As usual, nightdrot, you have a singular way of putting it. I quite agree.
@RickPen Thanks for your kind comments. On this one though, I am pretty sure I was inspired by God. Never has so much misery been incorporated into one hand held machine. In fact, I am pretty sure, if you read the literal translation of Genesis, the serpent tempted Adam not with a piece of fruit - you can find those in any grocery store, even in Eden - but with a cell phone.After that, the deluge...
Imagine the intrepid feeling of knowledge that came with that bite; the idea of technology. Of course, I'm musing, but humanity has an interesting chase after technology, with the results rarely being beneficial, particularly in the case of the smart phone. Deluge yet again seems rather fitting.
@RickPen Well, don't go too far. Technology has done many enormously good things. From curing polio to sending men into space and so on. It is the old line about how you can't live with it and you can't live without it. There are no unmixed blessings. Man creates technologies and then is often both master and servant of those technologies. We create things that we then do not fully control.The problem with the new communications technologies is that they tend to reinforce the very human habit of people to live in their own mental universe. When you can pull up the "answer" to any question, you will tend to assume that the answers you agreed with must be the right ones.Indeed, the funny part is that the communications technologies of mass media in the early to mid-2oth century - it was feared - would have the very opposite effect. Because people were ALL drawing from the same television networks, the fear was that independent thought would be subsumed and diminished in mass thought.Aristotle said virtue is a mean. So it is. The real problem being that people do not stop to reflect on how the tools that they use can end up using them.
@nightdrot Right on the money, here’s an interesting podcast talking about the race to the bottom of the brain stem caused by our technology and the algorithms within.open.spotify.com/.../4tu5P35SSCM2nlv34dX9U9
@zeitgeist057 Thanks. I'll take a look at it.
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A GPS tracker is a good idea for kids also! I hadn't even thought about that.
True, as long as they're only doing G-rated things with the phone, I don't really see a problem with it.
I hadn't thought about the radiation point. That's a really good point!
I think you're the first person I've heard say that they've never had a cell phone! Nothing wrong with that though. It seems like a reasonable decision.
I don't see very much difference between an ipad and a cell phone. Except of course for the calling and texting added to it. But overall, it seems like the same concept.
Yeah its basically the same. Most ipads have facetime so it could easily be used as a phone if there wifi.
You had a really good point about the quarantine situation also! With kids being homeschooled, being on the internet and talking on the phone might actually be healthier for them than being so isolated from everyone.
I don't get how buying a bus ticket is related. What do you mean by that?
I don't think they need to have smartphones, though.