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The mystery of FaceTiming and Snapchatting — FranklyStein

The other night I walked into my daughter’s room to tell her something and she quickly warned me I was also talking to her friend — who was on the cell phone propped on her desk. Apparently they were FaceTiming while doing homework.

SnapchatFaceTiming is a mystery to me. I have no need to see who I am talking to, and I definitely don’t need whoever I am talking with to see me. I would much prefer to just talk on the phone — no pictures, no face.

Coincidentally, that same night I was texting with my 23-year-old niece and she ended up FaceTiming me to answer some questions. It felt awkward and stilted. I didn’t know where to look, how to hold the phone or what to do. But I just pretended because I didn’t want to seem like the outdated, rotary-phone era old lady that I am.

Another modern day means of communication I don’t understand is Snapchat. My girls are constantly making strange faces and snapping their pictures in ongoing social media chats with friends. Bad hair day? They don’t seem to care, even if there’s a boy in the chat. I’m not sure why the constant pictures of themselves are necessary. Seems like plain old texting works just fine. But then, what do I know. I grew up in the days of corded phones.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 17, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.


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