‘Do you remember when you used to have to wonder things?’Tiziana Dearing, Tiziana Dearing, a professor at the Boston College School of Social Work, said, “We have a running quote in our family that sums it up so well. Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton was the most honest and Donald Trump was the least honest. After my intervention, very little changed; better disclosure and informed consent apparently would fix everything. This has increased the rate of unemployment. I do not text or even have my cheap cellphone close by as I want a limit on my time spent on a mobile device. The TV was always on in the background while he played intense online video games on his laptop, while also continuously texting or messaging others about the game. This project’s research into five countries from different regions concludes that this is a global phenomenon. I also wondered whether the school district had gone through some form of institutional review board (IRB) process. But now that Net neutrality is on the way out, the internet fast lane will be devoted to dreck, not to socially useful information.”, Jason Abbott, professor of political science at the University of Louisville, said, “My children are increasingly incapable of spending quiet time alone, appear more bored and easily distracted from tasks. By closing the accounts and limiting my time on the internet, especially with social media, I’m hoping for a more productive life and to have closer, more-focused relationships with close friends and family.”, Vicki Davis, an IT director, teacher and podcaster based in North America, said, “My life is more fulfilling since I have fought a battle with internet addiction and won. Since that time, I put down my phone every Sunday. Increased isolation is a negative effect I feel in my life; the time I spend using digital technologies could well be spent in other more creative and productive ways.”, Beth Kanter, an author, trainer, blogger and speaker based in North America, wrote, “I’m a social media professional/networker, and I noticed over the last five years or so, how much more work I do on my mobile phone. During that gap, I often check email when at a red light. Health, emotions, digital spaces, are just some examples through which it was possible to talk about the forms of life that become digital and the importance of discovering and exploring new forms of this process. Even if I am not looking at my email or my phone, I know they are there and it is distracting.”, Meg Mott, a professor of politics at Marlboro College, said, “Early in my teaching career, I thought that teachers should be judged by their response time to emails. (+1) 202-419-4372 | Media Inquiries. A professor based in North America said, “I want to share a short excerpt from Chapter 1 of Frischmann and Selinger’s ‘Re-Engineering Humanity’ (Cambridge, April 2018): ‘Last year, my first grader came home after school very excited. Don’t look down at your phone during a meeting, a coffee, a dinner, a date. I work from home part-time – a wonderful contribution to my well-being – and I keep in contact with friends too distant to see often. Stop everything. The above has convinced me that tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs can be abused and cause people to lose the ability to physically interact with others.”, An anonymous respondent said, “I used to go out to bars sometimes for conversation. This is unhealthy.”, “It has become harder to take your eyes off a screen to enjoy life as it’s happening.”, “Technology is being driven by business across all areas for money, money, money. There are cases where our well-being is better served by simpler, analog tools.”, Frank Odasz, president of Lone Eagle Consulting, commented, “I started online in 1983 with two big personal goals: 1) To learn how to live and work solo from anywhere. Let us see each of them one by one. If you’re reading based on what’s trending on Facebook or via a link pulled from Twitter, that’s not really reading and it’s time we stopped pretending. Uber is convenient but it doesn’t provide a living wage for drivers.”, A cybersecurity entrepreneur, coach and investor wrote, “There appears to be an increasing population of people who mistake social media presence with professional achievement. I can’t concentrate. At first, it was shocking because I thought of my phone constantly and all those people ‘out there.’ But over the days, I found myself coming back to a healthy center. I teach online courses and spend more time checking to see if I am doing the teaching properly, rather than actually teaching. You can see the impact … Use of technology can serve as an advantage or disadvantage, based on the way how the user uses it. One of the most alarming bits of data from this study was the number of teens who reported that they sometimes felt their cellphone was more important to their parents than they were – 20%. Now technology is being driven by business across all areas for money, money, money. – and he doesn’t have strong in-person communication skills, as with many, or so I believe. It limits how much professional and civic reading gets done, it forces the need to create boundaries (for one’s own good) that have been blurred, it raises almost-involuntary questions about what kinds of conversations your partner or friends are having without you or even with you nearby. I would have engaged thinly with the story with the result that little