Tag: Smartphones

Ill-Served by Stupefying Phones?

 

Are we all ill-served by “smartphones” that actually stupify? Beyond the concerns about mental health (depression and anxiety, addiction) driven by social media engineered to drive constant desire for interaction, beyond worries about muscular-skeletal concerns from people hunching down into their hand-held digital devices, beyond even negative cognitive performance results, there appears to be a loss of social skills important to every brick-and-mortar business, including restaurants.

This last concern arises from observing servers and bartenders, usually at least partially compensated by tips, ignoring customers, money-making opportunities, lost in keeping up with their Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or Twitter account. So, teens and young adults are being harmed in their job and career development, aside from all the other claimed negative effects of smartphones on teens. To the extent that Americans are putting such devices into children’s hands at a younger age than parents in other countries, they may be building in lifelong disadvantages, while being sold the line that they are actually helping their child get ahead.

How would we expect a young person to pay attention in a workplace, when they have been allowed almost unlimited screen time for years? Should we be surprised that people will not make eye contact? Consider this current commercial for the latest Samsung Galaxy:

This episode of Young Americans is special for many reasons. For one, it is a crossover with the White Noise podcast, whose co-host, Joe Pappalardo, joins Jack. For…two, Jack and Joe attempt to discuss the effect that excessive technology use may be having on the ability of young people to focus on what matters. And for…three (?), they attempt this discussion…while themselves deliberately distracted by as many apps as they could have open while recording.

Trying to solve the mystery of why kids these days are so unhappy, Jack enlists the help of leading purveyor of charts and Washington Free Beacon staff writer Charles Fain Lehman.

A Trump Rally in Pictures

 

I attended Donald Trump’s rally at the Collier County Fairgrounds in Naples, FL on Sunday. As I also had a previous career as a professional photographer and photojournalist for a dozen years, I also gave myself the assignment to document the rally and how people were using their smartphones to broadcast and remember what was going on. To make matters even more interesting (and to further demonstrate how empowered we are as individuals thanks to the internet and our smartphones), I shot, edited, uploaded, and composed this post using nothing but my iPhone.

We are the media, and the deer now have guns. What that will mean for 2020 and beyond, I don’t know. What I do know is that 15 years ago, it would have taken me hours (if not days) to develop the film for this story and get it out to the public. Now, the only reason why I couldn’t send out pictures as they happened was because I had a lousy cell signal at the fairgrounds and had to wait until I encountered better coverage.

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Okay, here’s my situation – our Verizon contract runs out this December, so I can switch over to a new phone. I currently have an iPhone 5C, and there are a lot of things I like about it. However, the things I don’t like about it have been accumulating to the point that I want […]

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My oldest is currently on a school trip to Washington DC. He’s sending grainy iPhone pics of everything that makes DC a great place to visit. While on their bus, before heading into a place of interest, teachers advise his group to go to certain educational websites on their phones to learn about the history […]

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