How Smartphones Change The Way You Think | Jeff Butler | TEDxHilliard



welcome to Jing Chou China a booming city with many local attractions it's a sunny day aside from a light smog and noisy from the traffic zipping by on the busy street a woman walks hand-in-hand with her two-year-old son she's excited to start her weekend shopping spree the two of them sit down at a bus stop and wait for the oncoming bus in order to pass time the mother pulls out her smartphone and starts to play games but after a short while the mother hears a loud crack starved she looks up and realizes she's missing something her two-year-old son she then looks in the direction of the crack to find her two-year-old son is bleeding to death underneath a white van her son were not when she was not looking he was immediately rushed to the hospital but did not make it in time leaving the mother roadside weeping this is a true story from the shanghai Chronicle and that is why I'm here today to talk to you about why are we so hooked with our smartphones this talk will be divided into three different parts the first part is how I began studying smartphone usage second is how do you get pulled into using your smartphone and third but last but not least our tips that you can use after this talk to have a more empowering and efficient relationship with your smartphone now it's pretty easy to scalp out someone who stuck to their smartphone many of us have an image of someone walking across the street unaware of the surroundings playing the game like I don't know Pokemon go this might be funny but it's a different story when it happens in your own life recently I took a big financial risk I could add a job in the pursuit of my entrepreneurial dreams but it was not a yellow brick road I immediately lost money and relationships and more money relationships that I lost the more time I spent to my smartphone trying to forget the reality that I lived in but it was in seconds minutes or hours but days where I was trying to forget who I was as a person that is what led me to study smartphone usage some people say were hooked others dependent some researchers even go so far to say as we are addicted regardless of the label to figure out what's what's really going on let's look at the number one smart phone using country in the world South Korea in 2015 South Korea was reported that it had 88 percent of its population as smartphone users in addition to that stat a government survey concluded that one out of every South Korean child showed symptoms of smartphone addiction to put this in perspective how many of you know someone was an alcoholic well the thing is is that the National Institute of alcoholism states that one out of every 12 Americans are alcoholics which is a lower ratio the number of children with self in South Korea who have smartphone addiction now what is addiction that's such a big word to throw around well the science social review a couple researchers and article concluded that if you have some of the following symptoms you could have smartphone addiction disregard negative consequences chronic anxiety or lack of impulse control I'm sure many of us here have a smartphone in either our pocket or purse and if you keep checking that during the talk that has lack of impulse control which is a symptom of smartphone addiction since the United States is increasing the smartphone usage in fact were projected to hit 70 percent in a couple of years it's more imperative than ever to understand why as addictions are taking place in other countries if we do not learn there's a strong possibility that we will also follow in their footsteps now how do we get pulled into using our smartphones well I'm going to go over two different ways the first one is sociological peer pressure how many of you get frustrating when someone does not respond to a text message fast enough come on yeah we all do that why because there's a possibility that someone can respond immediately so in a way we expect it and being a recipient you want to be a good spouse significant other or co-worker so what do you do well you make yourself just that much more available here that much more available there and it's perpetuates to a point where you're literally on your phone 24/7 because you're trying to keep up with external obligation it may also notice this is very common in the workplace managers literally have their employees on a leash because the convenience factor of Technology employees now they bring their home work home saying oh I have to take care of some 9:00 p.m. emails what we find though is that moving forward that some countries are fighting back France recently announced that they are outline banning emailing for companies more than 50 people on the weekends that's that's funny isn't it the thing is is that they state that people have the right to disconnect people have the right to disconnect doesn't mean that you also have the right to disconnect in America because the convenience factor that technology brings to our daily lives or expected to be more