Jonesing While Spectating Can Have Consequences–Welcome to the Digital Age


Woman looking at daughter’s cell phone during NBA game doesn’t see ball coming.

There are probably a million examples of trying to text while living, some of them entirely inconsequential, like texting and watching TV, but for this woman, seemingly gazing at her daughter’s cell phone, she paid a higher price, the ball whizzing from the court like a missile and landing square in her face.

What’s the takeaway? In a way, this woman got lucky.  What if she had been crossing the street or worse, driving a car with her grandchild and was texting or gazing at her own or daughter’s smartphone like she was at the basketball game?  Cell phones have costs–social, psychological, financial, and even medical.

Jonesing is Internet slang for being tempted to want or do something, like answering a text or email or in this case maybe a photo.   Wearers of the new Apple watch say they have to decide if you want every email to buzz on your wrist, or just those from your VIPs? Or, How about social apps like Twitter–when should you let them ring your watch?

The Apple watch is really a wrist computer.  It starts at $350 and goes all the way up to $17,000.

This is no small deal.  Next time you hear someone’s phone ring or buzz from a text or tweet, watch their face light up.  Is it FOMO?  Welcome to the digital age.  It’s not just social, it’s chemical, too.  Our brain squirts a little dopamine every time there’s a stimulus we want to respond to.  It could be the sight of a delicious cookie, an aroma, or a text buzz.

But there a benefits to consider.  Constantly connected means never missing out, getting important information, like a meeting notification, not missing a flight, hearing from a loved one, or being able to respond to an emergency.

Now insurers are upping the ante. Now John Hancock will become the first life insurance company to introduce reduced life insurance premiums for people who live a healthy lifestyle, the theory being that insurers will have to  pay out life and disability policies.  John Hancock’s program is being operated through a partnership with Vitality, a global wellness company that works with employers and health insurers in the U.S. They track insureds’ activity through smartphones and Fitbit watches, which can be set to automatically upload activity levels to the insurer.

Fitbit - Surge Large-Size Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor - Black - Larger Front

Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch: Built with GPS tracking and continuous, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, Surge displays real-time workout stats like distance, pace, elevation climbed, and heart rate intensity, so insurers can track your training.

Rewards include reduced insurance programs of up to 15 per cent, Amazon gift cards, half-price stays at Hyatt Hotels, and other perks.

The digital age is dizzying in its impact on our lives.  Just be careful how you use it.




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