Put Down Your Phone!

Andrew Keen’s article “How our mobiles became Frankenstein’s monster” acts as a wake up call for millions of technology users. Or, it should.

Keen presents the theory that soon our smart phones will be smarter than we will, that they will be “more and more indistinguishable from the human brain”, and ultimately companies will be able to track our every movement.

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but a lot of what Keen says makes sense. Should we all be so eager to dump personal information onto the shiniest new phones we can get our hands on? This week, Google unveiled a new privacy policy that makes it easier follow trends and collect data to sell to advertisers.

There’s also research that says cell phones and other mobile devices could be giving users cancer, but the topic is still debated, which undermines the potential validity of anti-mobile arguments.

Cell phone emitting EMF

I love my iPhone and use it on a daily basis; I’m not ashamed to admit it. Our cell phones have adapted to become useful and practical, but there are still those of us that are more addicted to their devices than others. These are the people I feel should be more concerned about cell phone usage.

Here are the top ten signs that you’re addicted to your phone, taken from digitaltrends.com:

1. You use it in the bathroom

2. You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket and it’s gone.

3. When you meet people with the same phone, you can only talk about the phone.

4. You broke it and it feels like you’ve lost a friend.

5. A full battery charge barely lasts the day.

6. You’ve cut back on necessities to afford your cell phone bill.

7. You read about your phone on your phone.

8. You have alarms telling you when to do everything in your life.

9. You have 30 different apps installed and you use them all.

10. You’ve spent more on accessories than on your phone.


Do any of these apply to you? If yes, you are not alone. Late last year, actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off of a plane because he refused to turn off his phone while he was playing Words with Friends.

So how do you start to deal with your addiction? Try locking it up in a gadget like this.

Unless cell phone users learn to become less dependent on their phones, I can see Keen’s future of less control over our information and ourselves to be very plausible and not too distant.



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