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Smartphones induce dumb behaviour

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The world today is too fluid for smartphones. Nowadays people do almost everything with this little glowing handset. We spend many hours a day surfing the web with the device. We send and read emails from our smartphones for business and pleasure. We post information, photos and comments on Facebook to connect with friends. 

To kill a few seconds of boredom, many of us also take advantage of the phone's entertainment and media functions to fill almost every spare moment of downtime texting and socialising. Take a look around at people on the skytrain, for instance. You'll inevitably find them passing the time staring down at their mobile devices, checking on friends or playing a game.

People find it hard to tear themselves away from these little gizmos. The other day I saw a woman using her smartphone when exercising. As she was working out on a treadmill she used one hand to hold the machine's handlebar as she checked the social network on the phone. When she tried to text using both hands, she fell down and hurt her back, bottom and ankles.

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