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Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:32 AM

This simple solution to smartphone addiction is now used in over 600 U.S. schools

Graham Dugoni was at a music festival in San Francisco in 2012 when he witnessed something that disturbed him. A man was dancing, uninhibited, perhaps drunk, losing himself in the moment. Some strangers thought it was funny, so they filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube.

It’s the kind of thing that happens a thousand times a day. But it bothered Dugoni. Traditionally, as he saw it, people at such festivals would come together to commune, to share a collective feeling that those not present would never be able to participate in (see: Woodstock, 1969, or any Grateful Dead show from the 1960s to the 1990s). But now, everyone had a smartphone. You had to act cool. And that old group intimacy? It was gone.


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In the end, Dugoni wants people to ask themselves: What is the point of all those instantaneous texts, shares and likes?

“If you think of this phone as the ultimate expression of technological efficiency where things are easier, cheaper, faster all the time, I think it comes down to what are the limits of a purely efficiency-driven mode of life? What people really enjoy has nothing to do with efficiency. You can play a melody faster, but that doesn’t make sense. What does it mean to be more efficient in our social interactions? Is that something we want? Does that make sense at all?”


Good article by Tara Bahrampour from back in Feb in the Washington Post

The device discussed, by a company called Yondr, is a small, gray neoprene pouch. The phone is locked in and cannot be used until the end of the event. Comedian Dave Chappelle requires them at his shows and some courts and schools have begun using them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/02/05/this-millennial-discovered-a-surprisingly-simple-solution-to-smartphone-addiction-schools-love-it/?utm_term=.8e9181351232

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Reply This simple solution to smartphone addiction is now used in over 600 U.S. schools (Original post)
FSogol Aug 2018 OP
Saboburns Aug 2018 #1
ProfessorGAC Aug 2018 #2
Saboburns Aug 2018 #8
ProfessorGAC Aug 2018 #9
backtoblue Aug 2018 #3
JI7 Aug 2018 #4
FSogol Aug 2018 #5
JI7 Aug 2018 #6
FSogol Aug 2018 #7
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #10
FSogol Aug 2018 #11
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #12
FSogol Aug 2018 #13
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #14
FSogol Aug 2018 #15
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #16
FSogol Aug 2018 #19
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #24
d_r Aug 2018 #20
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #21
Skidmore Aug 2018 #17
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #18
Mariana Aug 2018 #22
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #23

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:37 AM

1. Let's hear it for the Luddites!

GOOOOOO LUDDITES!!!

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Response to Saboburns (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:39 AM

2. How Is This Luddite?

A luddite perspective would reject the phone itself.

This is not doing any such thing.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:22 AM

8. The anti-cellphone brigade is tiresome

"Look at all those people cell-phoning during the concert. I don't like it. I want all those cell-phoners to stop-cell-phoning and get in tune with one-another. Since I don't dig cell-phones or cell-phoning I'm gonna make it impossible to for anybody to cell-phone during the concert."

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Response to Saboburns (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:26 AM

9. That Doesn't Make It Luddite

Perhaps cranky. Not luddite.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:43 AM

3. Outdoor music festival lover!

The whole atmosphere at these events is the diversity and freedom that can be experienced between a big group of people.

I'm not sure that Pandora can be put back in the box though...

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:47 AM

4. maybe it will get boring at some point

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Response to JI7 (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:51 AM

5. and the phone is more exciting? LOL.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:52 AM

6. i was referring to the phone

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Response to JI7 (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:14 AM

7. Sorry, yeah, I hope it does. There's a guy in our office who is attached to his phone like an

umbilicus.

Mrs FSogol and I see people on dates, starring at their phones, people taping concerts instead of watching concerts, and taking selfies instead of nice views. Chatting with a favorite author or celeb is fun, but taking a pic with them is kind of pointless. The phone addicted are really sad.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:29 AM

10. The anecdote about the concert is so weird to me. This guy was mad that some people were

enjoying a moment together, but in a way he didn't like, and so he developed something to sell to others to prevent people from enjoying a moment together? Okay.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:38 AM

11. The moment they were enjoying together was mocking someone. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:39 AM

12. His product didn't address the mocking.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:41 AM

13. They can still mock him, they just can't upload it so thousands can mock him too. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:49 AM

14. But this is written in a way that the mocking, the lack of "group intimacy," was the problem.

The group had group intimacy. It just wasn't the kind that he liked.

I'm also tired of white affluent men who try to solve problems that don't exist and don't think through how their solutions might affect others.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:53 AM

15. Stand by your convictions! Send us a video of your most embarrassing moment and we'll upload it

to the internet forever and ever! C'mon, it is only fair. Sharing is caring, right?



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Response to FSogol (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:56 AM

16. Cell phones are simply a tool. If he doesn't like the way people use the tool, taking it away

doesn't seem like the best way to approach it. If he doesn't like mocking, why not use that effort for a push for better human relations? It makes less money, of course, soooo....

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:17 AM

19. LOL, putting the phone away for a short perod of time equals taking away their phones?

Does your pro-phone at all times theory include locker rooms? You think someone should follow me and film me in the shower at the gym? You seriously have a problem with courts and schools putting phones away? If you can't last 1-1/2 hours without a phone, maybe skip the Chappelle show or a concert that doesn't allow them.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 11:06 AM

24. First of all, I've never espoused a "pro-phone at all times" theory.

I want people to think about why they want phones taken away, and who that affects. I want people to think through what they imagine are solutions, and what problems they actually solve. I want people who use phones a certain way to truly understand how people use phones in different ways. Teachers can (and do!) manage phone use in their classroom without taking away everyone's at the beginning of class, or buying a fancy plastic bag.

Also, I want would-be entrebroneurs who think content must be consumed a certain way to truly enjoy and appreciate it to get over themselves.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:19 AM

20. Reminds me if gun control

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Response to d_r (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:23 AM

21. Indeed.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:00 AM

17. This is a problem

that does need to be addressed. These people's inclusion of a social media's audience in their "intimacy" may have broader, more damaging consequences. We have all read of those who were mercilessly mocked and bullied on social media that they have acted out violently or harmed themselves from being humiliated. How is it that such actions are acceptable to you? Would you participate in humiliating someone in this manner for a dysfunctional group intimacy?

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:11 AM

18. We've all seen films of people dancing similarly at Woodstock. Were they

being mocked? Did they lose their privacy?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:27 AM

22. Well, that's completely different.

Somehow.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:53 AM

23. Yep.

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