Smartphone Addiction

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  1. Martin Alonzo

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    Smartphone Addiction: They Know it’s a Massive Problem
     
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    What do YOU think about it, Martin?
     
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    Life is too short to waste 14 minutes on a video about my phone. If you don't like them, don't get one.
     
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    Ken I was in a restaurant it was beside a university in Puerto Plata DR. There was a large table with students all looking at their cell phones one laugh and it was the girl across the table sent her a message. There was no verbal conversation at the table. Einstein said when technology surpasses personal interactions the world is doomed. When I moved out to where I live now 16 years ago there was one cell phone that the community used and that was it everyone was happy and the phone would be run down the road if anyone was calling long distance [US]
    Now every 12 year old has a cell phone and can not leave it for a conversation.
    That is what I think Ken
     
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    I recently joined a Research study on Dementia and Alzheimer's at the local
    University.

    The reason was that both my Grandfather ( on my Dad's side ) and my Dad had
    severe Dementia that started in their early 70's.

    My doctor got me in touch with them and I meet with them usually on Friday's.
    Lots of blood tests and answering questions and mental tests.
    They are looking at any Genetic or Heredity links.
    There seems to be a lot of research and work being done on this front.

    I'm happy to help in any way I can.

    One of the things they encourage is the use of a 'Smart Phone' to help in everyday situations.
    It is used as a 'tool' to help us stay organized and not forget important daily task.

    I also now wear my 'smart watch' which vibrates when my wife or someone is trying to get in touch
    with me or I have to be 'reminded' of a task. What a great 'tool'!
    Sure helps me with that 'lost' feeling I get sometimes.

    I admit that I am now more 'addicted' to my phone and plan to get an even nicer one.

    Also I'm addicted to my hearing aids, never leave home without either one.

    ( not so much at home; especially the hearing aids, because I never really listened to
    that other person who lives with me, when I could hear...:eek:)
     
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    Just remember, @Tim Burr that mental exercise is supposed to delay the onset of dementia. By relying on your phone to remember you may be accelerating the process. Solving complicated algebra equations and taking long walks may help....
     
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    That's sort of what I was thinking. The more you use your brain, the longer it may remain resilient. Makes you wonder about all those people who depend on their electronic devises, doesn't it? Their brains might be jelly by the time they are 60.
     
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    We don't have a problem with cell or iPhone and like the iPhone we have. Want to get along better with grandkids, show them you know how to use and iPhone!
     
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    After a period of time and a baseline is determined for me, they will
    suggest a diet change, mental and physical challenges.

    As I have stated before on the forum, I walk a mile and half each way to work.

    I try to challenge myself daily to keep my mind sharp.

    I can't explain the 'lost' feeling that comes over me at times,
    all I know is that the longer I am in that 'zone', the more scared
    I become.

    If having some devices help me, I'll continue to use them.
     
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    My wife is on her phone every minuet she is awake. One time a friend said why not ask your wife for that information. I told him that I did not have her phone number.
     
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    One of the many 'puzzles' I do at work.

    Now, just where does this 'thing-of-a-bob' go...?

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    I'm not addicted to my iphone... I don't use it to access FB or any social media forum...

    I use it to make calls...whatsapp & text occasionally, look at the weather.. ( ihave loads of apps on there my o/h put on but I don't use them) I do use the camera on it LOADS... ... I don't carry my phone around with me if I'm at home..it stays sitting on the side, and I answer it when a text or calls come in just as I would the landline.

    My o/h has an iphone 10.. it has loads of bells and whistles compared to my lowly iphone 5s.. ( can't believe the iphone5s is so out of date now, I've only had it 5 minutes)... and he gets calls all day and even into the night ..but even he isn't addicted to his phone..and certainly no social media..., and lets people wait for a reply from him rather than carrying the thing around with him whn's he's home ( different when he's at work)

    he'll often use it as GPS tho'...and plays music on his a lot!!

    However we have all the techi toys we need . WE have separate GPS, WE have laptops, desktops. Ipads, Google Home, Amazon Echo.. really we don't need to be constantly on our phones..


    @Tim Burr , I hope your tests return a no show for dementia...and you're right you must do what you feel is right for you..
     
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    When I realised that I couldn't export photos from my (dated) touchscreen cell phone any more because they had ceased to update the app, it was about time to get a real smart phone. I also wanted to use Whatsapp and internet access via WiFi without any extra costs and I wanted to have a better camera, a longer battery life, too. Above all, I needed a photoTAN app compatible with a recent smart phone for online banking.
    Those were the most important reasons why I decided to buy a smart phone about three years ago. For me, it was a quantum leap forward. I didn't need to have an iPhone (closed system) or any other prestigious model, though. So I went for a rather large, reasonably priced 5.5" Huawei Honor 6 and I'm very satisfied with it. I use it mainly for banking, taking photos and texting via Whatsapp. I'm in no way addicted to it. Electrosmog (SAR value) is an issue for me. I deleted almost all apps that can be deleted. So it's all neatly arranged now and very user-friendly. Just what I need.
    Young people aren't different over here. When they hang out together all eyes are riveted on their smart phones which are everything to them and there seems to be no escape. We'll just have to wait and see what the long-term effects will be.
     
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