wearying– to be so relentlessly courted, even while knowing that the courtship has a hard expiration date in November."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion