I kept seeing the same social media posts all week. They went like this; "Only three more sleeps til I get new phone." "New phone on Friday whoop whoop!" Did you notice them too? They were everywhere. My personal favourite was a Facebook post from a Waterford girl (I'd reproduce it but I'd probably get sued) that went "Jesus girl if Friday doesn't come quick I'll wet myself lol!!" I hope she's not a listener! OK, if you haven't guessed already, there is a new smart phone out today. It's the Samsung S9 and the Samsung S9+. The phone is being delivered to the homes of hundreds of thousands of UK customers via special delivery today, with up to a million more people expected to shell out in excess of £800 to buy theirs online or on the high street over the weekend. It's quite something to witness the frenzy generated by these mobile phone release days. Tech journalists review the devices on YouTube videos that get hundreds of millions of views. Read that line again. If you're driving in town today, be careful. I'm not kidding. Zombies will be unpacking the bastard things, firing them up and walking around while marvelling at the new features.

Mobile phones have replaced television as the methadone metronome, not quite pumping out 150 channels 24 hours a day as Michael Franti memorably sang in 1992, but controlling the user in ways that early telly pioneers could only have dreamed of. No invention has had a more negative impact on humanity than the smart phone. I've written previously that 66% of the population has some form of Nomophobia. Nomophobia being the fear of not being able to use your cell phone or other smart device. Last year, researchers at Korea University in Seoul published a very important paper which claimed that smart phone usage impedes brain function. Peer reviewed studies show that 80% of the worlds population has a smart phone within arms reach all of the time. There are endless academic papers (just google key words like cell phones brain activity) that show how smart phones are having a profoundly negative effect on our ability to concentrate, to think, to study, to work and most importantly to interact with one another face to face. Studies on children who possess smart devices (most do) reveal that the kiddies pick up their phones to check them several hundred times a day. Parents haven't a clue. The media is absent while children are being biologically re-engineered.

Today's new Samsung S9 comes equipped with retina scanner, fingerprint scanner (standard sadly) and a brand new feature, a blood pressure monitor. I kid you not. Business Wire ran a story on this development yesterday afternoon;

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Sage Bionetworks announce the launch of "My BP Lab" a research study that uses surveys and sensor data collected from participants’ phones to quantify and understand their daily stress. The study leverages an optical sensor embedded in the newly-released Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphone to derive estimates of heart rate and blood pressure. With My BP Lab, participants can track variation in their blood pressure relative to daily experiences over the course of the three week study. 

“This study potentially will provide the largest dataset ever obtained on stress levels, health behaviors, and physiological responses during the course of one’s daily life,” said Wendy Berry Mendes, UCSF Professor and Principal Investigator of the My BP Lab study. “By collecting subjective experiences, behaviors like sleep and exercise, and blood pressure levels across a three week period, we can identify the most important triggers of stress physiology.” 

Nothing sinister about that then eh? Using the pretence of looking out for your health, they'll actually be gathering data to help them tighten their grip on you and your grip on your device. So what are we going to do about it? I don't know. It seems that these devices are more addictive than smack and as you know a smackhead will murder his granny to get to a fix. Don't forget the 5G rollout either. See Annie Logical Uncensored website www.vigiliae.org/  Barrie Trower and Max Igan on Youtube for more info on the horror of 5G. Share this info with your friends, especially those with children. It can't be too late. Like I said, google the key words, the studies are there to help you assure them that you are not some tinfoil hat wearing nutter.

 

 

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Richie is the host of The Richie Allen Show and has enjoyed a long, and varied, broadcasting career.