“Sauron was become now a sorcerer of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment.”
From “The Silmarillion”, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1977
March 13, 2013 – Older teen girls represent the leading edge of cell-mostly internet use; 34% of them say that most of their internet use happens on their cell phone. Among older teen girls who are smartphone owners, 55% say they use the internet mostly from their phone.
August 13, 2017 – The suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached an all-time high in 2015 for the 40-year period beginning in 1975.
But, don’t worry, it’s May, 2018, and great, epochal positive changes are underway at every level of our reality.
And one of them is that the general populace has realized that basic technology has been weaponized against them:
January, 2018 – This Is What It’s Like To Not Own A Smartphone In 2018
As more people start to question their dependence on devices, I’m digging my heels in on my flip-phone life.
It’s 2018, and I’ve never owned a smartphone.
Four years ago, I wrote about having no regrets for being a “dumb phone” user. At the time I was an anomaly: 58% of Americans, according to Pew researchers, owned a smartphone; that figure was around 80% for people in my age demographic. Now, I’m a clear oddity: 77% of U.S. adults are smartphone users, as are around 90% of my peers.
But, oh well. I don’t plan on changing tack anytime soon. Here’s why.
January 16, 2018 – Why we need to embrace the tech backlash | World Economic Forum
(This could be one of the biggest headlines in the history of this thread. Can you see how the few fear the mob, how they cannot even reliably steer the mob? Their control is tenuous, is implemented entirely via deceit, and is soon to end. – ed)
February 13, 2018 – Facebook users confess to spending less time on the social network
March 19, 2018 – Has Silicon Valley lost its cool?
As technology plays a deeper and more pervasive role in nearly every aspect of our lives, the industry that has upended everything from shopping and travel to education and human relationships is facing a backlash the likes of which Silicon Valley has never seen.
April 6, 2018 – The Big Tech Backlash Of 2018 | Zero Hedge
April 7, 2018 – Telstra just launched a new flip phone | finder.com.au
April 16, 2018 – Less distracting flip phone also new protest statement
Flip phone users include Frances McDormand, Rihanna, NFL quarterback Andrew Luck and billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Exactly one year ago, Roman Cochet swapped his $500 iPhone 7 for a $30 LG flip phone.
Overwhelmed by constant alerts, Cochet felt his time was disrupted, his creativity drained. His flip doesn’t do email, Instagram, Facebook, Uber or news alerts. The 30-year-old Parisian painter, who lives in Brooklyn, said he regrets nothing.
“With a smartphone, you spend so much time texting, talking, in constant communication, that you don’t have time to do anything else,” Cochet said. “I’m way more focused now on what I’m doing. I’m less distracted.”
In an age where everyone seems glued to their smartphone, the flip phone is turning into a statement of protest and individuality.
These relics of the 1990s, still in wide use as disposable “burners” by crooks and FBI informants, are prized by a wider population for their simplicity, durability and affordability, not to mention their low-tech appeal to the burgeoning #DeleteFacebook crowd.
April 20, 2018 – Flip phones are back: Less distracting and a lot cheaper than a smartphone
“This year’s hottest cultural trend is none other than the humble flip phone,” wrote The Outline this week.
May 2, 2018 – Backlash: The turn against technology | Magazine | IPE
Concerns about the dangers of new technology suggest more regulation ahead.