Walk into any situation where people would, in pre-smartphone days, be paying attention to (and even talking to) other people present, and you find half of them have their noses stuck in their smartphones, unaware of what is happening around them. The ability of humans all around the world to communicate face-to-face with each other meaningfully is gradually disappearing.
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- Zero Hedge: Smartphone Addiction Tightens Its Global Grip
- Paul Lewis: 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopiaThere is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called "continuous partial attention", severely limiting people's ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity — even when the device is turned off. "Everyone is distracted," Rosenstein says. "All of the time."
- John Bell & John Zada: The Great Attention HeistThe consequences of this vast gambit for our attention is that we have been drawn into a kind of mental slavery. Masters of profits and propaganda are farming our minds, doing cumulative damage that may go to the very core of our humanity. As a result, our attention is becoming locked into a low level of living and functioning.
- Sophie McAdam: Edward Snowdens New Revelations Are Truly ChillingHe disclosed that [via the UK intelligence agency GCHQ] government spies can legally hack into any citizen’s phone to listen in to what’s happening in the room, view files, messages and photos, pinpoint exactly where a person is (to a much more sophisticated level than a normal GPS system), and monitor a person’s every move and every conversation, even when the phone is turned off.
- Jean M. Twenge: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.
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