trace of it would have remained in my neurology. She hopped in the car, said ‘Hi, Tom,’ and started looking at her phone. Be there. Digital Family Life: A Systematic Review of the Impact of Parental Smartphone Use on Parent-Child Interactions. So things have changed and we can’t go back to the way it was years ago. For example, the life sciences industry is focused on enhanced patient data-sharing to advance knowledge discovery, including growing use of synthetic clinical trials, AI-driven precision medicine for therapeutics, use of AI-driven digital guidance/IoT for clinicians, and an overall desire to reach consumers directly with products and services. Whether it is telephone, water, electricity or transport, technology has made its contribution everywhere. '”, A research scientist and internet pioneer commented, “In the small, digital technology has been a highly positive experience. Recyclable? Video conferencing has enabled doctors to treat patients in a virtual environment. In the rush for the ‘new thing’ or endorphin-reinforced digital transaction they are forsaking the opportunities to interact with other people. The small independent newspaper where I started doesn’t exist anymore and could never return because their business model doesn’t work. I thought. This morning, I’m about to write an article on the Code of the West, linking our moral code to [corporate entities’] snarky, persuasive algorithms and the 6,000-plus youth suicides annually, anxiety problems of 1 in 5 screen-agers and more ‘impacts’ that are just recently making the mainstream news. When I have a question, I look it up. People obtain information about their activity levels and then are better able to adjust their behaviour and improve fitness. Instead of just getting a letter once a month, we got to know each other’s daily lives. And as I watched, I saw myself. Sometimes. What do I miss? Right from the very beginning it was too complicated and time-consuming for men to do this type of demeaning, boring work. I think I’m relatively politically/socially aware, but the current (growing) bombardment of email appeals for political action or donations to address a multitude of apparently apocalyptic problems may at some point numb my senses.”, Renee Dietrich, a retired professor, commented, “The main change is that people expect a response faster. No enhancement of my mind would have occurred. As part of a quality physical education program, the use of activity watches can motivate students to challenge themselves to become more physically active. There is increasing personal impatience. Just as having the constant stimulation of social media available makes it harder to commit to something like reading a book, the constant availability of new partners lowers the threshold for starting something new, which makes people less inclined to stick through the hard parts and build something lasting with a partner. I might be working from home to my office with only a 15-minute gap in between. The stupidity of actions by Not My President [Trump] are against common sense, the love of learning, fairness for all and American values. I spend an inordinate amount of time with digital technology. I believe that this general idea extends to teens and adults as well. I would much rather be having this conversation via a phone survey than sitting and typing at my computer. While I work on the technologies that underpin the internet infrastructure, I have made a concerted effort to maintain more personal, face-to-face time with friends, colleagues and family. Our mobile devices are so integrated into our lives that it’s hard to imagine how we did anything – run businesses, order food, fight boredom, date – without them. Many sources of information are now only available online and people must rely on others to find the answers. Yet to pretty much everyone’s surprise, redemption comes to almost everyone. For instance, advancements in digital technology often lead to destruction of creativity. I’ve presented for APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] twice on indigenous broadband training best practices and the challenges of positive social engineering; designing for positive outcomes by a connected human family. Social media and my smartphone have a place, but not everyplace. Positive effects of digital life. My mind was soon lit up with imagery and I went into a deep state of contemplation of not only the story but the skill of the writer. This is despite any efforts I make to call attention to it, and/or my talking about the issue as an actual topic in class, which I do whenever the topic is appropriate. Technology became his life. My replies may have been prompt but the tone was unmistakably crabby. I receive 150-200 emails a day and find the time I spend just deleting things I don’t want to see ever-growing and oppressive.”, Gabriel Kahn, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, said, “My attention span has been condensed. We have added activity watches to the K-12 physical education program so that we can assess how the PEP grant impacts students’ physical activity in [the school district]. Initially, I wondered about various privacy issues: Who, what, where, when, how and why? Netflix and all of the streaming sites have proven to be hazardous for my productivity, as I have become effortlessly addicted to them as a means of distraction and procrastination. 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