Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Connected Phones - Disconnected People

There are plenty of news stories and medical research about the dangers of using smartphones: cell phone addiction, distracted driving, text-walking, shortened attention span, isolation from family and friends, physical name a few. Cell phones can be used without regard to safety...our own and others

Just a few personal observations

⦿ I recall waiting for the elevator door to open to get to the second floor. The door opens, and a woman looking down at her smartphone barrels out the door, almost knocking me over.

⦿ One of the saddest things I see...and see it often, people in a restaurant or similar place sitting there playing with their phones, instead of engaging with one another. Social media too often seems to take precedence over human interaction.

⦿ Sitting on the Sidelines
Fun but dangerous without proper adult supervision
Several years ago, my daughter and I took my grandchildren to a fun place filled with inflatables. There is always some danger for children when participating in a romping-fun activity, but they are exposed to more danger when parents fail to keep an eye on them.
Parents glued to their phones as their children play.
Faces blurred out to protect the "innocent."
There were children of all ages and sizes barreling down the high-walled inflatable slides. You couldn't even see small children unless you stood nearby. My daughter and I watched the children as other parents sat on the sidelines glued to their smartphones. The gal in charge of overseeing the playtime was looking at her computer the whole time so she could work on her college assignment.

Girl hired to watch the children working on computer

⦿ Texting and other distracted driving statistics don't lie

I think one of the biggest threats are stupid, yes stupid, thoughtless, careless people who use mobile phones while driving!

"Using a mobile phone while driving can increase the risk of being involved in a crash by up to four times. This goes for both hand-held and hands-free phones, because it is the cognitive distraction that is an issue. WHO (World Health Organization) reports that texting has an even more severe impact on crash risk.
More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving."

Source: Auto Safety website.

Note: more teens are maimed or killed because of texting and driving than drinking and driving.

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