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Getting Back to Productive Computer Systems Would Benefit Public Health and Not Just Boost Productivity

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Summary: "Smartphoneshame" (shaming an unhealthy culture of obsession with "apps") would potentially bring about a better, more sociable society with fewer mental health crises and higher productivity levels

THE habit of being 'glued' to one's so-called 'smartphone' all day long (sometimes all night long, too) is a very unhealthy habit. There has been extensive research in recent years, typically reaching those very same conclusions, focusing on physical health, mental health, or both.

"Hopefully some of the younger people, who haven't yet grown up with these gadgets, will find an enriching experience outside the "app-sphere" and pursue a fulfilling life without this always-on, always-connected, always-in-your-pocket tracking device."The video above focuses on what was said this morning about "Smartphoneshame".

To maybe 'coin' a phrase or a word, "Smartphoneshame" (or "Smartphone shame") is the habit of discouraging people acquiring or overusing a so-called 'smart' phone, usually to the detriment of real social life -- an aspect of life that gives safety nets and may provide moral support, not just "likes" as a form of digitally "measurable" encouragement.

Hopefully some of the younger people, who haven't yet grown up with these gadgets, will find an enriching experience outside the "app-sphere" and pursue a fulfilling life without this always-on, always-connected, always-in-your-pocket tracking device. It has very little practical value.

In the video I show my PDA, which still works well and is in relatively good condition. I've used PDAs since 2001 and even though I found them addictive (at times) they were never connected and they weren't in control of the user. It was the other way around. With advanced calendaring functionality they helped simplify and otherwise-hectic life of multi-tasking and juggling between employment and education.

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