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Smartphone Stupid

Posted July 08, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Are you in love with your smartphone? When it isn’t with you, do you miss it? When you have a question, do you feel the overwhelming desire to consult it? Are you mute in its presence? Does the mere sight of it leave you dumbstruck?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, good news! You are most definitely in a relationship with your smartphone.

The bad news, according to a recent study, however, is that the relationship isn’t a good one: In fact, this particular relationship is making you…well…dumb. (Unless of course you were already stupid. In that case, carry on.)

Research from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, concluded that a person’s cognitive capacity (ability to hold and process information) is limited in the presence of smartphones.

The researchers came to this conclusion by testing three different groups of participants: people with their smartphones visible on their desks, people with their smartphones stored in their pockets or bags, and those whose smartphones were stored in an entirely different room.

Those participants that had their smartphones stored in another room performed significantly better on the tests than those who had their phones facedown, but visible, on their desks. Also, those that took the test while the smartphones were stored in their pockets or purses, only slightly underperformed those with their phones stored in another room.

The takeaway, according to researchers, is simple. The mere presence of the phone (on or off, facedown or right side up) is a distraction and it isn’t the familiar ping of an incoming message or text that is responsible for the distraction. Just the site of the phone alone is the actual distraction.

Are you distracted by your smartphone?

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07/08/2017 6:24 AM

Are you arguing with Siri again?

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07/08/2017 6:54 AM

One day soon our phones will be able to tell us who is around us, and all about them....I might forget names, but my phone will remember....

http://www.legaltechnews.com/id=1202792497544/Betting-on-Facial-Recognition-Breakthrough-Advanced-Discovery-Patents-AI-Software?slreturn=20170608064310

https://iprotech.com/software/eclipse/

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07/08/2017 5:16 PM

".... this particular relationship is making you…well…dumb. (Unless of course you were already stupid."

What's really stupid is the money spent on these types of researches. This one really got my Goat! Do you really need your smartphone to tell you to "get off your lazy ass" and get outdoors and exercise?

According to my smartphone, I have a fine case of Melanoma growing from working fishing outdoors this spring.

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07/14/2017 5:53 AM

I have a fine case of Melanoma growing from working fishing outdoors this spring.

Not to worry, i am sure an app is coming soon to warn you.

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07/14/2017 7:02 AM

Yes they do,.... it called Photo Shop.... and can also show the 26 pounds and 7 ounces Largemouth Bass you caught and released you working for the 'man'.

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07/15/2017 9:09 PM

... and can also show the 26 pounds and 7 ounces Largemouth Bass you caught and released? You shoulda of seen the one that got away! That Sucker had to have been 30 pounds plus on 8-pound test!

Do you know how to tell when a fisherman lying?

When he opens his mouth!

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07/08/2017 7:42 PM

Hey, it's a useful tool, a small handheld computer with a high res screen, a nice assortment of sensors, a lot of free software and a connection to a huge library of knowledge.

Quit trying to make me feel guilty for using it!

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07/08/2017 9:05 PM

Just the site sight of the phone alone is the actual distraction.

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07/08/2017 11:52 PM

As Google etc. are starting to get getting really nosy / borderline creepy, I just take the battery out of my phone, unless I really need to use it. Which is like once, every other day.

So, no. I can't say I'm addicted to my smart phone.

The tiny 5" screen and the shitty touch-screen typing will never replace a 30" monitor and a high-DPI low-latency mouse + keyboard.

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07/09/2017 9:45 AM

Wait till The Government Of The United Nations Of Google, Apple And Samsung make it compulsory for everyone to have their phone on at all times and compulsory that you carry it everywhere.

Random stop and search by the Phone Police will ensure their diktats are obeyed.

First time recalcitrants will receive a near-death electric pulse via their phone. Second time recalcitrants will be vaporized by a drone strike while in maximum public view in order to explain the perils of disobedience to the masses.

Following that the Central Intelligence Agency Of Tesla, Ford, GM, Mercedes and VW will make it compuslory for you to only travel by one of their cute little autonomous vehicles that are all windowless and featureless lest you enjoy yourselves while you're being carted to your compulsory labor site.

When your usefulness is over your vehicle will deliver you to a roadside barbecue pit where the floor will slide open and you'll drop amongst the rest of the smoking carcasses being roasted for the delectation of your masters.

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07/09/2017 11:52 AM

..it would be right around then that the thinking masses will welcome a big Yellowstone event or other cataclysmic downfall/reset.

I was just having a conversation with a 5th grader.. it seems that living in the matrix would be preferable to many of them.

Friends can't be had and people are invisible without Snapchat and social media is the general consensus.

This 5th grader is lucky enough to not have a smartphone..

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07/09/2017 2:26 PM

A TELEPHONE has a rotary-dial and handset...those THINGS are 'commercialized' STAR TREK™ communicators.

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07/09/2017 6:11 PM

I asked Siri what she thought about this, she said not to worry about it and invited me out to dinner.

Come to think of it that's fact that's the same thing she did when I asked her what all these donations from my account to something called "Cyberdyn Systems" were.

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07/10/2017 5:28 AM

Bring back the dumbphone! All is forgiven!

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07/10/2017 8:37 AM

Not so much my smart phone, but my iPad especially when loaded with its sexy apps.,... you see, it replaced my calculator I had for 25 wonderful years when it died and went to math heaven.

After she died, I dated a few,... by I recently purchasing a TI-89 Titanium... we just never clicked.... we both knew it,... then I won a iPad at the company Christmas party. and I sent TI-89 packing.

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07/10/2017 1:13 PM

Ah, was it possibly the "Reverse-Polish" or "anti-algebraic" entry (no dirty minds) that kept you and your TI-89 from consummating your math marriage?

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07/10/2017 1:31 PM

No,... poor eye-sight ... the numbers were so small I could read them as well as the contrast sucked.

So I could never really 'connect' with it.

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