Author Archives: Dr. Ralph G. Perrino

About Dr. Ralph G. Perrino

Biography: Doctorate, Education, George Mason University, 1998; Masters Degree, Public Administration, George Mason University, 1980; Graduate study, Sociology, University of North Carolina 1971-74; Bachelor's Degree, Sociology, Catawba College, 1971. Associate Professor, Sociology, Northern Virginia Community College, 1984 - present; Founder and Director, Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, LLC, 1995 - 2018; 35 years teaching, coaching, mentoring, and tutoring experience with elementary through college-age students. Founder and Board President of Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (1986-1998); Board President, Residential Program Center (1998-2009); Chairman, Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce (2009-2011); Vice Chairman, Fairfax Partnership for Youth, 2010 – 2016, Board Member, David M. Brown Planetarium, 2010 – 2018; Advisory Board, David M. Brown Planetarium, 2018; Board Member, Creative Cauldron Theatre Company, 2012 – present; Co-President, Faction of Fools Theater Company, 2016 – present; Board Member, The Hub Theater Company, 2018 - present; Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER) past president and Board member, 2001 – 2015. Outstanding Citizen Award, Arlington County Public Schools, 1992; Nominated for Outstanding Citizen Award, Arlington County Public Schools, 2005; Arlington School Administrators 2006 Civic Award; Arlington County James B. Hunter Community Hero Award, 2009; Northern Virginia Community College Outstanding Service to the College Award, 2012; Jean C. Netherton Award of Excellence, Northern Virginia Community College. 2016.

A Discussion on the Dangers of Cell Phones, Social Media, and Technology with Dr. Ralph G. Perrino (by Dr. Anwar Dunbar)

My friend and colleague, Dr. Anwar Dunbar, writes a regular blog titled “The Big Words Blog Site.” He and I recently collaborated on a blog where he interviewed me on a topic on which I have written extensively in the past. That topic, the dangers of cell phones, social media, and technology, was the focus … Read more

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Your Smoke or My Smoke?

As an occasional cigar smoker, I have always been intrigued by the extreme reaction to smoking by mature adults. It seems that, on the one hand, we have vilified and demonized smoking in any form, while at the same time we have glorified and glamorized alcohol consumption and the use of cannibis. Just look at … Read more

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Are We Creating a “Digital Dust Bowl?”

I am reading John Steinbeck’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Written at the height of the era of the “Dust Bowl” at the tail end of The Great Depression and the beginning of World War II in Europe, Steinbeck addresses the issue of migrant workers being evicted from their “property” and … Read more

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Genetic Code or Zip Code?

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” These words, spoken by Franklin Delano Roosevelt more than 75 years ago, ring true today. The question must be, why have we not heeded … Read more

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I thought I had seen it all…until today.

I have long been a keen observer, and often a critic, of Americans’ obsession (some would say addiction) with smartphones and social media. I am fascinated by this compelling sociological phenomenon; I find myself reading everything I can to understand it. I also find myself keenly alert to the phenomenon as I go through my … Read more

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