Technology: A Work Email Blackout? Par-ty! Par-ty!

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I get experts placed in the news and I write some news, so it’s a rarity to read a quote by me in the news.

A reporter was looking for expert commentary on one corporation’s decision to shut off work email after hours. When I responded to her with information about Fordham’s Communications professors, I mentioned I’d freak out if I couldn’t access work email after hours. She ended up wanting to quote me.

Here are the two pieces in which I’m quoted and they’re good reads that show there is certainly a bit of a smartphone/technology addiction these days. Guilty as charged. Read on …

Vote: Would You Like a Work Email Blackout?

By Cindy Perlman, CNBC

Do you check your work email on an iPhone or other smartphone after-hours?

Join the club: More than 80 percent of workers say they continue to work from home even after they leave the office, according to a recent survey from mobile-research firm Good Technology. Nearly two-thirds said they check their work email before 8 a.m., and a whopping 40 percent admitted to checking email at the dinner table!

Read more, including my quote, here. And the other piece in which I’m quoted, also by Perlman, here.

Lyrics: ‘Keepsake’ by Gaslight Anthem

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I’m very fortunate to have grown up with both parents. I didn’t always see it that way. As a kid, I can remember sometimes wishing they’d divorce when they fought because I hated arguments and I figured I’d be allowed to hang out with friends more that way! (They were strict about letting me go anywhere without my brothers.)

I feel guilty for even thinking that way. But I was young and naive. I definitely cherish having them both together and around to this day.

I’m going to assume Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon grew up, in part, without his dad. The lyrics to Keepsake give me goosebumps:

It’s been thirty-one years
Since she’s been in your arms
But don’t worry about Mama
Mama’s got a good heart

And I’m not looking for your love
I’m only sniffing out blood
Just a little taste of where I came from

And at the bottom of this river
Is where I put you down to lay
So I can live with it
And in my heart there are these waters
Where I put you down to lay
While I learn to live with it
Until I’m free

And it’s been all my life
I’ve been wondering on the inside
What we could’ve had
If you’d had a part in my life

Buy the album, read the rest of the lyrics or just listen to the song, here. And in this interview with AOL Spinner, Fallon discusses honesty in his songwriting.

Upcoming in NYC: Young Moms Conference on Sept. 8

Northern Manhattan will be home to the very first “Young Moms Conference” this September. The event is being organized by Carolina PIchardo, one of the cofounders of Young Urban Moms (YUM), a blog devoted to young mothers in the NYC area.

I asked Pichardo to tell me how this conference came about.

A young mom herself, Pichardo said she always wanted to display a side of young mothers that has never been demonstrated before. She also wanted to provide a place for young moms to get together.

“YUM, the site, has always the main vehicle, but I know that every once in a while we need to step out from behind our screens and desks and whatever other lofty little places we currently are now and help those that need the real hand-holding,” Pichardo said. “This is that ‘Girl-to-Girl’ conference. Our goal is to make it real, to make it friendly and open, like so many of us. We are a community and we’re here to show it.”

A keynote speaker is expected to be announced in coming weeks.

Other things to expect at the conference are workshops on various family topics presented by area organizations; wellness tips and panels by The SPEACH and Healthy Kids in the Heights; and sessions with A Young Mother’s D.R.E.A.M, a nonprofit whose mission is to assist young/teen moms in completing their education through a one-on-one mentorship program.

And, by the way, according to YUM, there isn’t a strict age limit on who qualifies as a “young mom.” So if you can relate to the topics on their site, you’re a young mom. End of story.

Here are the need-to-know details:

Date: Saturday, September 8th
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

You must register in advance. Visit the YUM site for information on how to register and to learn about the conference cosponsors.