Blackberry Fever

By Ranolene, age 16, South Africa

Look out, everyone, Blackberry fever is hitting this generation worse than swine flu!!

Black, white, silver, purple and red. No, these are not the colours of the rainbow; these are the colours you can get your Blackberry in!

These smart yet pricey phones are held tightly in every two out of three teenagers' hands. I know that it's good to have a device in the colour of your choice that has over 1,000 applications, free unlimited internet usage, and can store up to five hundred songs.

But even though the Blackberry offers all this and so much more, there are parents who ask the question: "Is this device going to interfere with our kids' education and social life?" Sure, kids can have a social life on social networking sites, but what about their education? Studies prove that most teenagers prefer to be locked up in their rooms with a phone in hand to reading a book.

Sure, technology is being improved with these devices, but is it good for our generation??

I know we can't put a stop to technology, but we can limit ourselves to the use of it. For example, after school, we could come home and take half an hour to read our messages, then do our homework, and then spend the rest of the day with our devices! :)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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