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What is my smartphone doing to me?

posted by Barakah December 8, 2015 0 comments

Hmmm…..I am just gonna pretend nothing happened,i am telling you,haaaaa! this life! e no easy ooo….
#thehustleisreal….

I have missed you guys…Kilode! the missing plenty!..hope we are all doing good? i pray so…

Now,the question is, how much do you use your phone? or better still,how long can your do away with you phone? be sincere ooo, no lies…say the truth and shame the devil!

I am sure you are like why the transition…??? yeaaa yeah!! the gal gotta do what she has to do.  Haaalla! lol

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Close up of friends with circle of smart phones

But seriously guys,Internet and social media have turned us to something else,i mean something else! we now use our phones every wheeeere! on the road,in the washrooms,class,meetings,kitchen,while driving, everywhere! we just always have that compulsive urge to check our phones every time,even when we have nothing to check.

I am not even going to start with the story of why you shouldn’t use your phone every where,before you people begin to appear in my dreams one after the other…lol

I don’t use my phone as much as i see people do,and hopefully i won’t but the rate at which we use our phones today gets a lot of us worried.Imagine, we even go about with our chargers because of the rate at which we press press. Parent can no longer even have a conversation with their kids,all their thinking of is their phones.

Smartphones, of course, allow us to seek rewards (including videos, Twitter feeds, and news updates, in addition to email) anytime and anywhere. Is such behavior unhealthy?

That really depends on whether it’s disrupting your work or family life, Greenfield says…

But for some people it is actually disrupting their lives slowly,using it in class and meetings when you are to be concentrating, on the road or while driving when you are to focus on where you are going to literally is (endangering our lives unnecessarily).

The frustrating one is when we hangout with friends or having dinner with family and everyone is just on their phone…Oh Lord!  For real!???

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Besides creating a compulsion, smartphones pose other dangers to our mental life, says Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

The smartphone, through its small size, ease of use, proliferation of free or cheap apps, and constant connectivity, changes our relationship with computers in a way that goes well beyond what we experienced with laptops,” he says. That’s because people keep their smartphones near them “from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to bed, and throughout that time the devices provide an almost continuous stream of messages and alerts as well as easy access to a myriad of compelling information sources.

“By design,” he says, “it’s an environment of almost constant interruptions and distractions. The smartphone, more than any other gadget, steals from us the opportunity to maintain our attention, to engage in contemplation and reflection, or even to be alone with our thoughts.”

Carr, who writes extensively in The Shallows about the way that computer technology in general may be diminishing our ability to concentrate and think deeply, does not have a smartphone.

“One thing my research made clear is that human beings have a deep, primitive desire to know everything that’s going on around them,” he says.

“That instinct probably helped us survive when we were cavemen and cavewomen. I’m sure one of the main reasons people tend to be so compulsive in their use of smartphones is that they can’t stand the idea that there may be a new bit of information out there that they haven’t seen. I know that I’m not strong enough to resist that temptation, so I’ve decided to shun the device altogether.”

But can we really manage using our smartphones ?

Hmmm…i know….i promised not to bug you guys with english but it was necessary…for now, let’s take a break and meet later on my next post on how to manage our smart phone use…

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