Article Name: “On second thought: Maybe Smartphones make us ‘Super Stupid’?” Author: John D. Sutter
Article Date: 9/12/2012
Page #: 2
This article is a live discussion between the author and readers. This article is about how readers reacted to a CNN story on the powers of smart phones and how smart phones affect our lives. The author believes that smart phones could make us superhuman but the other commenters think otherwise such as one who wrote “The next time a teenager almost kills you while they are texting little love letters while driving, you better hope you are superhuman. “ Another reader wrote “Superhuman? Really? I look around and see a bunch of Google-heads getting fatter, dumber, and poorer in spite of all their gadgets who wouldn’t know how to blow their noses without ‘Googling’ how”. Even though there are so many benefits to an always connected society where smart phones help rural areas get information they never had access to, or bring medical professionals into difficult-to-reach locations. Commenters also pointed out physical dangers to smart phones.
In 2010 in the US, more than 3,000 people died in crashes that involved distracted driving, which included sending texts and using the phone; and more than one in 10 fatal crashes involving people younger than 20 were reported to be related to distracted driving. A 2011 world health organization report found that radiation from mobile phones that are held up to a person’s ear can possibly increase the risk of cancer. The group placed these risks in the same category as those from lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.
• Some commenters say mobile phones are overpowering us. • Readers react to a CNN story on the powers of smartphones. • Instead of “superhuman,” one reader says phones make us “SuperStupid”. • Commenters raise issues of safety, health and...