I can't even imagine what the suicide and and homicide and just the rates of depression, you know, an accidental deaths due to overdose are going to look like in the future. IT's gonna reach epidemic proportions. IT's already the the the statistics already alarming. And yet nobody's sounding any alarm bells. The digital dementia. This is a real medical term right now. This is the idea that we're outsourcing our brains to our smart devices were so reliance on our smartphones that are smartphones are making a stupid.Does that make sense? That I mean, IT's convenient. I don't wanna, I don't wanna memorise five hundred phone numbers, right? Nobody wants to do that, but we've lost the abilITy to memorize one. If I give you a seven digIT number, now, how difficult would IT be? You find that kind of difficult to memorize, like a phone number that used to do years ago? Yes, yes, because we're are, if I take my arm, I put into a sling for six months, does it stay the same? Would even grow stronger. It would what? It would atrophy and grow weaker. Same thing with your mental muscles if you're relying on your phone to keep your schedules your to dos do simple. I went out to dinner with ten people. Uh recently there was a ten of us and three people at the end pulled out their phones to divide the check the bill by ten. We've lost the ability to be able to do certain things.
And so what that's where digital dimension is. Smart devices could be extremely convenient, but they could be crippling also. So it could be balanced. Can I borrow someone's phone? please? Anyone? Thank you. Ok. There is a subconscious reaction to these devices when we use them. Okay, what if I were to hold my phone while i'm talking to you? I'm not checking IT. IT's not buzzing. IT's not be ping. I'm not even nothing. I'm just holding it. Do you feel at this moment that you are the most important thing to me right now? No, you do not. Because there is a subconscious reaction we have to the device. When it is out, it makes the people around us feel that they are less important. So we walk, we're walking down the halls in our offices and somebody says, hey, boss can ask you a question. You go, sure what's on your mind. We're just told them they're not that important, or we can go, sure what's on your mind. And if you don't have a pocket, find a shelf, put it on the shelf, come back and say, sure what's on your mind when we show it to a meeting or lunch or a dinner with our colleagues, our clients, or our friends or our families. And we put the phone on the table. We have announce to everyone in the room that they are not that important to us. And by the way, putting the phone upside down is not more polite. My favorite one is when the meeting or at a lunch with someone that the phone will ring on, the caller I d will pop up and they will go, i'm not gonna get it. Oh, so magnanimous.Oh, lucky to eat with you today. Or they could just put the damn thing away. You can tell how addicted we are when somebody pulls out their phone when you're with them. How uncomfortable does that make us feel? You're walking down the street with someone, they pull their phone out, we feel stupid. So what do we do? We pull our phones out. We're so addicted.
Somebody goes to the bathroom when we're at dinner. And what do we have to sit there by ourselves? God forbid we should look around the room for five minutes. We pull our phones out. Meetings awful! What do we do when a meeting happens? Right? Everybody sitting waiting for the meeting to start? Bob's running a few minutes late. Bob here. Ok, start the meeting. Do you know when relationships are built all that in between time? Thank you very much. parents have to intervene. We have to stop giving our kids free access to social media and phones at young ages. They are not ready for it. Their minds cannot cope with the dopamine balance is fine. You can give a kid a phone but they can't use it in their bedroom. They can't have it at the dinner table. They can't take it to school. They can only have it up to a certain hour and you take it away their children you can take the phone away. We've got to intervene as parents. But his companies we now have to deal with the influx of kids that are coming into our companies with addiction watch I see it all the time. Walk through any office. You'll see the older employees have their phones on the sides of their computers as they're working. You'll see the youngest employees have their phones face up in front of their keyboards between their arms as they're working. This is how they work. Um, and the sister science is alarming.
They did experiments on mice where they they did the multi tasking. They they changed they changed, they put flashing lights to mimic, going from the computer to the cell phone, the computer to the cell, phone to the tv, the mice that were exposed to the changing lights. It took them three times longer to solve a maze than the mice that weren't and the damage was permanent. It didn't improve when they stop the lights.