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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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Technology: The practical application of science and applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.
Screen Time
The conversations about technology always seem to be extremely narrow with too many assumptions being made. 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, 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. In 2016, 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?

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

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.

TV bad side effects on Children
Internet Safety

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

Away From the Smartphone - AFS

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" No Regrets

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 interruptions. You have to master technology, it's not all or nothing, it's just using technology more effectively and efficiently.

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. 


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

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) 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
Seeing Problems
Eye Knowledge

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