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(io9)   Psychologist claims that the smart phone gives the equivalent satisfaction of a child's security blanket   (io9.com) divider line 21
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886 clicks; posted to Geek » on 04 Apr 2012 at 10:16 AM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-04-04 09:26:40 AM  
Except the electronics get messed up when you fall asleep sucking on it.
 
2012-04-04 10:33:06 AM  
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2012-04-04 10:34:35 AM  
Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.
 
2012-04-04 10:42:44 AM  

cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.


This.
 
2012-04-04 10:45:54 AM  
I guess a security blanket explains some of the belligerent people who moan about turning them off on a plane.
 
2012-04-04 10:49:28 AM  
As a person who downloaded a flashlight app during a power outage this morning, I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-04-04 10:50:34 AM  

cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.


Never mind walk-around internet, I was just thinking about how just 10-15 years ago we didn't have access to all of the world's recorded history at the click of a few keys. That seems so foreign already! How did we ever settle arguments? Encyclopedias?
 
2012-04-04 11:02:22 AM  

animal900: cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.

Never mind walk-around internet, I was just thinking about how just 10-15 years ago we didn't have access to all of the world's recorded history at the click of a few keys. That seems so foreign already! How did we ever settle arguments? Encyclopedias?


That's my reasoning really. I look things up all the time. It's a phone book and encyclopedia and technical manual to everything ever built, all in one.
 
2012-04-04 11:22:41 AM  
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2012-04-04 11:30:03 AM  
I do keep mine next to me when I sleep...
 
2012-04-04 11:30:42 AM  

cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.


Yeah, i can't count the times i've been walking down the street and suddenly must know something like what year the Magna Carta was issued.
 
2012-04-04 11:35:09 AM  
Then you must be a history buff and amateur trivia player like myself because that would come up in conversation.
 
2012-04-04 11:37:37 AM  
Wolfram Alpha does that for me.

/It's on my smart phone.
 
2012-04-04 11:46:20 AM  
I get anxious without my phone, but at the same time I hate being so easily accessible. I have a super clingy aunt, and while I love her: 2 missed calls, 3 texts, 2 Facebook posts and an email from her all before I wake up in the morning is too much for me. It's nice to let the battery die and go on a long bike ride occasionally.
 
2012-04-04 11:49:00 AM  

cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.


That's me exactly, particularly when I'm traveling. I also don't have FB, and it's about finding a gas station or tire place (did that from the roadside in rural Georgia) or checking on my flights. I'd feel a little lost without having that security blanket.
 
2012-04-04 12:04:37 PM  
A child's security blanket provides no real solutions to anything. The child has an emotional fear of problems or dangers that do not exist. The security blank soothes these fears by providing no actual security or solutions.

A smartphone allows communication with loved ones, the ability to find restaurants and order food or navigate, entertainment through games, the ability to store, view and send work and school documents, a quick way to see weather projections, reminders and to-do lists, the ability to capture/view/share memorable moments through built in cameras. Even the above mentioned flashlight application solves a real problem

A smartphone solves real problems and promotes real efficiency in every day life. That is nothing like a security blanket.
 
2012-04-04 12:11:07 PM  
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2012-04-04 12:18:15 PM  

taurusowner: A child's security blanket provides no real solutions to anything. The child has an emotional fear of problems or dangers that do not exist. The security blank soothes these fears by providing no actual security or solutions.

A smartphone allows communication with loved ones, the ability to find restaurants and order food or navigate, entertainment through games, the ability to store, view and send work and school documents, a quick way to see weather projections, reminders and to-do lists, the ability to capture/view/share memorable moments through built in cameras. Even the above mentioned flashlight application solves a real problem

A smartphone solves real problems and promotes real efficiency in every day life. That is nothing like a security blanket.


Came to say this.

/is it a security blanket if it actually provides security?
//Had to call 911 from my smart phone once when I was watching a drunk driver on a freeway go from rumble-strip to rumble-strip
///Then used the GPS + maps to take the next exit and find a different route
 
2012-04-04 12:45:32 PM  

cgraves67: Well, I do feel pretty vulnerable when I'm without my walk-around internet. But I'm not on FB, so it's more about having the ultimate reference tool than an emotional connection to my network of associations as proposed in the article.


Pretty much. Every time I leave my phone behind, I feel like I'm reenacting the second half of Flowers for Algernon.
 
2012-04-04 03:38:10 PM  
I'm going to have to say that based on the article, you can get just about any job and still be an idiot.

/Posted from my Android
 
2012-04-04 11:31:41 PM  
You forgot ', brain tumors,' subby.

/yeah, there's a microwave transmitter in your cell phone, and you hold it next to your head for hours on end
 
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