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>I think my boys feel the same way about smartphones that I felt about Guess jeans—the ones with zippers at the ankles—in 1984. All the cool, pretty girls had a pair. My desire for the jeans was more about fitting in with the crowd than about the jeans themselves.

The author is conflating 'fitting in' with communicating.

I don’t know. They mention that they allow them to text and message friends from their tablet when at home. Essentially it is merely avoiding distraction at school.

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