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post #41 of 48
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another story in NY times today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/te...brain.html?hpw

I read it this morning. FTR, the guy in the article is 43, just a few years older than me. I first saw his pic and thought he was in his mid 50s. Yet another reason to stay away from all that.
There was another recent NYT article, maybe in Room For Debate, about iPhones and the Internet being addictive because each time you access something, be it an email or information, you not only get positive reinforcement, your brain gets a dopamine squirt. They said the brain's reaction was comparable to the reactions of experiencing not entertainment, but sex or food. That really freaks me out, and explains why I'm going to have to remove our laptop from the kitchen table. DH and I are huge on family meals and being mentally and physically present, yet we literally have to force ourselves not to look at it when we're at the table.
post #42 of 48
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I have noticed the older generations meaning almost 40 plus,


Older generations? 40 plus? You young whippersnappers these days are really rude you know.

I'm 42, and do not consider myself "older generation".
post #43 of 48
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There was another recent NYT article, maybe in Room For Debate, about iPhones and the Internet being addictive because each time you access something, be it an email or information, you not only get positive reinforcement, your brain gets a dopamine squirt. They said the brain's reaction was comparable to the reactions of experiencing not entertainment, but sex or food. That really freaks me out, and explains why I'm going to have to remove our laptop from the kitchen table. DH and I are huge on family meals and being mentally and physically present, yet we literally have to force ourselves not to look at it when we're at the table.
I am dealing with this myself. I have a Blackberry in part because of my job and the fact that I am able to do a lot of my work outside the office but I have to be available. Yet in the year since I have had it, I feel my concentration shifting in ways I am not happy with at all. I find that when its on and I am checking email (or FB, etc) its like I am in the zone and get tense. Yet turn it off and things change.

Would love to get rid of it at times but the alternative would be more time in the office which I don't care for.
post #44 of 48
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There was another recent NYT article, maybe in Room For Debate, about iPhones and the Internet being addictive because each time you access something, be it an email or information, you not only get positive reinforcement, your brain gets a dopamine squirt. They said the brain's reaction was comparable to the reactions of experiencing not entertainment, but sex or food. That really freaks me out, and explains why I'm going to have to remove our laptop from the kitchen table. DH and I are huge on family meals and being mentally and physically present, yet we literally have to force ourselves not to look at it when we're at the table.
They talked about this article on NPR last night. Very interesting and sobering, too. Apparently it hampers "long thought" in people's brains because modern technology is so distracting and addicting. It changes the way our brain thinks. In fact, they said that the invention of the Gutenberg press did the very same thing as people took up reading on a mass scale. Some companies are coming to the realization that their employees really can't multitask very well for the most part and are seeking to remedy that. Too distracting and breaks concentration and focus.

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I am dealing with this myself. I have a Blackberry in part because of my job and the fact that I am able to do a lot of my work outside the office but I have to be available. Yet in the year since I have had it, I feel my concentration shifting in ways I am not happy with at all. I find that when its on and I am checking email (or FB, etc) its like I am in the zone and get tense. Yet turn it off and things change.

Would love to get rid of it at times but the alternative would be more time in the office which I don't care for.
My husband has a blackberry from work and any calls and emails coming to his office phone and pc also show up on it. It drives him nuts because he gets notifications day and night.
post #45 of 48
I'm 42, too, and was thinking the same thing. Older, hah!
post #46 of 48
http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdir...sionId=5120368

tracphone slider w/double minutes included for $29 and free shipping
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http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdir...sionId=5120368

tracphone slider w/double minutes included for $29 and free shipping
Yep, that's the phone I got, just bought it at Target instead.
post #48 of 48
can someone, either here or pm, tell me the best way to view mdc on an itouch?
plus any other itouch hints. the family just got a free one this weekend and so far it's just used for games.
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