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Smartphones aren't smart nor are those who use them
Having worked in telecommunications, decades ago in Australia, I have a distinct aversion to RF of all kinds - back in prehistory (before mobile phones) the dangers of exposure to RF was well known; near instant deaths had occurred when people had strayed into the path of a strong radio emitter (radio and television towers are where most occurred back then), these days mobile phone towers are everywhere and cancer clusters are often recorded around them. The most obvious one that stood out, and should've warned all in Nth America, was in the Bay area of S.F. where topography and bad reception meant an overabundance of transmitter towers and, of course, cancer clusters. To this day most western nations do not permit towers near schools, so the actual threat is acknowledged on a certain level. The use of cellphones (mobile phones), with small RF emitters of their own, have coincided with a rise in a variety of brain cancers, and though the official response to early research by industry remains inconclusive you will note that every cell phone comes with a caution in the very fine print embedded in the ownership manual.
As to the value of of having mobile phone access. Back in the day, before mobile phones, 1974 precisely, my boss gave me a handheld two-way radio to keep with me at all times, essentially a mobile phone, so he could call me out on any emergency that might arise at any time (we did all the coverage for Motorolla, Plessey, STC and every other communications company in Sydney back then). It was mostly a very expensive toy for my boss to play with, and it became an annoyance; he'd call me in the middle of dinner, or when i was in a theatre, or while I was doing something else I didn't want interrupted to discuss some minor thing. After about a month of this I gave it back and told him where to shove it - being a critically important employee back then I could do that. When the first mobile phones (cellphones) turned up I thought they wouldn't last long when people realised what an intrusion they were, but the social-climbers were so enamoured that they were even buying fake handsets to look like they were "connected and affluent". The same applies today. The technically challenged need only a finger or a thumb to appear computer-savy with the GUI's of mobile tech, a blessing for me actually as now I hardly get a call to sort out some friend's computer problems'.
My children are both in selective classes and both are not cell-phone oriented, they both have a cell-phone for emergencies but rarely use them, never "text" and aren't interested in most social-networking (facebook twitter etc) having been well-educated regarding the pitfalls associated with those intrusions. They do however have skype where they share homework and social contact with their closest friends who, interestingly, also avoid other online social networking (is this an early sign of a trend?). As for being popular, my daughter is especially so, though this may also be because of her attractiveness and physical maturity - is 14 but looks like a tall 18 year old.
(of course I'm not entirely a Luddite, that I'm posting this on Cnet should prove that point.)
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