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Technology Addiction - Cellphone Addiction - Internet Addiction

Learning to Balance the Digital World with the Physical World. You can easily spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, so how do you know when you're over doing it? Why can' t this machine remind me that I have spent too much time working and that I should take a break and get some air, or get some exercise, or just do something totally different?

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Screen Time Technology is the practical application of science and applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.

There's nothing wrong with technology, it's how you use technology, just like everything else in the world, it's how you use it. There's good ways and bad ways, and there's right ways and wrong ways.
Electromagnetic Radiation.

People use communication technology for all kinds of reasons. People want friendship, people want to feel connected, people need to be connected, people also want convenience, people want to look like they're doing something important even when they're not, people want validation, people want to be reassured or reinforced so that they feel better about themselves and also get some kind of indication about what they're doing and what they're saying actually means something, people want to feel like they're living, and sometimes people just need a distraction, something to break up the day, something to remind them that there is always something to do and always something to think about. The problem is, most people never learn enough about themselves or the world around them in order to use technology in a way that is more beneficial and more rewarding. And if the technology impedes your learning and slows down your progress and development, then technology will do more harm than good, like it is now for millions of people. Too much lost potential.

Addicted to Technology?  Or is it just an Addictive Personality? Or is it just an Undereducated Mind?

People Ignoring Eachother Internet Addiction refers to excessive Internet use that interferes with daily life, especially when the internet is used for non-learning purposes and irrelevant actions that reduces learning potential and the ability to progress and to mature. Popularity.

Distractions (wasting time)

Intermittent reinforcement is given only part of the time when a subject gives the desired response. It is often used instead of continuous reinforcement once the desired response is conditioned by continuous reinforcement and the reinforcer wants to reduce or eliminate the number of reinforcements necessary to encourage the intended response. The most effective training regime is one where you give the animal a reward only sometimes, and then only at random intervals, like a slot machine in a gambling casino, creating a compulsion loop providing players with a never-ending sequence of new content and goals. Variable ratio reinforcement is where players receive rewards on a random schedule, and avoidance is where players are punished for not playing enough. Checking email is a behavior that has variable interval reinforcement. Sometimes, but not every time, the behavior produces a reward. Occasionally checking your email will get you one of these rewards. And because you can never tell which time you check will produce the reward, checking all the time is reinforced, even if most of the time checking your email turns out to have been pointless. You still check because you never know when the reward will come. Many people refer to their Blackberry as a Crackberry, and with good reason. It is obvious that many people are addicted to their Smartphone or electronic devices that keep them in touch with their friends, work, and family. Many people often check their phone the first thing in the morning and don’t put it down until they go to bed. Don't sleep with your cellphone - Time Management.

Click Bait should only happen when you are actually seeking something valuable, like valuable information that the brain can use, which would make this type of fishing to be called research. The lure is your curiosity, and the benefit of the catch is progress.

Technology is just like your brain, it's how you use your brain that makes all the difference. It's how you use the words in your vocabulary. It's how you interpret those words in your vocabulary, it's how well you maintain your vocabulary. And it's how well you expand, update and add to your vocabulary so that you continually progress and prosper. So you may have to use other technology tools in order to accomplish this task of expanding your vocabulary, and expanding your understanding of yourself and the world around you. Today there is an enormous amount of valuable knowledge and information in the world, and you will need technology to access this knowledge and to utilize it. So it's not about whether you need technology or not, it's about what you need to learn, and what tools are needed to help you learn?

Brain Hacking Brain Hacking is just another word for being influenced by propaganda type information that does more harm than good by causing irrelevant behaviors and creating Distractions.

Internet Addiction
Net Addiction Recovery
Addiction (WebMD)
Addictions (habits)
Porn (sex)
Social Network Addiction
TV Bad Side Effects on Children
Internet Safety
Bullying - Suicide

Technology Dependence
Blue Hackers

Video Game Addiction is an excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person's everyday life. Video game addiction may present itself as compulsive gaming, social isolation, mood swings, diminished imagination, and hyper-focus on in-game achievements, to the exclusion of other events in life. Try not to become a Ghost in the Shell with a Stand Alone Complex.

On-Line Gamers Anonymous
Competitive Gaming League of Legends and e-Sports (youtube)
Geeks and Depression Panel (youtube)
Game Addiction Law South Korea

Video Gaming Films (brain washers) - Learning Games.

Violent Video Games can cause Child Aggression, but so do a lot of things. People were aggressive way before video games. Millions of people are aggressive without ever playing video games. And millions who have played violent video games, did not become more aggressive. So what is the major cause of aggression? Ignorance is the major cause of aggression.

Children's Violent Video Game Play associated with increased Physical Aggressive Behavior. (if violent games don't influence violent or ignorant behavior, then what does violent games influence? What is the purpose of playing violent games?)