available through external obligation now that's the peer pressure aspect what about the neurological aspect what happens in our brains well there's a lot of ways this happens I'm going to go over one for the short talk and that is through notifications yes text messages emails or an app on your phone telling you is a one degree change in the weather and when you receive this notification you feel good why well loved one just texted from across the United States or you finally figured out that UPS package finally arrived at your doorstep but underneath the happiness the brain is secreted dopamine and an instant the brain associates dopamine with a notification creating a bond also known as an arrow Association therefore when you look for that notification in the future or rather the dopamine you look for the notification and there you go round and round notification dopamine notification dopamine but the brain takes it one step further after that it becomes desensitized instead of needing 5-10-15 notifications to feel that hi you now need 20 50 or 100 you're essentially running a treadmill of dopamine through notifications but is that really that bad I mean sure you're stuck on your phone but more and you feel good from all that dopamine hits well here's an interesting question how many of you tuned me out for a couple of seconds hopefully not minutes during this talk we do this all the time think of a really boring meeting when someone uninteresting is talking so what do you do you say well I'm gonna tune them out for a little bit so you take out your phone you look down for a dopamine hit huh you see you have a rhythm where you expect dopamine hits and if I'm not fast enough you tune me out because you've adapted to the rapid stimulus of notifications from your phone making everyday tasks such as reading writing or simply talking to a friend difficult out of all places Margaret's off corporation supports this point of view stating that in the digital age our attention span has now dropped down to eight seconds headlining I kid you not your attention span is less than a goldfish thanks Microsoft William powers in this book Hamels blackberry points out the caveat to this thinking as he says the greatest thinkers of our time that were considered geniuses were able to apply their intelligence and focus depth to their work to bear forth new ideas the ability to focus or have depth is what makes life rich intellectually emotionally or through meaning end quote yes the practicality that smartphones brings to our daily lives is phenomenal but it comes at the price of shallow thinking is not what we do in the digital world that's so powerful but rather outside of the digital world who are able to analyze interpret the information for deeper meaning unfortunately from adapting to the rapid stimulus notifications we are less able to focus now I know that sounds really scary because now your attention spends less than a goldfish according to Microsoft so what do you do about this well I put in three tips in this speech that could help out with this predicament the first one is you get to play psychotherapist for a bit write down why why do you want to have why do you check your phone so much maybe you're excited because a loved one might text you guilty because your boss is on your back or maybe you might want to escape you want to avoid that escape reason it's an easy segue into addiction that's the first reason second very common advice but it's turn your phone off during certain times of the day first thing in the morning lasting an evening because smartphones have been shown to drop sleep cycles or more importantly during moments of intellectual depth and focus big of lunch with a friend or dinner with your kids just put it away that's tip number two tip number three is reducing the number of notifications coming to your phone yes I know it feels great being a micro celebrity when your phone keeps going off in front of your friends but honestly no one cares except for you what you'll find is as you reduce the number of notifications the ability to focus Rises and correspondence to review play psychotherapist for a bit write down why to turn off your phone during certain times of the day and three reducing the number of notifications coming to your phone going back now to Jing Jie Zhao China with the woman weak and roadside because of the death of her son we no longer see an oblivious parent but rather there was a battle at hand for the mother's attention a one hand or smartphone the other her son in this case the smartphone went out yes the practicality that smartphones brings to our daily lives is phenomenal but it comes at the price and near addictive behavior and the shortening of our attention spans some pay higher price than others but as we learn to master this new technology just like any other innovation in the past we will be brought to new heights of achievement and the point of this talk is to reveal those unattended consequences so we can use it as a stepping stone to those bitter Heights thank

