Friend and colleague Barbara Marie Brannan on Apple and iPhone addiction:
That’s an argument being made these days because research indicates that, 1) humans are prone to addictions, and, 2) Apple’s customers are human, and, 3) it looks as if smartphones are addictive, and, finally and as always, 4) Apple is to blame.
Farhad Manjoo writing in The New York Times says it all.
It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone
Now, statistically speaking, iPhone users actually use their iPhones more than Android smartphone owners. Are not iPhone customers more educated, more knowledgable about such addictions, and doesn’t that make the whole “Apple is to blame” argument rather senseless?
I have a theory about elections and politicians that is related to iPhone addiction. Everyone is disappointed in Congress, right? The majority of voters are disappointed in President Trump. I get that. But the real problem is not elected officials. The problem lies in those who did the electing. The voters. They need to know how to vote better. They don’t. So, let’s come up with a better voter education and performance system. And why is there a one-person, one-vote system anyway? If you’re a smarter voter, shouldn’t you get more votes?
I’ll buy that but where is this going?
Likewise, if you’re an iPhone customer, aren’t you already knowledgable about the dangers of smartphone addiction and shouldn’t we be talking to Google instead of Apple?
Seems reasonable, no?