Throw Away Your Cell Phone And STOP Social Media

June 5th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I very rarely use my cell phone (I have one only for emergencies) and I was very seriously considering disconnecting myself completely cellendfrom Facebook and only keeping LinkedIn (only for business purposes). I decided to stay on FaceBook only because of our blog. Most of our readers are actually not FB members, but I think we have a few, so….

Surely, Facebook has certain redeeming qualities i.e. finding old long lost friends and classmates, etc. but after that, ENOUGH !!!

Have you ever been to an engagement or family function and everyone seems to be playing with their mobile – texting, taking pictures, surfing the net … everything, but being “present” enjoying the company of one another i.e. human interaction and being in the “now.”

What is it about “us” (myself included) that 1. Constantly wants to be distracted & 2. Thrives on attention.  We all have thoughts, opinions, feelings about everything under the sun and part of being human is sharing it with other people. The aforementioned is fine and dandy but when you feel the need to throw a picture of yourself up on FB after getting a haircut or giving a blow – by – blow description of your recent colonoscopy procedure, well …

This is nice and short, because addition to the theme of this blog, we also all have Twitter attention spans (another blog) Anyway, WhadaYaThink ? What do you think ? There’s a term out there for us folks who are fed up with technology – Neo-Luddism.

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9 Responses to “Throw Away Your Cell Phone And STOP Social Media”

  1. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Michael, Sorry but I don’t have a cell phone or smart phone to throw away. I refuse to become a robotic slave to the super ego generation of humans who think their every moment is important. There are several other reasons why also;
    !. I really don’t have any friends who care what I do
    2 My surgeon threw me out of my last colonoscopy procedure for being uncooperative
    3 Most of the face book nonsense I have seen are complete fabrications or outrageous embellishments
    4 I too cheap to pay for the phones
    5 Carrying a cell phone in my pocket makes me look like I am in constant state of arousal, and leads to threat’s of harassment , ridicule, and awe.
    6 All the stupid things I would say on Facebook would come back to haunt me when I achieve political presence
    7 Last but not least, I don’t want to be tagged a non-neo- luddite.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    LOLOLOLOL – probably the funniest stuff to date …

  3. Chipster Says:

    Michael, I know what you mean. It’s amazing how technology has taken over our lives. I’m amazed when I’m teaching a class and see students with their cell phones glued to heir hands or ears. I don’t react immediately, but once I see that it isn’t a pending emergency, I have to tell them enough is enough. During tests, I make sure each and every student has a cell phone under their chair……………in plain view so I can see it.
    Technology may have given us a means to connect, but it has also allowed many (the majority) to disconnect. What proves the point is a video you can find on Youtube; a woman walking in a mall and texting. She’s so engrossed in her endeavor that she takes a header into the pond. Come on, what could have been so important! People think because they’re “texting” they’re communicating and therefore connected, when in reality they’re not connecting emotionally.
    In addition, because that “wall ” is there, they say anything they want, send pictures of “whatever” they desire (oh Lordy, the pictures!); because they’re not truly connected and communicating, they don’t have the immediate feedback of people telling them how inappropriate the material truly is. Furthermore, it’s destroying the ability of people to spell! Oh my gosh, I get papers from college students and they can’t spell or form proper sentences; I blame technology. They’ve become so dependent on spellcheck, they can’t do it themselves. When text, I write proper sentences; when I get texts, I get hieroglyphics.
    On the other hand and in defense of technology, I get more business done with a cell phone for texting and calls as well as the computer. It’s all a matter of balance and from what I see there are a lot of unbalanced people out there!!!!

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Chip,

    I just read your comment again. Not that I would want to live forever, but wouldn’t it be nice if we focused more on perhaps, cures for diseases rather than talking smart phones ??? We’ve made prodigious strides in terms of technology, but we are still absolutely clueless when it comes to even battling the common cold. Either our priorities are whacked or we, the human species, just are incapable of such things.

  5. magdalena Says:

    And they all need to have the latest gadgets. Just today Michael asked me if I wanted to trade in my dinosaur cell phone for a newer model so I won’t feel conspicuous and can blend in with all the other morons. I told him that it was a waste of money and there was no one I cared to impress.Besides, the longer I hold onto it, the chances of it increasing in value may prove to be the financial gain of the century. How many of you still own a Walkman? I’m cashing in.

  6. Son of Walt Says:

    Have you ever been to an engagement of family function where the only escape from everyone was your phone? Thanks God for smartphones. LOL

  7. Sal Paradise Says:

    Well said, my friend. For a terrifying portrait of where we’re likely headed, and soon, read Dave Egger’s “The Circle.”

  8. Michael Tabor Says:

    Must read, Sal

  9. Michael Tabor Says:

    Comments are simply awesome !!! Thank you Le duke, Chipster, Magadalena, SOW, Sal.. for your input and making WhaDaWeThink a better blog !

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