48 Comments

  1. Acutus Lux said:

    Microwave technology is not a technology you want to play with…

    June 30, 2019
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  2. Hailey Heather said:

    can someone tell me what to look up or put the link for the news report of the mother loosing her son while using her phone? I am doing a debate on the negative impacts of cell phones. Please and thank you.

    June 30, 2019
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  3. Mr Tungsten said:

    Get off your phone now

    June 30, 2019
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  4. Justin said:

    Good talk but the hand movements as if he was acting the situation out were cringe lol.

    June 30, 2019
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  5. Muhammad Isarai said:

    Very good talk
    I m a retailer and sell smartphone and tablet kids as young 8 years old getting reworded with gifts smartphones by their parent very sad but many people don't understand the danger involved

    June 30, 2019
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  6. X-Waffles said:

    Who else is watching on their smartphone?

    June 30, 2019
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  7. Mike Mattson said:

    i have not owned a phone in 2 years! i don't think i'll ever get another one!

    June 30, 2019
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  8. Michael Farnolo said:

    This was honestly one of the greatest talks Ive ever heard – especially because he spoke about our attention spans. I'm mad its only got 94,809 views – nobody wants to hear the truth lol its too difficult to face reality as it is

    June 30, 2019
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  9. Christian Zepeda said:

    Cell phone addiction is bad and all but by using a comparison among alcoholics in America and the survey taken in South Korea about child cell phone addicts, it does not make sense with such a high population difference.

    June 30, 2019
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  10. Cameron Lloyd said:

    1:10 you can see his phone in his pocket

    June 30, 2019
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  11. Jitter_PVP said:

    7 B 😁😁😁

    June 30, 2019
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  12. HasanAliDeniz said:

    Fbo

    June 30, 2019
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  13. Zyro Dot ec said:

    This video changed my vision of all of this. I'll change my behavior

    June 30, 2019
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  14. Shane Gunn said:

    I don't agree. Notifications are distractions, not 'dopamine hits.' To put bluntly, smartphones aren't the deceptive object; rather the English used to describe and exaggerate it in a propagandized way. The illusive use of words used by Jeff are used as I saw in a large, stretched, truth. Basically, the entire eleven minutes I spent watching this, I was wasting my time and was listening to a red herring. Sorry if some cannot dig shallowly enough to see it.

    June 30, 2019
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  15. Adnan Qamar said:

    I found it impossible to rid myself of my cell phone addiction. So, instead of using cell phone as an 'entertainment' and a device to distract me from doing from my work, I started to use it to study and work – as a tool that increases my productivity.

    June 30, 2019
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  16. Bruno Villoria said:

    thumbs up if you listened to this from a smartphone 🙂

    June 30, 2019
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  17. The1stA said:

    Cellphones …. CELL (locked into and trapped )phone

    June 30, 2019
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  18. darthdude said:

    throw ur phone away. ppl managed just fine before them.

    June 30, 2019
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  19. Logiarhythm said:

    Dopamine
    On dopamine
    On dopamine

    We have been overrun by our animal desire
    Addicts of the immediate keep us obedient and unaware
    Feeding this mutation, this Pavlovian despair

    We've become
    Disillusioned
    So we run
    Towards anything glimmering

    Time to put the silicon obsession down
    Take a look around, find a way in the silence
    Lie supine away with your back to the ground
    Dis- and re-connect to the resonance now
    You were never an island

    Unique voice among the many in this choir
    Tuning into each other, lift all higher

    June 30, 2019
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  20. Chhuparustom Blog said:

    I love it

    June 30, 2019
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  21. Joe Towers said:

    8 seconds? He's right! Do you know how I know? I googled it on my phone!

    June 30, 2019
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  22. Andrew Williams said:

    Mobile phones can be useful if not used all the time. People are being controlled by others & friends by being in contact too much by text or phone asking where they are & what are they are doing. There are too many control freaks about. Everyone needs chill out space.  People are not looking where they are going in the streets because they're looking at their phones.

    June 30, 2019
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  23. Belcoth Tan Cheng Fai said:

    North Korea have 0 phone addiction!

    June 30, 2019
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  24. Winchestah said:

    Yeah just ban stuff. That always works.

    June 30, 2019
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  25. Andrew Bolay said:

    I witnessed this with a former friend . He changed soon after he started using it . I thought it was my imagination.

    June 30, 2019
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  26. NIRICA said:

    sensationalist

    June 30, 2019
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  27. PreppyKiddo77 said:

    Thanks!!! This video is waking me up! Everyone should see this!