Life in a Networked Society (youtube) 

Children’s Digital Media Center

Nature Deficit Disorder means that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.

Human Computer Interaction (interfaces)

Technophobia - Technological Unemployment

Time Management - Depression - Disinhibition - Public Exposer

Controlling children's behavior with screen time leads to more screen time, study reveals. But it all depends on what the screen time is used for, educating yourself or just wasting time. Is it Time well spent?

Cellphone Addiction. Approximately 60 percent of college students admit they may be addicted to their cell phone. Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight. And sadly this cell phone use is not all related to learning. Three Ways Smartphones Are Designed To Keep You Hooked, Notifications,
Bright Colors and Visual Cues. Humane Tech.

Phantom Vibration Syndrome is the perception that one's mobile phone is vibrating or ringing when it is not ringing. Humans are particularly sensitive to auditory tones between 1,000 and 6,000 hertz, and basic mobile phone ringers often fall within this range. Phantom vibrations develop after carrying a cell phone set to use vibrating alerts. False Alarms.
Not to be confused with Internal vibrations are like tremors that happen inside your body. You can't see internal vibrations, but you can feel them. They produce a quivering sensation inside your arms, legs, chest, or abdomen. It's not clear what causes Buzzing sensations. These buzzing sensations are usually physical, not auditory, although some people do hear the buzzing sounds. They're a strange symptom without a clear cause that can create significant distress in those that experience it.

I have a Pay as you Go Smartphone with No Data Plan (no texting no e-mail). This is because I spend most of my time working in front a full size computer. So when I go out I get a break from my PC. This way I'm not always checking my phone or being distracted. If something is important, then some one will call me. I will check my e-mails when I get back to my full size PC.

Away From the Smartphone - AFS
Away From the Keyboard - AFK
In Real Life - IRL

Real Life distinguishes between actual and fictional or idealized worlds, and in acting to distinguish between performers and the characters they portray. More recently it has become a popular term on the Internet to describe events, people, activities and interactions occurring offline, or otherwise, not primarily through the medium of the internet.

I'm Alive

Digital Culture is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization. The onset of the Information Age is associated with the Digital Revolution, just as the Industrial Revolution marked the onset of the Industrial Age. The definition of what digital means (or what information means) continues to change over time as new technologies, user devices, methods of interaction with other humans and devices enter the domain of research, development and market launch.

Digital Detox
Digital Detox
Camp Grounded
Get Away House
Tech-Free Vacation
National Day of Unplugging
Tame Your Digital Diet (youtube)

Commonsense Media
Media Literacy

Even the smallest addictions can do more harm then good. The good news is, there are good addictions and not just bad addictions. You have to choose wisely. A good routine should always have a systems check that includes being aware of any new behaviors, habits that will eventually do more harm then good. Do you want to feel good? Then you must include one extremely important step in your routine, that step is called learning. Because there's nothing more exhilarating then learning something new for the very first time, especially something that you never knew before, knowledge that makes you realize that there are more beneficial alternatives to the ones you are currently choosing. And not just choices in the physical world, but the numerous choices that we all have in the thinking world. Everything happens in the mind. The physical world has no meaning without the mind. Learning is powerful, but only when you consume the highest quality knowledge that is available. If you feed the body junk food, then the body begins to fail and becomes diseased. Same with the mind, if you feed the mind junk knowledge and junk information, then the mind also begins to fail and becomes diseased. And like some diseases, they happen gradually over time, almost unnoticeable. And then one day, your life begins to suffer. All from the accumulation of bad choices. Now what? You will now do what you should have done in the beginning, which is to make better choices, and not just physical choices, but mental choices as well. The body needs exercise, the Mind needs exercise too.

FOMO - Fear of Missing Out is "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent". This social angst is characterized by "a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing". FoMO is also defined as a Fear of Regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying events. In other words, FoMo perpetuates the fear of having made the wrong decision on how to spend time, as "you can imagine how things could be different". What about The Fear of Not Missing Out? What would have happened if you did something different? Or what about the fear of not doing something interesting, something that you can brag about or feel good about doing? Are you Insecure? You can't do everything. And what if you did miss out on something and then something bad happened. Would you have Survival Guilt?

No Regrets, there are millions of different things that happen every single day, with or without you. Make the best of every situation where ever you are. Worrying about the things that you're not doing will ruin the time that you spend in the present moment. The place and time that you're living in now is the most important.

