On the Huffington Post, Dr. David Greenfield writes about texting and driving. Are you rationalizing your behavior while you are driving? Find out how to control your urge to text while you drive in this informative and very helpful article:
Are You Compulsive About Texting & Driving? Survey Says…You Could Be
Dr. David Greenfield - The Expert on Tech Addiction Says Issue Cuts Straight to the Brain
AT&T DriveMode® App, Now Available for iPhone, Helps Fight the Temptation
The less-than-perfect rollout of Apple’s iOS has caused plenty of headaches, but for some, especially nomophobes, it’s a nightmare.
A slew of people have complained of glitches stemming from the iOS 8 update that have rendered some iPhones sluggish, sent apps crashing and caused problems with Apple’s native keyboard, among other reported issues.
It didn’t help Wednesday when the intended fix, iOS 8.0.1, caused some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality, essentially turning their phones into iPods.
On Sept. 22, 2006, Reggie Shaw, 19, climbed into his sport utility vehicle to head to a painting job. He picked up a Pepsi at the local gas station and started over the mountain pass between Tremonton, Utah, his hometown, and Logan, the big city to the east, near the Idaho border.
It was 6:30 in the morning, and freezing rain was falling. Just behind Reggie was John Kaiserman, a farrier, who was driving a truck and trailer carrying a thousand pounds of horseshoes and equipment. Mr. Kaiserman noticed Reggie swerve several times across the yellow divider and thought: This guy is going to cause us all some trouble.
Reggie came over a big crest and headed down a hill, traveling around 55 miles an hour as he hit a flat stretch. He crossed the yellow divider again. This time, he clipped a Saturn heading the other direction on the two-lane highway. Inside the Saturn were two men, Jim Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, commuting to work.
We’ve all experienced some of the social and interpersonal disruptions brought on with smartphone overuse; fewer face-to-face conversations, greater distractions, and a certain “hyper-vigilance” an inattention brought out with the anticipation of incoming text messages and phone calls. And all too often, what used to pass for manners and common courtesy has fallen by the wayside.
With smartphone usage in developed countries like the U.K. hovering around 71% of all households, the problem of smartphone overuse isn’t going away anytime soon. This recent story from TechRadar.com features interviews with Dr. David Greenfield and psychologist Phil Reed of Swansea University and sheds some new light on the subtle, insidious addictive qualities of smartphone use.
App addicts: has your smartphone become a drug?
The complete story from TechRadar.com is available here:
Researchers and neurobiologists have known for some time that video games can sometimes adversely affect developing adolescent brains. Dr. Greenfield compares rush users get from gaming to gamblers playing a slot machine. Both feel a strong dopamine rush when they’re winning, but over time the brain starts to produce less of this important neurotransmitter and mood-affecting biochemical.
“How video games can affect adolescent brains”
You can read the full story in Polygon.com here:
Two twelve year old girls from Wisconsin were recently charged with attempted homicide for the brutal stabbing assault on one of their friends and are each being charged as adults and face sentences up to 60 years in prison. Their victim is recovering in an area hospital. According to their girls, they committed the crime because the “Slender Man”, an imaginary tall figure with long arms, told them to do it. Some believe that the Slender Man character originated with writer Eric Knudsen, who has used this character in several written works and in film. Others believe that the origins of the Slender Man go much further back into century-old German folklore. What is known is that several of Knudsen’s Slender Man stories have been published on the Something Awful Web Forum as well as the CreepyPasta website and may have inspired the girls actions.
Some mental health professionals believe that changing social interactions and online games and web sites are blurring the distinction between fantasy and reality. To quote Dr. Greenfield in this article in Examiner.com, the Internet is “A socially connecting device that’s socially isolating at the same […]