University students ditch their smartphones for a week

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Source. This was part of a school course designed to break people of their smartphone addictions.
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Seven days later, “who’s excited they’re getting their phones back today?” Professor Donna Freitas asked.

Gone were the nerves and the shakes.

“Everything is perfect right now. I’m having a lot better relationships… it’s a stress free environment no pressure about social media,” Jacob Dannenberg said.

“I think it’s really refreshing and relaxing… I was able to fall asleep a lot easier,” student Adrianna Cigliano.

They managed to find their way, even without GPS for a week.

“I just had to take the same route everywhere,” one student joked.

They were also more productive.

“Doing homework was 100 percent easier. I got it done faster, I was in the zone,” Cigliano said.

Prof. Freitas says it’s important for everyone to assess their addiction.

“Are the conveniences worth it because the drawback are pretty significant,” Freitas said.

“The fact that no one can focus, that my students can’t sleep… They feel bad about themselves because of social media, the list goes on and on.”

The sweet reunions went sour quickly as endless notifications piled up.

“Oh my God this is so bad!… I just want to shut it off now!” the Adelphi class said.

Students say they’re not quite breaking up with their phones, but promise the relationship will change.

“I want to keep that balance and figure out the healthy relationship that we deserve to have with our phones,” Cigliano added.

“My screen time is definitely going to go down and I’m going start to appreciate my surroundings more because usually I’m looking at my screen all the time,” Ashley Castillero said.

Students told CBS2 they look forward to living more in the moment, with their heads up more often, notifications off, and the “do not disturb” on.

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The same stupid blatherskite with every technological advance:
Radios were going to ruin a generation, no wait, telephones will, no wait, TV will, or portable music players.
I bet if you looked hard enough you would find dire predictions of distracted and disconnected youths because of the advent of cheap, pocket friendly paperback books.
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Pariah posted:
The same stupid blatherskite with every technological advance:
Radios were going to ruin a generation, no wait, telephones will, no wait, TV will, or portable music players.
I bet if you looked hard enough you would find dire predictions of distracted and disconnected youths because of the advent of cheap, pocket friendly paperback books.


Or even just "literacy."

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1636/163 ... #2H_4_0002

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SOCRATES: At the Egyptian city of Naucratis, there was a famous old god, whose name was Theuth; the bird which is called the Ibis is sacred to him, and he was the inventor of many arts, such as arithmetic and calculation and geometry and astronomy and draughts and dice, but his great discovery was the use of letters. Now in those days the god Thamus was the king of the whole country of Egypt; and he dwelt in that great city of Upper Egypt which the Hellenes call Egyptian Thebes, and the god himself is called by them Ammon. To him came Theuth and showed his inventions, desiring that the other Egyptians might be allowed to have the benefit of them; he enumerated them, and Thamus enquired about their several uses, and praised some of them and censured others, as he approved or disapproved of them. It would take a long time to repeat all that Thamus said to Theuth in praise or blame of the various arts. But when they came to letters, This, said Theuth, will make the Egyptians wiser and give them better memories; it is a specific both for the memory and for the wit. Thamus replied: O most ingenious Theuth, the parent or inventor of an art is not always the best judge of the utility or inutility of his own inventions to the users of them. And in this instance, you who are the father of letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute to them a quality which they cannot have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.

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The problem is that these arguments, and in particular the example you quoted, aren't necessarily wrong. There is a huge gulf between "book knowledge" and "actual knowledge". On the flip side, however, you often need book knowledge to bootstrap real knowledge, so in that case, Ammon was both right and wrong at the same time.
Let's not assume technologically changed generations aren't damaged.

We human waste where we eat and we're burning our house down around us all while we claim to know better. Technology is accelerating the very damage that we think it is supposed to solve.

I would say insanity is an indicator of damage.
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The same stupid blatherskite with every technological advance:
Radios were going to ruin a generation, no wait, telephones will, no wait, TV will, or portable music players.
I bet if you looked hard enough you would find dire predictions of distracted and disconnected youths because of the advent of cheap, pocket friendly paperback books.

Um, you did read some of the students' reactions AFTER that week was over, yes?
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DEyncourt posted:
Pariah posted:
The same stupid blatherskite with every technological advance:
Radios were going to ruin a generation, no wait, telephones will, no wait, TV will, or portable music players.
I bet if you looked hard enough you would find dire predictions of distracted and disconnected youths because of the advent of cheap, pocket friendly paperback books.

Um, you did read some of the students' reactions AFTER that week was over, yes?

Students know they are expected to come up with some sort of revelation so they manufacture one.
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