I experienced FOMO when I was younger, and it was really ignorant of me because it had nothing to do with reality. But as I learned more about human behavior and all the other knowledge that I have collected, all that crappy guilt and anxiety disappeared. You need to Balance friendships and life. You have to know the difference between looking for attention and just looking for an interruption or a distraction. It's not all or nothing. You have to master technology and life. Learn to use technology more effectively and efficiently. If you can't do one thing, then do something else. That is why you should always have Goals, because there is always something to do at some step or at some level of development. Don't limit your creativity, use it. And don't expect miracles and don't be surprised when they happen. I needed my commitment and devotion to the BK101 project in order to assure its progress and development. Of course I had to make many sacrifices because you can't do everything or have a so called normal life. You have to have Balance and every once in a while you have to mix things up and modify things, if not, you could burnout very quickly.

Nomophobia is an irrational fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

White Spots App visualizes the invisible electromagnetic cloud and shows the invisible digital network signals all around you. A network scanner world map of cell phone reception and Wi-Fi connections. A GPS based route planner to help you travel to places that are off the grid near you. To be connected or not to be connected, that is the question, which mostly depends on your needs at that moment in time.

Phubbing is the habit of snubbing someone in favour of a mobile phone.

Documentary: Offline is the new luxury (VPRO backlight) (youtube)

More than 75 percent of undergrads reported texting while in class, and in-class texting was linked to an average drop of half a letter grade in the course. Most college students are heavy smartphone users who get anxious and stressed within 10 or 15 minutes if they can't check their phones. Turn your phones off at the beginning of each class. Learn to Unplug, learn to Focus. Learning how to use technology effectively as a tool is important. But more important is being able to do the same task if you had no tools at all. You don't want to depend on certain tools always being there. You must have the skills and the knowledge to survive without technology. Being Vulnerable by Choice is Risky and illogical. 

Technology is Just a Tool

Social Media might promote narcissism, smartphones could cause insomnia, and screens seem to be making our kids less empathetic. We’re over-stimulating ourselves with useless information and mind numbing activities.

"I know that it is absolutely necessary to unplug from technology every now and then, and experience freedom and the outdoors. But I can't imagine a life that was always unplugged, meaning, a life that was not able to educate itself and learn about the human experience and learn about the world around us. If we stop feeding on knowledge and information, we become disconnected."

Men, Women and Children (film) (wiki)

Men, Women & Children Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner Movie HD (youtube)
At first I didn't like the film because it puts the blame on technology. But if you stop blaming our problems on technology, what you are left with is a great conversation about our problems, problems that we have had for a very long time, way before all these new technologies came along. I wish there were more movies like this, but our ignorant society puts a price tag on everything, so if a movie doesn't make money, then very few people see the movie, how freaking stupid and sad is that? Knowledge and information needs to be judged by its value, and not by some arbitrary price. We have a dysfunctional society that creates dysfunctional families. Yes there are problems with the internet, but we also have problems with TV, Radio, News Papers, Magazines, and our Schools. Our Schools are incredibly inadequate. Students are not learning enough. So technology is not the problem, the problem is our inadequate education that fuels our lack of understanding. So we blame our problems on everything else, except for the fact that we're ignorant and naive. This is a great film, but only if you understand the film correctly. Internet addiction is just another addiction. An addiction fueled by our inadequate education, and our inadequate public awareness that is fueled by our dysfunctional media outlets. When we improve education, and improve public awareness, then all these problems will go away. The internet makes our obsessions more accessible, but the internet also makes knowledge more accessible, so it's how you use the tool, not the tool itself. If you don't use technology effectively, then misuse could cause you to become defectively worse. And the same thing goes for almost anything in our world. A knife could help you prepare food, but a knife could also be used to murder a human. The world is now full of distractions. 424,000 car accidents were a direct result of distractions while driving. Smartphones, dashboard navigation systems, all rank high in top distractions. Distractions come from lack of knowledge. Like addiction. When you lack the discipline to control your focus, then you will always be vulnerable to distractions. And when you lack the knowledge, skills and experience that helps create Focus, discipline and control, then that will also make you more vulnerable to distractions. 99% of our problems happen because things are misused, usually by people who haven't learned how to use something effectively and efficiently. We have a lot to learn. And if we learn the right things at the right time, then technology will save us, but if we don't learn the right things at the right time, then technology will destroy us.

Physical Injuries from Abusing Technology

Text Neck Musculoskeletal symptoms among mobile hand-held device users and their relationship to device use: A preliminary study in a Canadian university population.

Text-Neck describes the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.

Spinal Injury (posture) - Pain

Upright, an adult’s head puts about a dozen pounds of force on the spine, according to a 2014 paper. But tilted 15 degrees, as if over a phone, the force surges to 27 pounds, and to 60 pounds at 60 degrees. (That’s the weight of four Thanksgiving turkeys). NYC people staring down at their smartphones.

