This could actually be a problem for implementing the total surveillance/no-cash society. It could also reduce the level of entrainment and social control imposed via the mass media and social media. Happiness and social autonomy are always problematic for tyranny.
Dozens of students at Adelphi University, a private university in Garden City, New York, abandoned their smartphones for a week, it was part of a college course that would break the cycle of addiction of their dependence on technology, reported CBS NewYork.
CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff interviewed several students last week who were finally reunited with their smartphones.
Dannenberg had to write notes and keep a journal of tasks because without a smartphone, he was basically paralyzed from completing some of life’s simplest tasks.
One student told Gusoff that “I’m freaking out, I could probably cry right now.” The student said she didn’t have a smartphone for a week.
Professor Donna Freitas, who experimented with students, said it was a bold challenge for students to recognize just how dependent they’re on technology.
Dannenberg told Gusoff that after ditching his smartphone for a week, life is truly amazing. “I’m having a lot of better relationships… it’s a stress-free environment no pressure about social media,” he said.
Student Adrianna Cigliano said, “I think it’s really refreshing and relaxing… I was able to fall asleep a lot easier” without the phone.
Cigliano added that “Doing homework was 100 percent easier. I got it done faster, and I was in the zone.”…