Lately, visiting my parents sets my teeth on edge. Both are 70, progressively harder of hearing and prolific WhatsApp users. These elements combined mean that they have their phone notifications turned to extra loud, the noise clanging throughout the house and aggressively cutting through moments of peace. Mom marauds about with her iPhone dangling from her neck on a lanyard, shout-dictating into it as if she were sending a telegram in the 1920s: “LOVELY TO SEE YOU. PERIOD. ALL WELL HERE. PERIOD. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Rage Against the Machine A conversation about the influence of invisible algorithms. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Computed Emotion On the rise of chatbot therapy. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Brewster Kahle The tech idealist archiving the internet. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Captcha This Prove you're not a robot.