Smartphones: Mind-controlling parasites we love

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone with pictures of what look like shells

This very thoughtful opinion piece by my fellow tutor-blogger Kevin Seah could not be more relevant to the kids of today  Generation Z or the Millennial Generation. As a member of Gen X (I am in my 40s), I never cease to be astounded by the smartphone or what I call my “pocket monster”. There is more computing power in the palm of my hand now than in a computer that filled an entire room in the 1980s. You would do well to ruminate on the way you use your pocket monster, young men and ladies. It has the power to either greatly boost your academic outcomes, or ruin them. Your call.

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For a few years, I’ve been affectionately referring to my smartphone as my mind-control device. Let’s all admit that almost all of us are firmly addicted to our smartphones because of the tiny spurts of dopamine (one of the “pleasure chemicals” in our brains) we get when we see our “likes” increasing, or when we read an entertaining article, or when we — once again! — match three of those colourful candies/fruits/jewels. This reward system that has been designed into our smartphones has a huge impact on our thoughts and desires, and has caused what I call a “crisis of attention” in too many of our children and a considerable number of adults as well. For some, smartphones have become parasites.

Read more here.

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A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from NUS, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 470,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ yahoo.com (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by Steven Ooi, and qualifications will be checked to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.
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2 Responses to Smartphones: Mind-controlling parasites we love

  1. Mr Seah says:

    Pocket monster, as in… Pokemon? Haha.. Trying hard to be down with the kids eh? 😉

    And thanks for the link! 🙂

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