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Does your cell phone control your life?

cell-phoneTweets, texts, posts, blogs, status update, newsfeed, vlog, snap chat, vine. . . a new set of vocabulary that runs our lives.

20 years ago when your phone rang, you had to be home to answer it. Today our phones travel with us, and we are so dependent on them that we check them every six-and-a-half minutes. It’s the first thing we do in the morning, and it’s the last thing we do at night.

Phones are not just used for calling anymore. We check email, text, socialize, bank, keep time, shop, take photos, surf the web, listen to music, game, run our businesses, get directions, read, etc., etc. on our phones. A person checks their smartphones an average of 150 times during a 16 hour day

Technology is beginning to merge with our humanistic lives. We are living 2 lives. Your real life and your tech life. Technology has created a new type of relationship. A “behind the screen” relationship. It’s like virtual reality. You interact with a person that you could reach out and call or visit with, but you choose to socialize on your terms.

Social networking has given us a new kind of freedom, but you basically give up your right to privacy by interacting on social networking. On Facebook or Snap Chat people capture, do, and say things that they normally wouldn’t say or do in person. Communication becomes a little foggy, people become a little bold behind the screen, and many times reality doesn’t seem real anymore until you pay for the consequence later!

We are connected all the time.

Does your Device control your life, or do you use your Device to enhance your life?

Could you turn off your phone for a day? How much does your phone define who you are?

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What type of Facebooker are you?

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Facebook is a social network service founded by Mark Zuckerberg February 2004. It is the number one social network service in the world. Here are some cool stats about Facebook:

Total number of Facebook users: 1.11 billion
Daily activity Facebook users: 665 million
Total number of Facebook likes since launch: 1.13 trillion
Average time spent per Facebook visit: 20 minutes

Facebook has had a poor history of informing its users of changes, and can be pretty cumbersome to use when it comes to protecting your privacy. I found a great site that helps you set up your account for maximum privacy and security, check it out: www.facecrooks.com

Don’t get me wrong, I “like” one thing about Facebook, it’s a great tool for keeping in touch with family and friends. One thing that makes Facebook interesting are its types of users. Here are a few Facebook characters that keep our walls interesting from day-to-day.

The Chronic Inviter. “Support my cause. Sign my petition. Play Mafia Wars with me. Come to my event! This is the person that wants you to get involved with whatever their involved with.

The Chronic Pinterest Poster. This is someone who posts things that should be posted on Pinterest boards. Not all your friends like coin collecting.

The Peeper. The Peeping Toms of Facebook, someone who rarely updates their status or writes on your wall. But once in a while, you’ll be talking to them and they’ll mention something you posted, so you know they’re on your page, lurking in the shadows. It’s just a little creepy.

The Random poster. Someone who posts a 2 word status that no one else gets! Huh??

The “every move I make” poster. Those people who post every move they make when they wake up, until they say nighty night.

Facebook Clueless. This is someone who posts personal information on their status wall that is meant for someone specific, it should be a posted as a “message” to someone but they don’t know how to use Facebook, (LOL!!)

The Group messenger. This is probably the most annoying user in my opinion. Someone who leaves a group message to every friend in his Facebook, not realizing that every time someone responds to the message, we all get it!

The Tagger. Someone who tags you in random photos that you’re not even in, then you continue to get comments from everyone else who was tagged. Yikes!!

The Promoter. We all like to post our most treasured accomplishments, but this is someone who brags about their accomplishments almost every post. I’m thankful that I don’t have many friends like this. Those that do brag, I’m proud of!!

What type of Facebooker are you?

How I use my iPad

  1. Surf on the Couch. Let’s start with the most obvious use for the iPad. Have you ever been watching TV and wondered where you’d seen a particular actor before? Having IMDB, Wikipedia and the rest of the web at your fingertips from the comfort of your couch can be a wonderful thing
  2. Word Games. I’m not much of a gamer, but I do enjoy word games, so I play Word with Friends, and SpellTower casually to clear my mind. It’s also fun having a social relationship with old friends and family just by playing a simple game.
  3. Blogging. I use my iPad to write articles for my blog. WordPress has a nice app for posting and editing articles. The iPad is great for surfing the net for research and handles photo storage and export through Dropbox nicely.
  4. Say Goodbye to Premium Cable. Have you ever wanted to ditch premium cable? The ability to stream Netflix and Hulu Plus directly to your HDTV via Apple’s Digital AV Adapter means you can replace your premium channels without being forced to watch movies on a smaller screen. And considering the amount of television available on those two services, some people could dump cable completely.How to Connect the iPad to Your TV. I haven’t taken the full plunge yet, but accessing Direct TV on my iPad is a great option right now.

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