Is that Your Cell Blinging?
Time was when phones were considered one step above two Dixie cups and string. Not anymore. “Children are getting (cell phones) at younger and younger ages,” noted licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “And they’re using them as toys. They use them as cameras. And text-messaging is the new way to pass notes in class.” Accessorizing phones has become a big deal, according to Panaccione, who says based on counseling sessions with families, “It’s mostly about one-upsmanship. I’m seeing many parents spend more money on these things that really are more gimmicky than useful,” she said.
As published in Florida Today, Mar 7, 2004.
Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.