Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Is Your Smart Phone Affecting Your Situational Awareness?

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How many times do you look at your smart phone in a 5 minute time frame? A Better question is- how long are you not looking at your smart phone?

Smart phone's provides a plethora of information at our fingertips. Information that is constantly getting sent and or received. Whether your looking at scores of the big game, responding to an e-mail from your boss, or texting your girlfriend- it tends to grab our attention. Especially with all the social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and so on. We can all agree that smart phones have changed our attention span or take our attention away from whats going on in the world in front of us.

How many times do you sit in the same room with your friends or loved ones while playing with your smart phone? It's that captivating to most of us.

I've read countless reports of pedestrians being hit by vehicles while texting/walking and not paying attention. The smart phone grasps attention so well that people have not heard a speeding car coming their way. What about a bad guy coming to rob you or do you harm. Would you hear or see them? In many states its illegal to drive and operate a smart phone due to the countless accidents associated with use. Forget about the possibility of you being tailed and trying to lose them- hitting a tree or 18 wheeler isn't much for survival is it?

Start being cognizant about the amount of time you are on your phone while walking, driving, and while just standing around. Next time your shopping or in town; start watching everyone else as they focus all their attention on their smart phones. It will surprise you. These folks look like mindless zombies stumbling around. What I like to call "soft-targets". They are making it easy for any criminal opportunist to ambush them.

I'm not saying to not look at or operate your smart phone. Just start recognizing the amount of time you spend on it and how it could affect your situational awareness.  Pay attention to your surroundings and don't spend more than 10 straight seconds staring at it without noticing your surroundings. Not to mention take a minute and enjoy whats going on around you and update your status later!

8 comments:

  1. You might want to write this while not looking at your smart phone. Check out the missing punctuation, misspelled words, etc. lol

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    1. Are you a college English professor? Hopefully you payed attention to the article other than proof reading it. I'd hate for you to also be a soft target!

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    3. 'When you look at a tree, see it for its leafs, its branches, its trunk and the roots, then and only then will you see the tree'

      in other words, stop being a nit picky little cunt.

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  2. Good article, Jack. I joke about my smartphone being my "pacifier" but I never considered how it might affect my SA. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Nice article i really like this article thanks for this article.

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  4. Yes, finally somebody put my thoughts to a deserving post. Thanks Jack!
    Been cautioning those around me not to lower their situation awareness by such unnecessary attentiveness to their mobile phones - all the time.

    Though not recent, here was a real-life incident warning against such careless phone use: A nurse in China was paying close attention to her mobile phone as she stepped out of a crowded lift..

    The result was disastrous - fatal to be exact!

    Warning: Graphic content in this news clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LttC_1fDN_E

    Stay sane & safe. :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing this I think its useful that people avoid talking about.Who knows when a risk may happen along these lines numerous individuals are ill-equipped on the grounds that they are uninformed of what to do. The most well-known counsel I provide for individuals in any circumstance whether there is a risk is to be caution be mindful to utilize your smartphone.~Frank.

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