It’s July 2018, and the populace is realizing that technology has been weaponized against it

“and Sauron forged it in the Mountain of Fire in the Land of Shadow. And while he wore the One Ring he could perceive all the things that were done by means of the lesser rings, and he could see and govern the very thoughts of those that wore them.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, from “The Silmarillion”, 1977

 

 

 

January 23, 2018 – Kids who spend at least four or five hours on their phone increase their risk factor for suicide by a whopping 71 percent. And It was the time spent on the device, not the content, that mattered most.

February 2, 2018 – Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall

February 12, 2018 – The number of U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017. That’s almost three times the decline expected.

 

 

 

 

It’s July, 2018, and the populace is realizing that technology has been weaponized against it.

The instant cell phones came into being, I thought “this is terrible, horrible.” Then, the instant “Smart” phones came into being, I thought “this is much worse.”

I was browbeaten into getting a cell phone in 2006. I’ve never owned a “Smart” phone, even despite multiple employers offering to buy me new, top-of-the-line iPhones, and pay for my plan.

People used to literally become apopleptic when I pulled out my flip phone.

Apopleptic – adjective – overcome with anger; extremely indignant.

denoting apoplexy (stroke).

These days, it’s usually an “ahhhh!”, with a positive connotation. One comment recently was “that’s the one!”

My reply is usually “yeah, me, Warren Buffett and Jay Z.”

A generation ago, people would drink three Martini’s at lunch, and smoke cigarettes in their offices all day long. That behavior is now completely gone from our society.

Much to the chagrin of the few who for this moment still control the many by subterfuge, times change, things change, often for the better. And once you “get wise” to a Confidence Game, you can never be tricked in that same way again.

We are soon going to leave this malefic invention behind forever, or perhaps will work collectively to transform it into something whose costs do not obviously outweigh its benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

December 17, 2018  – Teen Depression, Suicide Linked To Time Spent On Phones, Social Media

 

January 12, 2018 – Facebook Stock Slumps After Mark Zuckerberg Signals Major Victory

 

January 17, 2018 – Is Your Child a Phone ‘Addict‘?

Parents can have difficulty distinguishing phone abuse from appropriate use.

 

January 23, 2018 – Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests

Researchers found more of the same while sifting through the data for this study. Teenagers’ life satisfaction, self-esteem and happiness plummeted after 2012.

To back up that work, Twenge’s previous studies suggest kids who spend at least four or five hours on their phone increase their risk factor for suicide by a whopping 71 percent, regardless of whether it was cat videos or something else. It was the time spent on the device, not the content, that mattered most.

“By far the largest change in teens’ lives between 2012 and 2016 was the increase in the amount of time they spent on digital media, and the subsequent decline in in-person social activities and sleep,” Twenge said. “The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use.”

 

February 2, 2018 – Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall

 

February 12, 2018 – Facebook lost around 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 last year. 2018 won’t be much better.

Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.

The digital measurement firm predicted last year that Facebook would see a 3.4 percent drop in 12- to 17-year-old users in the U.S. in 2017, the first time it had predicted a drop in usage for any age group on Facebook.

The reality: The number of U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, eMarketer found, or about 1.4 million total users. That’s almost three times the decline expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year.

Take the numbers with a grain of salt — eMarketer is an outside research firm so it doesn’t have the full picture that, say, Facebook has.

 

February 26 ,2018 – Global smartphone sales fall for the first time

 

March 17, 2018 – Facebook shares drop 4.4 percent following Cambridge Analytica Debacle

 

March 20, 2018 – Facebook, Cambridge Analytica: Facebook has a terrible start to 2018

 

April 1, 2018 – Giving up Facebook leads to a drop in the stress-related hormone cortisol, study finds

Quitting Facebook for five days was associated with a drop in the stress hormone cortisol, according to a preliminary study published in the Journal of Social Psychology.

“I have been a Facebook user for 10 years. I had talked to my co-authors about how I occasionally had to ‘quit’ Facebook from time to time because I found it overwhelming as the number of my friends grew,” said Eric Vanman, a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland and lead author of the study.

“We talked and realised that this was happening to them and their friends too. Whenever I would quit Facebook, I’d feel an immediate sense of relief that lasted for days. But then I would start feeling like I was missing out (FOMO!) and I would have to rejoin. The cycle would start all over.”

 

May 24, 2018 – Are smartphones causing more teen suicides?

 

June 4, 2018 – Hinge to Drop Facebook Login Requirement – Global Dating Insights

 

June 5, 2018 – Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S.

 

June 27, 2018 – Slate’s Facebook traffic has dropped by 87 percent since 2017 …

 

June 28, 2018 – Facebook announces transparency updates to ads – CNBC.com

 

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