Lately, there has been a lot of talk about smartphones and the impact they have on society. Have you noticed how technology has changed your own life, or has it? Is it even likely that we could notice the change, with our heads so deep in our phones? And do we think these changes are for the better, or are they making us lazy and inattentive? Let’s be more specific, have you noticed how much Apple’s iPhones have changed how we do things today, because they seem to be catching most of the heat? IPhones have been accused of distracting society from the things that are important. If these things are true, is it possible the the blame has been misplaced on our beloved smartphones, when instead we should be taking responsibility for our lack of engagement in our own lives?
On, September 11, 2017, The New York Times released a video article titled “Things Apple’s iPhone Helped Destroy.” This article was very intriguing as it made you consider if iPhones actually “destroyed” other forms of technology and human beings, all in one. Let’s list everything The New York Times accused Apple’s iPhone of destroying, shall we: alarm clocks, cabs, cameras, small talk, calendars, compass, address book, work/life balance, postcards, watch, shame and humility, level, maps, anonymity, and photo albums. Could they possibly come up with a longer list?
Personally, I feel that we consider these things to be “destroyed” because we want to put the blame of not being responsible or able to control what/who we empower. on something other than ourselves. The definition of responsibility, as defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary, is the ability to carry out your own decision independently without authorization. While the definition of empowerment, also defined by the New Oxford Dictionary, is the authority or power given to someone to take action, but to elaborate more this it is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s right.
Smartphones, particularly iPhones, cannot destroy anything. We are accountable for the independent choices that we make. We choose to use many apps that iPhone (or any other smartphone device) provides and we continue to use them in our everyday lives. Which is why this connects to the empowerment that we give our devices. We don't allow these different technical devices to control us but we choose to use and control them in our everyday life.
For example, the article states that iPhones demolished small talk when it comes to making contact with others in person. If we take responsibility and empower ourselves to encourage such a simple task then could we really blame iPhones (or other devices) for demolishing something? The choice to talk to somebody is totally up to the people at hand, no one else. The phone isn’t telling you not to talk to somebody in person.
Small talk is only one of the few things the New York times listed as being destroyed by smartphones. Cabs and their services were not destroyed, they were made available though many different apps like Uber, Lyft, and many other companies. This also lowers the rate of people who decide to drive intoxicated since they have these services at their fingertips.
Alarm clocks, cameras, calendars, address book, watch, maps, and photo albums have made things easier and way more interactive through smartphones. We are able to turn on and off alarm clocks or even set them for certain days and never have to worry about resetting them. Our cameras are just as good as a handheld camera, and we are able to post for our photo album and have them at all times since they were taken with our smartphone. Calendars, address book, watch, and maps are also easier to have access too.
Compass, work/life balance, postcards, shame and humility, level, and anonymity have also been made available at everyone’s disposal. But there is more to our phones then the things that they listed. Our smartphones also make information accessible. As a student, gaining information or being able to get information as fast as possible is definitely a benefit. It also allows us to be more interactive with social media, which is constantly on the rise.
Technology will never have a still moment, where it stops improving and making our everyday life easier. There will always be advantages and disadvantages when it comes down to technology, especially our cellular devices. It us up to us, as mankind, to take responsibility and empower ourselves to keep our human attributes, such as small talk. Nevertheless, do you believe iPhones destroyed things or did they make it easier for us? If we are taking responsibility for our own changing interest, as a society, I think it’s safe to say that yes, smartphones are changing the way we do things, but that doesn't mean we can't and don't still appreciate a different, older, and possibly more romantic way. Many people have accused social media of destroying print news, but still here we are in 2018, the age of Twitter and Reddit, debating an article from the New York Times.
We often connect leadership and power, but there is something that differentiates the two. Why do we put those two attributes together? Does a leader automatically have power? Do we consider someone with power a leader?
John Quincy Adams advocated that “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” In this quote, he is implying that being a leader is not about seeking power. Leadership isn’t about how much money you have, how much power you obtain, or how many people follow you, it is about the impact you have on others. Your ability to influence others to better themselves and their community is the true definition of a leader. The opportunity to lead is a privilege that allows you to promote the message of success, hope, and faith to those who follow you.
Often times society places people in leadership roles because of their money, power, and followers such as athletes, celebrities, and entertainers. Someone who we consider a leader (some may agree or disagree) because of the impact they had on others would be Colin Kaepernick, and his silent gesture to take a knee during a NFL game national anthem in 2016 as a protest against social injustice. This gesture was so influential that others soon followed. His impact has not only had a huge influence on his team and other NFL teams, but nationally. His was about to do what most people would consider impossible.
Colin Kaepernick is a great example of how a leader can be anyone regardless of race, sex, age or social status. Each person has the ability to become a great leader. I began by stating that leadership and power are often connected, but there is something the differentiates the two. Power is the end result of true leadership. It is not something that should be sought after, but comes when an individual is recognized as a leader. The purpose of leadership is to achieve worthwhile outcomes for the greater good, not to seek power. With that said, do you consider yourself to be a leader? As you reflect on the question, also ask yourself what kind of impact you hope to make in your community?
Disentangled means to free something or someone from entanglement. Entanglement is an extensive barrier, the act or fact of entangling or being entangled.
As we journey through life, the experiences and circumstances we encounter shape our thoughts, beliefs, the level of trust we place in others and more. Being entangled can put a barrier between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. I have decided to disentangle my life. The process of disentanglement is uncomfortable and it hurts at times. I have been forced to confront issues that I thought I had dealt with.
Every day for two hours, youth athletes are left to the care of and trusted with someone other than yourself. Subliminally and purposely, imparting their values and ways of doing things on our sons and daughters. Six to eight hours a week, for at least three months, your child is under the influence ofanother adult. When thinking about sports we don’t think of the coach as anything other than a coach.
Little League sports was the ultimate socializer before it became every dream was to become a pro athlete.
With the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft the New York Jets select........
As a parent of a child who plays youth sports these days hearing the above phrase, followed by your child’s name would undoubtedly be a moment of pride and absolute enjoyment. One's child reaching a life-long goal is every parents dream. Hard work and effort paying off in any part of life is what we desire; for sports this would be the ultimate ending. According today’s standards, it's the sole purpose of youth sports. Is that what Little League has become? With the amount of money being paid to pro athletes, fame and fortune has become the name of the game.