Injuries from Technology

It’s harmful when you’re younger, because the bones are still malleable and pliable and they may be deformed permanently. Older people can suffer too because their spines are prone to narrowing, making them susceptible to injury.
Dr. Kenneth Hansraj - Usability

A 2011 study of nearly 140 mobile device users linked internet time to right thumb pain, as well as overall screen time to right shoulder and neck discomfort. Another found that smartphone overuse enlarges the nerve involved in carpal tunnel, causes thumb pain, and hinders the hand’s ability to do things like pinch. Dopa Solution Repetitive Strain Injury

Sitting too Long can cause serious Physical Problems - Standing Desks

Mobile-Phone Distraction Deaths

100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America. 37,166 fata car crashes in 2015. Driver error was a factor in 18,538 fatal crashes 57.6%. Distracted Driving


How to Decrease Eye Fatigue while watching TV or a Computer by using Bias Lighting
(Behind my Monitor is a Window)

The screen resolution or pixel density needed depends how far your eyes are from the screen. The farther away from the screen you get the lower the pixel density needed. If the screen is too bright it will increase eye strain. If the screen is not bright enough or to dark then the screen will be more reflective and also cause eye strain. Controlling the light in the room is key and changing the distance that you sit or stand from the screen can also help.

Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer or other display device for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, redness in the eyes, fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, vertigo/dizziness, polyopia, and difficulty refocusing the eyes. These symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions (i.e. glare or bright overhead lighting) or air moving past the eyes (e.g. overhead vents, direct air from a fan).

Smartphone users experience temporary blindness after checking their screens in bed

Transient Smartphone Blindness - vision loss for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Differential bleaching of photopigment tricks the phone eye into thinking it’s actually gone blind.

This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your smartphone before bed (youtube)

Bright Light Alters Metabolism

Protecting your Vision

Blue Light Effects on Sleeping

Effects of Blue Lights Technology. Blue light is defined as having a wavelength between 450−495 nm. This short wavelength means that blue light is a type of high-energy visible light, defined as having a wavelength between 380 and 500 nm. Violet, indigo, and some blue-green light are other types of high-energy visible light. Blue light sources are becoming increasingly common in today’s environment. Exposure to blue light comes from a variety of technologies including computers, smartphones, televisions, lights. Much of the exposure arises from light emitting diodes (LEDs). Today, many white LEDs are produced by pairing a blue LED with a lower-energy phosphor, thereby creating solid-state light (SSL). This is often considered “the next generation of illumination” as SSL technology dramatically reduces energy resource requirements. Increasingly, people are exposed to blue light via everyday technology. The 2015 Pew Research Center study found that 68% of U.S. adults own a smartphone and 45% own a tablet computer. The study also found that levels of technology ownership vary by age; 86% of Americans 18-29 and 83% of those 30-49 own smartphone. Younger Americans also use high rates of blue light technologies. The survey of Common Sense Media in 2013 also demonstrated that 72% of children age 0–8 years old used mobile devices for watching videos, using applications or playing games. Moreover, 93% of teens owned a computer or had access to one at home. In contrast, smartphone ownership and computer rates are lower for older Americans. Blue light exposure has been shown to impact health. Natural exposure to blue light during the daylight hours boosts people's energy, alertness and mood. However, elongated exposure to the waves transmitted through screen devices during the evening can disrupt circadian rhythm and cause various health effects including a disruption in normal sleep schedules. Scientists believe this is caused by blue-light-sensitive intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells suppressing the production of melatonin and/or stimulating the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus.

Orange or Yellow Tinted Lens Glasses can help block blue light. Carbon Shade red lenses can block over 99.8% of the blue light range.

Blue Light Spectrum

Dark Therapy also called scototherapy, light restriction and darkness therapy, is a treatment which involves eliminating all light, or all blue light, in a subject's environment, for a period of several hours prior to bedtime. Dark therapy manipulates the circadian rhythms acting on hormones and neurotransmitters. It has been proposed recently (2005) to combine the chronobiological manipulations of light/dark and/or sleep/wake therapies with psychopharmacological medication for depression as well as for circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Light Therapy.

Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells are a type of neuron in the retina of the mammalian eye. The presence of
ipRGCs were first noted in 1923 when rodless, coneless mice still responded to a light stimulus through pupil constriction, suggesting that rods and cones are not the only light sensitive neurons in the retina.

Melanopsin is a type of photopigment belonging to a larger family of light-sensitive retinal proteins called opsins and encoded by the gene Opn4. In the mammalian retina, there are two additional opsins, both involved in the formation of visual images: rhodopsin and photopsin (types I, II, and III) in the rod and cone photoreceptor cells, respectively.

Arrestin are a small family of proteins important for regulating signal transduction at G protein-coupled receptors. Arrestins were first discovered as a part of a conserved two-step mechanism for regulating the activity of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in the visual rhodopsin system.

Seeing Problems (sight)

Eye Knowledge (eyes)

The Thinker Man