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Protect your kids!......this is the revelation that keeps surfacing in the past year regarding social media and technology such as FB, Instagram, Snapchat and GOOG.

The negative impact on this technology is now being studied with much more fervor and the results should alarm anyone with kids growing up in the age of the tech revolution with smartphones and social media.

It is not about is something far more sinister though perhaps subtle.....certainly far more dangerous:

For example, did you know that:

1) Kids grades directly correlate with the distance their phone is from them while studying whether or not it is turned on?

2) Repeated us of cellphone correlates with a full lower grade point in school.....B student would have been a A student.

3) The division of attention impedes reason and performance

4) Social skills are markedly diminished

Now what if we knew that this was all orchestrated and that society had created a "monster"??

And so we have....according to the previous FB president:

"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever," he told Axios. "And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."

Parker added: "It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."

"The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people — understood this consciously," he said. "And we did it anyway."

Protect your kids my friends.....this is is is a huge negative of our great technology advance of the past 2 decades......machines get smarter and we as a society get dumber.

When you go home with your family, read them these articles, change their life for the better IMO.

A community service message from Duma.
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Reminds me of 20 years ago when my brothers 3 children were raised without the benefit of cable TV. When they came over to our house, they would love to watch "Robot Wars" or "Myth Busters". We used to laugh at them. Well turns out that 2 of the 3 kids got into Stanford and the third one got into Dartmouth. This is without being in a legacy program or any donations or any other connections to the schools. We don't laugh anymore!

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great post Duma,, I suggest you frequently take your kids out in nature. not just to a park but to farms, timberland and marshes. show them the wonder of nature. instill in them a sense of self reliance and imagination. they need to understand what our creator gave us is far greater than what man can accomplish.
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To this day I don't have a mobile phone, smart, dumb, or otherwise. It has nothing to do with the linked article. My dad used to run three businesses at the same time and he went to each one daily. Back in the 1960s or '70s CB radios were all the rage (a kind of prehistoric mobile phone :). One day I asked him why he didn't get one. He said that driving from one business to the next was the only time he got some rest. This lesson stayed with me, I hate to be "on demand." I much prefer asynchronous communications, aka email and answering service.

People tell me all the wonders and convenience of smart phones but while walking on the streets I see people with they eyes glued to their phones, oblivious to the world around them. I dumped one girlfriend who insisted on bringing her smart phone on dates. I really hate people interrupting a fine dinner to talk on the phone. Your partner should feel special, not second to a phone!

Denny Schlesinger
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I have found, driving here, that at stop lights nearly everyone (that does not have kids in their cars, but are by themselves, and often with another adult or older child in the front seat with them) are staring at their phones during stop lights. It has become a problem where the use of car horns has become necessary as the light will change and the driver will not have his or her head up to notice the change.

I am not innocent of this, not at all. Not at every light. But many. I find that if you are at the front of the line, it is a problem, as it is more difficult to ascertain the change of the light. But if you are behind a car, it is easy to keep your eye on the car in front and the phone and thereby you know when it is time to go.

But despite the urge, I am trying to limit this behavior because the constant change of attention creates a headache. And a headache is the sign of something not right about it.

As for kids, good luck! My little girl who is clearly a future scholar (on merit academic scholarships) likes her devices, stares at them while watching TV (it is the thing kids do these days, multiple devices, with TV as the background) but she knows when to put it away and does.

My son...lost cause, lost cause. You can even take the devices away from him and he finds a way, or he is unable to live in the moment and his mind is on the games.

He is getting better however, as he gets older. And there are reasons why I am not being that hard on him at the moment, but if this continues I will need to have an intervention.

One reason I am limiting myself more investment wise, other than it has also been very profitable, is to pull back on internet usage and focus on being in the real world. The more time I spend on the internet, the more time I then have to spend on work, and the less I live in the real world.

Internet should be a supplement and a tool, not a life style. And unfortunately, I see it everywhere, obsession with the phone. Walking with it, driving with it, etc. It is clear we are destined to be a cyborg species and a collective of sorts. Maybe sooner than we think (in the next 10-20 years we will see it), very sad. Not all will be lolled into this, but it will be a growing trend, that will have a counterevolution social strait fighting against it.

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.machines get smarter and we as a society get dumber.

Great post, dumaflotchie.

Casinos use Psych PhDs to get people hooked on slot machines. No clocks, no windows, no difference between night and day in the casino. They turn gamblers into trained monkeys. The slot machine lights and sounds are highly addicting by design. Smart phones and social media do the same thing. They turn a person's attention span into mush.

The primary way to gain in depth knowledge about our world is still by reading books. People who do not regularly read books are ignorant in comparison to those who do.
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To this day I don't have a mobile phone, smart, dumb, or otherwise.

while walking on the streets I see people with they eyes glued to their phones, oblivious to the world around them.


People laugh at my flip phone, but I get the last laugh when I watch people in public glued to their phones like slaves, because I know that 98% of what they are doing is stimulus seeking, like a trained rat. The world outside of the 5 inch screen has become boring in comparison. The tech gods have won.
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Just saw where Sean Parker, who made at least a billion off of Facebook, is positioning himself as a "conscientious objector" in this space, saying the Facebook, et. al. are deliberately exploiting human psychology to get traffic (of course). Absent is any mention of how he will deploy his fortune to fix the problem....
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