    June 30, 2019
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  28. IVIIiIIVI said:

    Negligent mothers….anyway, SMARTPHONES!! That's what's really goin on.

    June 30, 2019
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  29. Ross Meldrum said:

    I find the use of the term "Smartphone" to be a real oxymoron, considering these devices are not smart or phones. Their actually a radio and a small computer that cannot think for its self.

    June 30, 2019
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  30. Марк Очиров said:

    like

    June 30, 2019
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  31. Channing Bartlett said:

    The man is talking about the horrors of short attention span while under the gun of the TED high pressure, short span format (maximally rehearsed for people in a hurry). Very creepy

    June 30, 2019
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  32. FWS B-H said:

    Right 2 Disconnect – Absolutely.

    June 30, 2019
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  33. Jabbar Davis said:

    You have some people that live in destituted. They don't have a pc, lab top, and a smartphone is the only internet connection they have!

    June 30, 2019
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  34. Glenn said:

    Smartphone Zombies is a better term.

    June 30, 2019
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  35. starvingartistvideos said:

    why is he so animated and text book boring and …on tedx

    June 30, 2019
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  36. Bev Taylor said:

    (It's a figurative leash.)

    June 30, 2019
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  37. contrafax said:

    This is one of the reasons I got rid of most of my social media accounts. This is really the only one I have left and it is not on my phone.

    June 30, 2019
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  38. Benjamin P. Ellis said:

    "Gooder heights."?????? Really? Better heights

    June 30, 2019
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  39. glimps.xyz said:

    Let's become #SocioActive again. Connect with people, admire and #FeelGood. It is infectious. Browse glimps.xyz and start connecting.

    June 30, 2019
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  40. Bojo David said:

    I had smart phone addiction. I then "upgraded" to a flip phone with no internet. Its way cheaper ($25 a month) and well I'm not as distracted anymore.

    June 30, 2019
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  41. erick hidayat said:

    constant notifications from facebook & instagram are driving me crazy, so i turn them off. i receive notifs whenever i log in… that's relieving. so many good points here. 👍

    June 30, 2019
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  42. Annette Sleeping-Bear said:

    I love my technology, however, I quite often miss phone calls when I'm at work, because I dont answer the phone while im at work.

    June 30, 2019
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  43. N Giroux said:

    Ive been talking about this for years. People not paying attention in the grosery stores and even without thier smart phones, there has been a dramtic shift in connection. Im a HSP which means i pick up on the behaviors of others.. The disconnect meaning how much more often I could hear from my babies and face to face then i do now and they live hours or days away., I cut down on my notifications, hence is the reason why there is a dnd setting in the new smart phones today. Im very mindful of the world around me and not to contrdict myself here but to put out the word that i really miss my childen in the way he talks about. .

    June 30, 2019
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  44. AllPerspectives said:

    I'd say this info is a bit outdated, and I feel like he tries to speak for more people than actually relate. He didn't even provide any resolution at the end, idk felt kind of preachy and more like a highschool PowerPoint that was researched for a couple days. The shock -value intro didn't balance with the rest of the speech, and he wasn't even that funny. Yes, I know I'm being very critical, I just feel like it was a shallow presentation that could have gone deeper.

    June 30, 2019
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  45. Max Email said:

    good message but delivery is like comedy

    June 30, 2019
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  46. Bizzle GTi said:

    brilliant video

    June 30, 2019
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  47. Jeff G. said:

    I work from home as an internet marketer and web designer. I have 7 computer screens in front of me for 7 hours a day. When I go out, I am totally unplugged. As a matter of fact, I am proud to say "I don't have a mobile phone" and I get to enjoy "LIFE". I'm not "Trapped by an APP".

    June 30, 2019
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  48. Naman Rana said:

    I am saving money to buy xiomi next year..i will have 2 smartphones😂..will even get moto's screen fixed..3 smartphones😂

    June 30, 2019
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