Jim’s WebLetter for 9/5/15

Jim’s WebLetter
(also blogged on jimonline.wordpress.com)


This week, I want to talk about obsession and the Internet.  Early in the life of the World Wide Web, polls were conducted and wagging tongues proclaimed that the obsession of the Internet would cause sleepless nights and mood changes to their victims, the users.  While that certainly took place in a large number of people who sat in front of their screens by day and night, it turns out that it wasn’t as big a deal as first thought.

Now, we are in the period of social-ism, as it might be called as social media has become a source that takes our time and divides our attention.  And wouldn’t you know, there’s a poll that gives a breakdown into the world of Facebook, arguably the largest and most famous social medium of our time.  The poll, conducted by a UK Productivity site, shows that the 2000 people in the analysis preferred Facebook to a number of activities, to the point of rudeness.  Take for instance 33 percent polled checked Facebook at the cinema during a film.  You know, they run an announcement prior to the feature presentation reminding you to turn off your phone or at least silence it, but in a dark theatre, a cellphone screen is bright and quite noticeable.

But the compulsion doesn’t stop there.  Thirty-two percent of those responding had updated their Facebook page while taking a shower or bath, 15 percent while actually in the shower, and 56 percent had updated their Facebook page while sitting on the toilet.  OK that might be a little TOO MUCH information.  But the other thing to realize is 76 percent were Facebooking in bed when they should be asleep.  Some 68 percent of respondents were worried by their inability to control their use of Facebook admitting to compulsion. In fact 45 percent said they had made an excuse to leave a social occasion to use Facebook.

If you’re reading this and in the back of your mind thinking, “yea and I do that too”, then, as Jeff Foxworthy claimed about rednecks, you might be a compulsive Facebook user, too.  Borrowing from his delivery … “If you Facebook while talking to your cat, you might be Facebook obsessed”.  Yea that’s in the survey, too.

Read the story and check out the breakdown in compulsive Facebook traits at … http://www.zdnet.com/article/addicted-to-facebook-you-are-not-alone/

While people are Facebooking, they are also watching TV.  Now being called “the new first screen”, tablets and more importantly, smartphones have overtaken the television for screen time.  Some 151 minutes per day on smartphones, next to 147 in front of TVs in America.  In my household, we each have an iPad Air open, our smartphones on and the TV is on.  Sounds a bit extreme, but it’s multitasking to the norm, nowadays.  Truly, technology of the Internet has changed our habits.  Our compulsions.  http://adage.com/article/digital/millward-brown-study-shows-mobile-outpacing-tv/292183/

This week, iTab Magazine, making the iPad kid friendly,  speech to text feature now in Google Docs, and check the new Samsung tablet … http://iTab.jimonline.com

Senior citizens have taken to texting with gusto.
They even have their own vocabulary:
BFF: Best Friend Fainted
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered by Medicare
FWB: Friend with Beta-blockers
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
(Thanks, Paula)
Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, our friend received a jury-duty notice. She called the clerk’s office to remind them that she was exempt because of her age.
“You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” the clerk said.
“But I filled them out last year,” she replied.
“You have to fill them out every year.”
“Why? Do you think I’m getting younger?”
(Thanks, Jeff)
Have a great weekend friends, and until the next one, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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