"Our minds can be hijacked" - "possibly lowering IQ"

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#1 7 October, 2017 - 22:28
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"Our minds can be hijacked" - "possibly lowering IQ"


An interesting article:

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”

...It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned. They appear to be abiding by a Biggie Smalls lyric from their own youth about the perils of dealing crack cocaine: never get high on your own supply.

...“The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-fledged addictions,” Eyal writes. “It’s the impulse to check a message notification. It’s the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few minutes, only to find yourself still tapping and scrolling an hour later.” None of this is an accident, he writes. It is all “just as their designers intended”.

I highly recommend reading the entire article: 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.

Also: Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity

Our smartphones enable—and encourage—constant connection to information, entertainment, and each other. They put the world at our fingertips, and rarely leave our sides. Although these devices have immense potential to improve welfare, their persistent presence may come at a cognitive cost. In this research, we test the “brain drain” hypothesis that the mere presence of one’s own smartphone may occupy limited-capacity cognitive resources, thereby leaving fewer resources available for other tasks and undercutting cognitive performance. Results from two experiments indicate that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity. Moreover, these cognitive costs are highest for those highest in smartphone dependence. We conclude by discussing the practical implications of this smartphone-induced brain drain for consumer decision-making and consumer welfare.

I've already been in the process of deleting my Facebook account, and I've also been thinking of getting rid of my smartphone. I've noticed detrimental effects from both.

Let me know what you think of the article.

8 October, 2017 - 09:49
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I think training in self control is helpful. I have 500 friends and family on Facebook. It is a great way for making contact or keeping connections. A tool. I have been on Facebook no more than ten times this year.

8 October, 2017 - 10:23
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Ahh... The irony of them being called "smart phones" hahahahha

8 October, 2017 - 11:17
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I just removed my Facebook account with over 2,200 connections. Luckily I was able to export the emails of about 1,700 of them before FB removed the ability to do that. Most people are not able to withstand the manipulations of a company that has $65 billion in cash and an elite team of data scientists. Some people might be able to do it though. (I saw that I wasn't able to do it.)

I want to build one of these to replace my smartphone, if I can find the time:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-cellphone-from-scratch/

8 October, 2017 - 13:15
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Don't worry, AOL is closing this week, and they used to be top dog; myspace lost almost all it's customers to facebook, and likewise facebook is losing to other services https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/22/facebook-may-have-a-grown-up-problem-you...

http://fortune.com/2016/04/07/facebook-sharing-decline/

Mark Zuckerberg selling off tons of stock:
http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-selling-facebook-stock-ov...

The monopolies are going to be targeted by anti-trust laws as well.

8 October, 2017 - 16:01
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That's good news to some extent, but I think that all of those sites have the same problems (described in the article in my post at the top of the thread).

I deleted my Instagram account when Facebook bought it and have never used Snapchat. I never would have signed up for Facebook if I had understood where it was going. But then it became very difficult to leave...

8 October, 2017 - 18:45
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Oh I didn't know Facepuke bought instagram! haha. When the cash cow starts running dry, they have to find others to milk. That's a bad sign for their bottom line.

8 October, 2017 - 21:16
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Facebook realized that some upcoming companies were a threat (like Instagram for photos and WhatsApp for chat) so they bought them. They also tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion but were turned down. (Google may have offered Snapchat $30 billion.)

9 October, 2017 - 00:04
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Ah, yes, the old monopoly game. It kind of reminds me of when John D. Rockefeller, senior, colluded with the railroad industry to stop supplies getting to his competitors.

But these deca-billionaires are only worth a fraction of what John D. was worth, as well as Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, Henry Ford, and Cornelius Vanderbilt and his far richer son William Henry Vanderbilt. Adjusted for inflation, these guys were the richest men in the history of the world - richer than Kings, Queens, and Emperors of past and present. Bill Gates net-worth is less than one-third that of John D. Rockefeller, Senior (when he was alive).

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlodonnell/2014/07/11/the-rockefellers-th...

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