For a while, there didn’t really seem to be much happening on the political scene. Of course, that’s all changed since the Republican and Democratic Conventions. I hope everyone that is able to vote come November will do so. I know who I am going to vote for, and I don’t need to talk about it, or convince anyone that they need to change how they feel, or convert anyone to my way, or hate anyone for not voting the way I do. Or bring up the racist issue of the color of anyone’s skin.
What else? Oh, fracking will happen in NC because the loudest opponent MADE A MISTAKE and “accidentally” voted FOR FRACKING. Not that it probably ever could be stopped. I’m just noticing things, that’s all. But it is kind of bizarre how it passed. Fracking the earth is just the next step in fueling the electrical power plants that supply the energy needed to be on this computer typing this post, doing my job, communicating with folks, and yes, sharing *.
Which brings up the topic for today’s post, the many ways in which we can be using our dear, dear, friend, our smart phones.
TIME magazine recently featured 10 WAYS MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING OUR WORLD. Did you read it? I found it so very interesting.
“Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. Not the knife, or match, the pen or page. Only money comes close – always at hand, don’t leave home without it. But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone – which can replace your wallet now anyway.”
People from all age groups and income levels in 8 countries, the U.S., the U.K., China, India, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia were asked questions to find out and better understand attitudes concerning technology, being connected, and the average age thought appropriate for a child to own a mobile phone, which is 13 years!
I am in the minority in how I feel about it, that it is not good. For instance, I do feel like being constantly connected by technology is mostly a burden: 13%, vs. 76% that find it helpful.
That I place my cell phone in a different room from where I sleep (13%) vs. the 68% that sleep with it next to their bed. Three quarters of the group between 25 – 29 years of age sleep with their phones. Rather intimate I think, and stupid, since not one study has ever been funded to prove that the amount of radiation given off of our phones is harmful, or harmless!
32% of all respondents said they they would prefer to communicate via texting. Which broken down by age groups shows another surprising find:
In response to the question, “Have you ever used a text message to…”, 73% of the 18-24 age group said yes, that they use texting for flirting with someone. 55% of the 25-29 age group said they used a text message to send suggestive pictures. And 36% of the 25-29 age group said they used texting to coordinate or commit adultery. Hmmm…what is going on? I think I need to get with the program, give the smart phone a 3rd chance to dominate my life, and start to rekindle the sexual excitement that I am lacking in my menopausal life with my partner, or, someone else.
Well, it doesn’t seem to be something that is going to stop or slow down any time soon.
The only question I have is with all these ways to be in touch, are we really connecting?
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of some flowers that my partner brought home from the tailgate market for me. It wasn’t a tweet of how much he loves me. Call me old-fashioned, but I love flowers, and you can’t do that via a
text tweet (thanks Lisa for educating me on what can be done with a text!).
The one below is the Moon flower that opened the other night…I smelled something divine when I went out to dump the scraps on the compost pile, and realized that after waiting all summer for it to open, it had!
Peace, Joy, and Love, and I ain’t J/K-ing!
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