Smartphone Addiction?

May 5, 2016

Technology is integrated into people’s lives now. If you don’t have a smartphone, a computer, or some sort of Internet access in your home, in the developed world, you are considered part of the minority. They are extremely convenient and popular, which certainly isn’t a bad thing considering all of the advancements that computers and the Internet has given us.

When I was a kid (yes, I know, I sound like a grandfather saying that phrase), I didn’t use a computer at home until I was about 10-11 years old. It was a PC that ran Windows 98. It blew me away all that it could do, and eventually inspired me to go into IT, but I was not on there often. I always had to ask my parents first, and usually the only time I could play on it was on the weekends. I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 16 (when I got my driver’s license, so you can draw your own conclusions there). This (obviously) was not a smartphone, but again, it blew me away all that this phone could do.

Nowadays, it’s so engraved into the everyday life that smartphones, tablets, and computers don’t “blow them away” or intrigue them like it did me. I cannot say that this is a bad thing, but it’s just some perspective.

Now what was the point of me saying all of this? Well, I stumbled across an article from CNN titled “Half of teens think they’re addicted to their smartphones“. This article includes a new poll that states that “fifty percent of teens feel they are addicted to mobile devices”. They also state phrases like “teenage zombies” and having Janis Elspas (founder of Mommy Blog Expert) explain some guidelines that she instills on her family when it comes to technology.

Now while I do agree that there are some that are addicted to technology, I sometimes feel like there’s a huge disconnect between children and parents when it comes to the social element of technology. Social media has certainly started to change that, but as someone who is part of Generation Y, I still feel like a disconnect exists. For many teens and young adults, they use technology as a social tool to communicate between their friends as well as even make new friends. It is a way for me to keep in contact with friends that I simply cannot see as often as I would like to, and allows me to keep “in the loop” as to what they want to talk to me about and vise-versa. Then when we do finally get a chance to have a get-together, we can continue our conversations.

That’s just how it works!

What are your thoughts on smartphone addiction?

That’s all for now, until next time…keep that tech gear ticking.


Mafia Games Monday (MGM) – Taking The “Easy” Road

May 2, 2016

So as you have probably noticed, I have been a little behind on my blog posts. It’s been an interesting past couple of weeks that I would like to share with you all.

As you may know, I am currently a co-owner of a game (Killers Instinct Mafia). I have been working on quite a number of updates to the game: some rather small, others quite monumental in size. One of those updates went in a little after my previous blog post (4/18), and there are of course many more updates to come. While I’m not going to spoil what I’m working on in terms of those updates to you guys, let’s just say that it will change the way that you look at the game once it is completed.

Anyways, so besides working on these updates, I have a number of side projects that I am currently working on, including a couple of them which are quite large in size. All of this is taking quite a lot of my time up, which is sadly taking my time away from my blog. I really enjoy writing these blog posts about things, so it is a bit unfortunate to me.

So with all of this going on, I of course had a number of different opportunities to “take the easy road” so-to-speak. What does that mean?

Shurg Question

Basically, that means that if you had a choice between two roads – one that was a beautiful, asphalt road with no obstacles versus one that was a dirt path with some obstacles in the way, you take the asphalt road. Taking that asphalt road can be smart sometimes, such as a “re-inventing the wheel” thought pops to mind. Why re-invent the wheel, right? However, in many circumstances, taking the asphalt road may come to haunt you!

Take for example that you just got a game and you want to learn programming. The asphalt road would be to not really learn it, just simply copy/paste things that you get from others in forums, modules, what have you in order to get your game up and running. Would you really want to do this all the time? Of course not, you aren’t learning anything about programming doing this. When it comes to making changes to it or updating your game, how are you going to accomplish that with this method? You can’t – and you won’t without some hard-earned cash going to someone else to do it for you.

Do you want that to be your future, or do you want to be self-efficient? Remember: an immediate solution will not fix the long-term problem, much like putting a bucket under a leaking ceiling will not fix the leaking ceiling.

That’s all for now, until next time…keep that tech gear ticking.