On the Benefits of Using Technology in Moderation

There has been plenty of ink spilled over concerns regarding continual advances in technology affecting every aspect of our life, with many authors jumping to absurd conclusions that predict nothing short of doom. These hyperbolic musings frequently go too far, but even though the authors of these diatribes are usually dismissed as Luddites or as representatives of a simple anachronism, there might be some truth in their extreme warnings.

It is true that technology has pervaded nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet we do not quite understand the manner in which relying on technology affects our interpersonal relationships or our cognitive development. Even Pope Francis has conflicting views on the subject, warning that social media “can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously.

These kinds of statements have come from others as well, and there is something to be said for using technology in moderation. There is no iron-clad doctrine regarding what is too much and what is too little, but most people are sensible enough to recognize the frivolous use of technology. When it comes to personal interaction, face-to-face encounters should be prioritized over all else. It is rude to communicate via text or social media while in the company of others, and the result of this type of behavior — as Pope Francis suggested — is an adverse impact on the quality and depth of conversation.

That does not mean technology will ruin everything. It makes perfect sense, for example, to take full advantage of technology to develop a long-term investment strategy, and Kimra Bettasso of 401K Retire Logic is a perfect example of technological balance. The financial advisor uses technology to complement her vast knowledge and understanding of retirement strategies to assist clients rather than wholly relying on an automated system that may have design flaws.

How Fitness Tracking Devices May Positively Influence Mental Health

The technology market is flooded with wearable technology that allows users to receive a whole host of data reflecting the current state of their physical health. These devices track any number of things, with some merely working as a sort of digital pedometer and others tracking nearly every aspect of physical health. These latter devices, many of which track heart rate, sleep quality and a number of other physiological aspects of health, may have a somewhat surprisingly positive impact on mental health as well.

Athletes are often the first to invest in these types of devices, recognizing the value of being able to track the quality and consistency of their workouts. The rest of the population is catching on as well, realizing that these devices may be able to provide the type of feedback that allows them to make positive lifestyle changes that lead to a desired goal or health outcome. Many people who wear these devices are surprised to learn how inaccurate they have been regarding the amount of calories they burn in relation to the amount of calories they consume, while others discover that they have been grossly overestimating the intensity of their daily workouts.

While this data will allow serious and recreational athletes to improve on the efficiency of their physical activities, it is also possible that this wearable fitness technology could help those who are dealing with a number of different mental health issues. As Dana Sibilsky would likely note, psychiatric issues are incredibly complex and can be influenced by any number of factors, including sleep quality and rates of physical activity. With regard to sleep quality, many people have no idea that the type of sleep they get each night is not as good as it should be. This simple change is enough to significantly increase energy levels and possibly mitigate the effects of a mental health issue.

Of course, wearable technology is not a solution. It does, however, provide accurate feedback regarding physical health that can be used to influence mental health. The constant physical feedback can also serve as a motivating force for those who find it difficult to exercise on a daily basis or to simply engage in some sort of physical activity. When used properly, this kind of feedback may be able to increase the efficacy of psychiatric care.

SF Giants are Clowns

The San Francisco Giants are a bunch of clowns.  Million dollar  ball players but clowns none the less.  The real fools are the ball team franchises that pay them millions. images (5) images (6) What ever happened to playing for the love of the game.  Is it really necessary to charge kids twenty five bucks to see a game? How about we cut the player pay to a level that would allow kids free?  No it has become a money making business.  Arthur Falcone biography tells a story of true baseball love. The few that really love baseball are the ones that have to pay the most.  You even have to pay the cable provider to see the games.

Old Tech

New tech vs. old tech is a good topic.  Old tech tells us what works and what doesn’t.  Beta Max failed as VHS worked.  Both eventually become obsolete due to CD technologyimages77YJH3XG untitled (353).  What to do with all the VHS tape.  I guess that the best thing to due is adapt to the best tech as it comes.  That can be an expensive proposition.  If the old tech is still doing what you need why let it go.  ArtFalcone.com is an old school site. I like the old scool stuff because I am getting too old to keep up.  Old tech is an old friend that you know is obsolete.

Play Ball!

untitled (317) untitled (316)I know you baseball fans are ready for your team to get playing.  The baseball industry has become big business.  Cities have built huge ball parks too accommodate their professional ball teams. The San Francisco Giants are no different.  The revenue that a ball franchise brings to a town is huge.  If the team wins all the better.  The success of the team will translate to higher attendance to the games and more revenue for the supporting businesses.  Luke Weil is a fan that is past ready. If you are past ready for baseball to get going join the club.  Season is going now!

San Francisco Giants Fans are Crazy

images2WK0K4CR imagesOVXBJZCRThe fan base for the San Francisco Giants is crazy.  by that I mean that they are devoted to the team no matter what happens.  They follow them to training camp and watch their every move online and on the TV.  They spend a fortune for sports packages on cable to see every game. They spend a fortune on the tee shirts and hats for their whole family.  The wives are forced to wear the stuff too of suffer their husbands wrath.  This obsession is part of the appeal that make the games fun to watch.  Brandon Hopkins is as crazy as fans come. Just imagine how crazy the fans can get.

SF Giants Baseball

images (10) images27IL3FB5The baseball fans of the San Francisco Giants are some of the most loyal fans you can find.  They follow them to training camp just to get a look at the players for the year.  The live their stats and study their games like a programmer.  The end result is a finely tuned fan machine.  The highly programmed robots buy up everything Giants related.  They wear the hats and tee shirts every day.  They even make their kids wear this stuff too.  In the Joe Olujic interview you will get the idea of what a fan thinks. Fans are always looking for way to show their team pride.

Technology Gone Wrong

I think we sometimes create technology that fixes a nonexistent problem.  The new smart watches are a fad and of no real use.  Why have a device that poorly mimics the smart phone?  The little screen is impossible to read from and the smart phone has to be near the watch for blue tooth connection.  I personally believe that the watches will fail to take hold as they are just a novelty.  Is that the best idea that Appleuntitled (100) imagesFP4NV3GH can come out with.  This technology has been out for years.  Dana Sibilsky bought the Apple watch because he is an Apple fanboy.

Solar for your Phone?

untitled (53) untitled (52) untitled (51)There are solar cases for you phone.  I think this is a great idea.  If you are lost in the desert and you phone goes dead that solar charger might save your life.  For the everyday dude the battery would last a lot longer.  I cant wait for mine.  Now it might be the cheapest accessory for your phone but it might be better than carrying a extra battery.  I think that all our portable devices could benefit for some solar.  Mo Howard West Virginia Football can put solar in their helmets.

Solar Fad

untitled (5)Everything is going solar.  Solar charging phones and cars as well as your house.  When is the pricing going to come down so poor folk like me can afford it.  I would like to put panels on my roof to get free electricity but it would take two life times to break even.  The life pan of a panel is 20 years so it just doesn’t make sense.  With the federal incentives it begins to make some sense but why so much?  The have no moving parts and cant be that hard to make.  ArtFalcone.com is a solar nut site. I personally have not jumped on the band wagon yet.  How about you?