My daughter insisted I get a smartphone for the GPS, since I am directionally-impaired. The GPS is the only reason I like it.
So, I usually leave my smartphone behind. The stupid thing beeps and farts at me constantly.
I believe it is rude to look at your smartphone when talking with people. A bad-mannered dismissal, it sends a clear message: "You are not important."
When I see a babies and toddlers staring at screens, while their parents are fixated on their smartphones, I want to say:
"Talk and play with your children! Look around. The world is beautiful and amazing. Your kids need active outdoor play, reading and learn social skills. They need you to play with them, listen and talk with you."
I remember seeing a news story of Michelle Obama, at the time First Lady, speaking at a college commencement. The camera panned to the college graduates, who of course, had their heads down in their phones during her speech.
Being an educator, I can see first hand the distraction technology causes. I've noticed a gradual but pronounced decline in listening skills.
My late partner died from Anaplastic Astrocytoma [en.wikipedia.org]
It is a brain tumor that formed on the left side of her brain. At first she slowly lost the ability to speak and then read (which was and was not totally true). She lasted all of 1 1/2 months but it was an easy death (for her) and she immediately signed up for the Death with Dignity program (which is why I am so involved with this). She was a super extrovert and was constantly on the phone. She would go to Seattle for work but within 15 minutes of returning to Lopez the phone would start. She was concerned about electromagnetic radiation and used skype and face time and the phone system in the car. Unfortunately, she was extremely sensitive to smells, sounds and often had headaches. VictoriaNotes has become an expert on this and she can tell you the danger of these devices and other things like CFL's and other electronic/electric devices in the home. To be aware one should buy an electromagnetic radiation meter which will wake you up to this modern danger. Of course kids are in much more danger than adults.
Same here. I resisted getting a mobile phone for years because I thought they were rude. Then I got a burner phone for my mother and I because we kept getting separated at the store and it helped me find her. The landlines became more expensive than wireless plans, so I eliminated the landline and just used my cel. I also got my first smart phone for the GPS, but I find many features are very useful in emergencies and everyday use. But I find I often walk out of the house without it, and miss lots of calls and messages because I just had not thought about checking it. When I don't answer, my adult children assume I am ignoring, avoiding, or fallen and can't get up.
I still have a difficult time believing cell phones caught on. Who wants to be called when they're out in the world, living their life? Remember when only doctors...and maybe lawyers...had pagers? Who envied THAT? Now people can reach you anywhere, anytime--in the store, in a restaurant, in the doctor's office, in the bathroom. And somehow these technology companies have become addiction pushers of this technology so people think it's a GOOD thing to dump piles of cash into this waste of time. In full disclosure I do have a trac phone...and probably spend too much time on the internet. But I'm still resisting a smart phone. Too expensive, and I still can't imagine why I would need one, much less want one.
I traded in my old flip phone for a smart phone over a year ago and kinda wish I hadn't. I used to make fun of the "Head Downers"....now I am resisting becoming one. The navigation feature is very nice though. Saves a lot of gasoline, time, frustration and cursing.
Almost hit 3 teens in the wal mart parking lot yesterday,they came out of a vehicle,headed for the store,and immediately face down in the cell phone screens as the walked along,I stopped and waited,no injuries but funny looks when they bumped my running car. Was gonna hit the horn, but they'd probably drop their phones and blame me.....
I can't reply with my phone because it sits uncharged at the bottom of my purse...but, yeah, I agree, but I also think there are a lot of pluses...we just haven't had enough time to set any rules for safe and polite reasons.
I remember when the fax came out...everybody was faxing everyone...then emails...we all sent emails...time will balance things out.
I was reluctant for the longest time to stick my cellphone in my pack when I went mountainbiking, but when I found myself doing longer rides by myself, I began carrying it as a safety measure. After awhile I discovered apps, so I added a compass app and an altimeter and had some fun with those. Also, I like to sometimes take pics of where I'm riding.
But, I do understand the aversion; it can seem like an intrusion on one's solitude and nature time to haul those things along.
Completely agree with how rude and bad mannered it is to look at your phone when in the company of others. There is no excuse for it. I do find it acceptable, however, if I’m with someone who advises they may need to check incoming texts or calls while we’re together for some valid reason — the kid is home with a baby sitter, a parent is ill, etc.
"The more tethered we are to our phones, studies show, the harder it is to think deeply, attentively and conceptually..."
That, to me, is the embodiment of the danger of being fixated on smartphones and social media. It causes procrastination, which I suffered for a year, and severe dysfunctionality. There is no shittier feeling, believe me!
It sounds like you're not letting your smart phone affect your brain or life. I think it is up to us as individuals and as parents to decide (use our minds) how much we let technology affect our lives. I love my smart phone. Like, you, I think the GPS is one of the best aspects of it, but it also replaces a calendar, a thermometer, a watch, a telephone, a calculator (both business and scientific), a map book, a trip to the bank, a notebook, an alarm clock, a camera, a dictionary, a radio, and more. Additionally, it allows me the freedom to do business anywhere and be connected to friends and family anywhere. I think it is amazing. And, like others mentioned, you can turn off all notifications if you don't want to be disturbed. I set my phone to "not bother me" mode from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. as a rule.
Boy, I'd really have to get Alexa configured properly beforehand! Not to mention getting a really small WiFi tablet for notes.
Realistically, most of the people I know aren't local, so how would I talk to them? Skype? I haven't had a land line in decades.