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You know what?  We've come a long way when we're talking about smartphones.  I remember carrying an old BlackBerry pager to check my work e-mail, and back then I would have never imagined having something like an Android phone that was bright, colorful, and filled with fun stuff to keep me occupied.  I love how far we've come, and the nerd in me can't wait to see what's next.  But I see a trend that's a little disturbing, and I'm sure you guys see it too -- people getting so involved in what's happening on the 4-inch screen in their hands they forget about what might be going on around them.  Which leads me to our final Android resolution.

Resolve to put the phone down and talk to people

It sure is fun to play Fruit Ninja, and I can't wait to see what Google+ has to say about the GOP primary in New Hampshire.  And when I hear that sound telling me I have a new DM in Twitter, well, I've got to jump on that, right?  Wrong.  My grouchy neighbor or the retired gentlemen I eat breakfast with at the truck stop would love to talk about politics, and I can think of plenty of fun games I could play with my wife that don't involve slashing watermelons on a touchscreen.  And that tweet that just came in?  It will be there when I'm finished.  Playing Words with Friends isn't nearly as fun as sharing real words with real friends.  Don't be that guy at the party, sitting alone and texting someone miles away when people are right there, ready to be real with you.

We tend to get wrapped up in our own little Android world, when the great big world is busy and filled with something new and different all the time.  Going through life with your nose stuck in your smartphone only makes sure you miss a lot of cool stuff in the real world.  Let's all try a little experiment, if only for an hour or two.  Put your phone in your pocket, get in your car and go to the park and feed some ducks.  Or grab a carload of friends and go tubing.  Or spend a quiet morning fishing and enjoying the sounds and sights of Mother Nature.  Talk to your family a bit more, talk to your friends a bit more.  See if you enjoyed your time in the real world better than you would have enjoyed it had you spent it on Facebook.

I'm betting you will.

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Android Resolutions: Resolve to put the phone down and talk to someone

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Great write-up, Jerry.

Totally agree but some members might get offended but I always felt this cell phone stuff is a little extreme. It rings, texts and sends a email and I'm 100% fine with it. Cheaper the better and I don't really care for the rest of the stuff it can do.

I'm actually looking for a old BB as a backup phone since my evo stops charging every so often.

I prefer my phone to laptops. I'm usually using it to read tech related news with twitter feeding into that addiction oh and lets forget the YouTube channels I sit and watch every boring phone review everyday! Yes I have no life or Android is my life rather.... Lame I know :-)

Best one so far. People need to pay more attention to the people around them instead of what's on their phone

Well said. I'm a Boy Scout leader and scouts in my troop are not allowed to bring any electronic devices on weekend campouts.

Yes, the natural world rocks, too! :-)

You're just noticing this trend? Where have you been? Oh, that's right, you've been in your secluded little corner tapping away on your 4-ish inch screen.

I've never understood the appeal of Twitter or Facebook. Why would I want to take anything about myself and post it for the world to see? Worse yet, why would I want to "follow" someone only the be constantly bombarded with every inane detail of their existence? Posting on Twitter is a clear indication that you completely ran out of interesting things to do, so why would anyone want to read what you're posting?

That said, thanks for pointing this out - especially to a crowd with a significant lack of awareness of the problem.