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.

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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 regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. You can reach her at prudence@slate.com.