For Millennials, The iGeneration & ParentsMISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS | 2017 EDITION | VOLUME 28

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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 AppSecMobile 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:

Re-examine all that you have been told...dismiss that which insults your soul.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.

Be curious, not judgmental.

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity. When I give I give myself.

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

I exist as I am, that is enough.

If no other in the world be aware I sit content. And if each and all be aware I sit content.

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