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  • Goodbye Soccer Moms... Hello iPhone Moms

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    An interesting article in the Pioneer Press this weekend illustrates how the "soccer mom" is rapidly being replaced by the "iPhone mom."

    When Laurie Jesch-Kulseth gets a craving for fennel while at the supermarket with her two young kids, she doesn't just grab a batch of the tasty herb and head for the register. She whips out her iPhone, searches the Web for a good recipe incorporating fennel, fetches the extra ingredients and has a family dinner on the table within hours. Ah, the power.
    Indeed, the iPhone has revolutionized the convenience with which we lead our lives. But the article inadvertently exposes a reality that many of us may be noticing in our own lives - that the moms we know or call our own typically use their iPhone in the most bare-bones way possible.

    The matriarchs chronicled by Laurie Jesch-Kulseth in this Pioneer Press piece showcase how the iPhone helps moms stay organized, check the weather, make shopping lists, program "ICE" into their phones, etc. It really doesn't get any cooler than that for the new generation of "iPhone moms." And I, for one, kind of find that awfully sad. At present, there isn't a strong emphasis on mother-friendly applications in the App Store. And those that are tailored to moms aren't necessarily the most cutting-edge and contemporary in the digital storefront if you know what I mean.

    Fortunately, with the greater awareness of the iPhone's practicality for the moms of the world, developers and marketers may soon turn their attention to this rapidly growing segment of the population.

    Greystripe, an advertising network focused on mobile devices, has encouraged its clientele to target iPhone-using mothers via prominent ads embedded in a range of free iPhone apps. A recent Greystripe report titled "The iPhone Mom" highlights the powerful role of such women as primary decision makers when it comes to household buying.
    For now, searching the top "mom-friendly" apps for the iPhone yields results that prove more kid-friendly than anything.
    For example, mommypoppins.com lists the following as some of the best iPhone apps for moms:
    • Scribble (FREE) —Lets kids (or parents) draw with their finger right on the screen and then shake to erase, like an etch-a-sketch. Great for little kids.
    • Bubbles (FREE) — Make and play with bubbles. Perfect for distracting toddlers.
    • Super Monkey Ball ($9.99)— Of course there are a gazillion DS style games for the iPhone

    Hopefully, the future for "iPhone moms" will include at least a few more applications that really are designed for moms and not just distractions for their little ones. Moms, after all, deserve to have a little fun and enjoy the sillier side of life (and the iPhone) too.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Goodbye Soccer Moms... Hello iPhone Moms started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Milf.

      LOLWUT?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      LMAO. This qualifies as news?
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Great, one more distraction for them while they are behind the wheel of a minivan hurtling down the road at 80 miles per hour.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      That baby sure has big hands and doesn't he mind his mother looking over his shoulder while he's typing a text?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -

      girls are better drivers than guys...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post

      girls are better drivers than guys...
      Hahahahaha
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Hahahahaha
      What's that supposed to mean? It's proven
      That's why insurance for women is cheaper than for men...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      They have less (expensive) accidents but only because they drive so slowly.
      You will learn one day.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Haha. If stereotypes are true then I have the worst of odds against me when I finally start driving.
      1) I'm female
      2) I'm asian
      3) I'm a teenager


      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      That baby sure has big hands and doesn't he mind his mother looking over his shoulder while he's typing a text?
      The baby's married too. Almost beat you to it Mr. Confuciousmobil
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You can solve 1/3 by not driving until you are 20 - then you will no longer be a teenager...

    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Then how am I supposed to get to school? My house is 2 miles away from my school with lots of hills in between...
      Plus my sister's going to college next year... and my parents never have "time" to bring me anywhere...

      And besides, I'm looking forward to driving as soon as possible Only 5 months and 11 days until I get my permit!
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Haha. If stereotypes are true then I have the worst of odds against me when I finally start driving.
      1) I'm female
      2) I'm asian
      3) I'm a teenager
      :
      oh crap, and you live in california! hopefully not in the east bay!

    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      lol. nah I'm south
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      lol. nah I'm south
      if i were to guess, i would have guessed south bay. dunno why
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ahah. LA/OC status
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Nice nursies!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post

      And besides, I'm looking forward to driving as soon as possible Only 5 months and 11 days until I get my permit!
      Here in the UK you can't get a licence until you are 17 - then you can't drive alone until you pass your tests. It's still far to young, but, heh, what can you do>
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      We can get our permits at 15 1/2 after we pass the test. But with the permit you have to drive with a licensed adult over 25 years old & we need at least 6 (I think) hours with a driving instructor (but my parents are over-protective so we're going for more hours). Then after you have your permit for at least 6 months you have to go take the written & driving test to get your license. And then you can't drive anyone without a licensed 25+ year old in the car for at least a year & you can't drive past.. 11 I think. Some people wanted to change the law so that you can't get your license until your 18 but a lot of people need to drive for school stuff like community service, sports, clubs, etc.

      In France they can't drive until 18
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Here in the UK you can't get a licence until you are 17 - then you can't drive alone until you pass your tests. It's still far to young, but, heh, what can you do>
      here in california, we give illegal immigrants licenses
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      here in california, we give illegal immigrants licenses
      LMAO!!!!!! Here in California, illegal immigrants NEED licenses