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Mobile Devices, Tablets, Smart Phones: Why Apple’s iOS Has the Edge — Again

People tend to be glued to their tablets and smart phones all the time. There seems to be so much to do that cannot be done five minutes later or an hour later when we’re back home for many of us these days. Whether or not that’s really true is for everyone themselves to decide, and if people really do not mind — or even enjoy — the feeling of always being on the leash for someone else and being immediately available for the stupidest of questions and accessible to others all the time, so be it for these ones.

The health implications of these new behavioral patterns are far-reaching though.

Apart from attention spans getting shortened constantly and reasonable thinking being replaced by the mere reflex of hitting “Like” or sending off some pretty useless “emoticon” along with an equally useless photo of what someone may or may not be eating at one particular moment — really, who-the-f*** gives a s***?! — there are non-psychologic health effects as well.

Just look at people around you: having evolved to some level of going upright, it appears as though humanity would be set to reverse that development, constantly needing to look at some little screen displaying sparkling colors, entertaining them while they should actually be walking (in a more relaxed way), or giving them directions (as if one couldn’t use one’s eyes to look around and see where you’re going in most every-day situations). It might not be long until most of us go back to crawling on the floor again, if we continue with our addiction to beg for guidance from something we hold in front of ourselves, developing an increasingly spastic-looking habit of fixation toward this ridiculous and visually insufficient, pixelated thing and its images.

On top of that are the EMF implications, exposure to electromagnetic fields. If you bore with me until now, it is possible that this is the point where your eyes will glaze over. EMFs and their effects on health have been spun so they seem to be for conspiracy theorists and crazies out there only. The fake-news industry has done a great job at this, and now the majority of people are brain-washed into believing that there’s nothing real about health warnings or people cautioning their fellow humans when it comes to cellphone, mobile device, cordless home phone, baby monitor, or similar wireless device use.

I would say, just “follow the money” though. Here’s why:

Lawyers have this thing going for a while now that they can make very good money leading class-action lawsuits against big businesses. Might be only an outrage or a nasty habit of some mediocre ambulance-chasers one might say — were there not the numerous verdicts and settlements finding some of the initial allegations sustainable in court and awarding significant amounts of money to the victims or affected of some established wrongdoing on the part of the industries concerned. Businesses were fast to learn from that and have included pages and pages of disclaimers, user instruction, disclosures, and risk warnings in accompanying documentation with many kinds of product sold to consumers. Of course, it’s all contained in the small-print only, but never mind.

So I’d suggest you get yourself a powerful magnifying glass from your drawer and have a look into cellphone manuals, user instructions for tablets and mobile devices. While we’re at it, we may as well put the blinders the industry and the mainstream media gave us back in!

Now browse through that manual and go right to the last few pages of it…