Parents and texting: They don’t come to the door to pick up their kids.
Digital Manners: Parents Never Come to The Door To Pick Up Their Kids From Our House—They Just Text.
Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
March 13 2012 1:47 PM

Drive-By Texting

Parents never come to the door to pick up their kids from our house—they just text.


Slate's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and Dear Prudence advice columnist Emily Yoffe debate the question: Should parents always come to the door and introduce themselves or chat when picking up their kids from a playmate’s house? A father laments that texts have taken the place of face-to-face parental interaction in his neighborhood.

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Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.