If you want to have fun, or simply gauge the intelligence and contentment of a millennial, whip out a “dumb phone” when strangers ask for your phone number.
It's quite a sight to behold.
Especially in China, where they're more likely to ask: “Do you have Weixin?” That is, WeChat?
But whether it is WeChat, QQ or WhatsApp, the disease is the same: We have a generation—iGeneration/Generation Z and millennials—preoccupied with consuming more than creating on today's easily hackable mobile devices; indifferent to AppSec, Mobile Security or Security and Privacy in general, with poor social skills who assume a smartphone is the solution for, and substitute to human interaction.
Parents determined to be good parents in deed, I'm talking to you.
If you don't know what COOL is, and/but definitely don't want to be just another dumb person with a smartphone, I'm talking to you. 'Suffer from acute case of FOMO? I'm talking to you too. There's hope! And self-importance or self-obsession can never beat genuine wisdom, contentment and fulfillment, which success alone can't give you.
Which is why after a brilliant new Asian friend texted — and I paraphrase — “smartphones bring many conveniences but also many disturbances”, I found myself reflecting on what Walt Whitman would say:
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity. When I give I give myself.
The Quiet Storm: Walt Whitman