Random callers

One of the things I don’t get about cell phones or phones in general (since the digital age), is that why should we get calls from random people we don’t know?

With cell phones at least we have a contacts list in our phone, we should be able to block anyone calling us that isn’t a contact and have them go straight to voicemail. If it’s important we can listen to the voicemail. Now, I know there are ways to do this. I know you can enable “do not disturb” in Android and I know Apple has a feature like this too. But it’s limited and kind of bulky. Too many other options. Give me one option, block only random callers at all times. There are apps too, but my overall point is that shouldn’t this have been a feature in these devices, in the software from day one?

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Cellphones – The love-hate relationship.

I’m a techie. Though I wouldn’t go around and tell everyone that. But lets admit it. Maybe I’m a closet techie…. hmm… oh well.

I’ve always had the latest Android phone for the most part. I don’t know how many HTC, and Nexus phones I had. I’ve had this phone now is alright, but I might just completely get rid of it. More on that thought in the future.

The love -hate relationship I have is what I believe most people have. This constant ringing thing, that everyone seems to think because you have a cell phone you should always answer (at least many think this), it’s the ultimate distraction, it ruins conversations and connection with people. I can go on and on.

On the positive, it can help you navigate a place you don’t know. It can help you when you need it most. There are so many good apps/tools and things that can make you more productive and live a better life. Plus let’s not forget how nice it is to have a flashlight at a moments notice! 🙂

You’d think in our society with more and more distracted drivers, that we’d ban these things. Not just driving (yes I know there are countless states that have made it illegal to drive and be on your phone.), in restaurants, at sporting events, schools, stores, and on and on. Have you ever looked around at people at a restaurant? I’d bet at least 60% are looking at their phones. It’s honestly creepy when it’s past 80%. I think to myself,

-what has this world come to?

-Is this what we all really want for ourselves?

I’m leaning more and more toward living without this device. As much as it helps me in so many ways and makes me more productive, it also makes me distracted, constantly interrupted, and not as human.

I do think 10, 20 years from now, they will say cell phones were just as bad if not as bad as cigarettes. For the distraction and addictive aspects. As much as the tech world and cell phone companies want to say it doesn’t have an effect on health, I do wonder what the long term effects of constant cell phone radiation will have on us. I get that, we get radiation all over, including from the sun but I can’t imagine that they are one in the same. Especially since it’s not like we have one cellphone and we keep it 5 feet from our bodies at all times. We have houses 10 feet with wifi routers blasting a signal, every person has a cell phone, and plenty of other wireless devices. I think in all the studies I’ve seen they don’t have long term exposure tested in a realistic environment. Mostly because there is too many variables to conclude it’s cell radiation, wifi, both, or something else altogether.

I’ll continue for now to love-hate this device but I don’t know what the future holds for me and having a cell phone.

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One of the faults in capitalism

Let me start of by saying, I’m all for capitalism and free markets.

Imagine with me. You invent bread. It’s never been tasted or heard of before. You bake it, you taste it, you think “man, I wonder if others would like this.” So you give some away and see what people say. The next day everyone asks, what is this stuff and where can I get more. Boom! A business and industry is born over night.

You start selling more and more. Making more and more. You scale up to be a massive corporation. Everyone eats bread now and everyone loves it.

Then one day you find bread might be making everyone sick slowly. You pay millions of dollars to find the cause and you find that the human body isn’t suppose to have bread, it causes us to get sick over time. People start getting sick, cancer increases, and you don’t know what to do.

Do you create a warning label? Do you tell everyone? Do you stop selling your product? What about all the investors and workers?

Obviously I use bread as an example, I’m being hyperbolic, I’m not saying bread is horrible for you.

This does point out one of the overall faults in capitalism though. In that, we can create something and it becomes so popular we never have the time to gauge the long term effects. These effects could be health, environmental, economical, moral.

Sure you could say it’s all greed. What if it isn’t? What if the creators are weight the good with the bad and saying there is too much good here to just shut it down.

In that example, what would you do?

I’m sure the first thought for many is shut it down, stop selling the product. Can you imagine creating something from nothing. Becoming a billionaire for it. Creating thousands of jobs. Saving people from poverty and starvation. You are a hero in the nations eyes. Helping others live the life they wanted.

All this but at the cost of other peoples lives.

What then? It’s a rock and a hard place kind of moment. You shut it down and stop selling to do the right thing at the cost of losing everything. Hated by many. For only another person to copy what you did and then still keep selling that same product. Because the market has become addicted to it and wants it.

Or keep running, knowing forever till the day you die, your product is causing harm to others. But you’re weighing the good and the bad and it’s only 20% that are really effected by your product. The other 80% is fine.

I can go back and forth with this all day. Morally, for most, it would be shut it down, tell the world, and take the heat. I can point to many products in the world that are for sale right now, that are like this. The cause harm. The creators know it. Many consumers know it. Yet we out weigh the good with the bad and we accept what is in most cases.

I point to products like alcohol, tobacco, cell phones, social media.

I get it, we all want to enjoy ourselves and alcoholic products are an enjoyable way to get there. We know it’s poison for our bodies but the initial effects out weigh the long term for many.

Tobacco, it’s great to smoke a cigar and feel relaxed in the world, but at the cost of slowly damaging parts of our body.

Cell phones and social media go hand in hand in that, they were meant to be tools for us. A means to communicate more easily and transfer information in ways, early man never could’ve imagined. Yet the true long term effects of these “tools” we really don’t understand. Social media is designed to be an addictive product, and many people are becoming addicted. To the point of damaging their lives. Cell phones, I don’t think we all realize how unnatural to always be available. To be able to call anyone anytime and we EXPECT them to answer because it’s their cell phone and we know they have it on them. Disregarding many of the habits and social changes, the health effects of staring at a cell phone screen all the time cannot be good. I know my eyes take a beating looking at all these screens all the time. Since my job requires it, I work through it.

It’s something to think about. I’m not bashing on these industries and saying we should ban them, get rid of them from our lives. Far from it.

What I am saying is that, we must reflect on the damaging effects that capitalism can cause and step back at times to think these things through.

Do not take this as, “well we need more government.” because I promise you that will not solve this fault in capitalism.

The only thing I can think of that can “fix” this fault in capitalism is to have a more educated and questioning of products society.

Instead of the thinking of, “wouldn’t it be great to be able to call anyone anytime?” Flip it around and realize, “wouldn’t it suck if anyone could call you anytime?”

Weigh the good and the bad, decide for yourself what matters to you.

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