Cell Phones, the technology that has changed us

There was a time when you left your house and no one could get a hold of you all day long. This was a good thing and a bad thing. If someone was in trouble or in need you were not readily available. When cell phones became popular this all changed. If that wasn’t bad enough, now you have preoccupied drivers using cell phones that you have to contend with.  It used to be that you only had to watch out for drivers eating, putting on makeup, and reading while driving but now its texting and driving and calling and driving.

It is a fact that more teenagers die texting and driving than by drunk driving accidents.

text and driving

Here are a few more statistics that will blow your mind.

  • 1.6 million crashes happen every year that are caused by people using their cell phone
  • 11 teens die each day
  • Your attention is taken away for a minimum of 5 seconds while you are texting and driving
  • If you are driving at 55 mph that means that you will travel the length of a football field without looking at the road
  • Texting makes you 23x more likely to crash
  • Dialing 2.8x more likely to crash
  • Talking or listening on the phone 1.3x likely to crash
  • Reaching for your phone 1.4x more likely to crash
  • 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving

And while these statistics may be shocking and you may be thinking “I can’t believe this! Well, this isn’t my child.” Consider this next statistics and honestly ask yourself if your child has witnessed this and see what kind of example you are setting.

  • 48% of children state that they have seen their parents text while driving

But it doesn’t stop at drivers. Pedestrians also cause problems when using their cell phones. Mainly they do not pay attention where they are walking.

How many times have you been walking and someone bumped into you that was texting, talking on their phone or surfing the net?

  • Pedestrians are 4x less likely to pay attention to traffic because of using their cell phones.
  • It has also been found that they take an average of two seconds longer to cross the street.

This all pertains to safety. But it all stems from our need to stay connected to our Facebook’s, Twitters, Instagram, Texting and ability to call anyone at any time.

cell phones have changed relationships

No one, not our children and a lot of the time not even we can seem to disconnect from our online lives. When you walk into a restaurant or house and watch a family interact you notice that they don’t interact. Everyone is on a cell phone. Playing games, texting, Facebooking….or doing whatever. It is sad what we have become. What are we going to become in the future?

Dinner time was once spent learning about what we did that day and they are now replaced with pings associated with new messages. Instead of making memories we are filling our time with emptiness.

This is where we have gone to. We have gotten lazy. As parents, we do not want to engage our children. It is easier to let them be entertained and occupied by this little electronic device than for us to have to actually be parents.

Yes, we are tired after a long day.

Yes, there is housework to be done.

Yes, our favorite show is on.

However, one day they will be grown and do you really want the memories they have of you to be one of silence? They will take your example of how to parent from you. Is that how you want your grandchildren to be raised?

Cell phones are a fantastic lifeline, but they are also a hindrance. As with any technology, they need to be used responsibility. It is our jobs as parents to be the ones to show our children how to be responsible with their cell phones.

It is time to take our lives back and to show our children that they mean more to us than our online lives and our time should really be spent. Be a good example.

Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2) vs. Alienware 15

When it’s gaming time, the podium of choice is left to the consoles like PS4 and Xbox and most people know that, but, the PC gaming community knows that if you are looking for the best gaming experience then gaming on computers in incomparable. The desktop computer can offer you that extra vigor, but sometimes you may be thinking of portability for a gaming machine. If you want to make your gaming mobile, you may consider choosing a gaming laptop among these two: the Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2) and the Alienware 15.

Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2)

The Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2) is Acers first machine built specifically for gaming. Its estimated price is $999.99, but this may vary from one sale point to another. It has a broad performance and mix of features making Acers gaming lineup the choice of many entry-level gaming laptops.

Alienware 15

The Alienware 15 is also an entry level gaming machine that comes at the price of $1,499.99, five hundred dollars cheaper than the Aspire V 15 Nitro. It gives you a top notch gaming experience and has a wide range of features such as programmable macro keys, customizable accent lighting, and the alternative of upgrading the desktop style using a portable external graphics card. It gives you great performance, with a long battery life.

These two models of gaming laptops are very slim as it is the case with various gaming laptops. The Aspire V 15 Nitro weighs 5.29 pounds and measures 0.9 by 10.1 by 15.3 inches (HDW). This machine has got a black, plastic construction and a ridged texture on the lid. It has got a sturdy hinge that is bare metal serving as an internal framework.

On the other hand, the Alienware 15 has a thickness of 1.34-inches by 10.65 by 15.2 inches. It weighs 7.1 pounds at the chassis and focuses on performance. It is strongly marked with some glowing lights that are very conspicuous on the lid, chassis, and the logo. It gives you the option of setting these lights to any color you desire in the setting. Unlike the Aspire V 15 Nitro, this laptop does not utilize the chiclet-style keys but comes with a traditional keyboard design.

The Aspire V 15 Nitro has a 1228 GB SSD that makes it a better performer and very fast in booting. It also has extra 1TB hard drive. For storage, the Alienware 15 boasts a 128GB SSD, for storing the operating system and installing all your games on. It also has a1 TB hard drive running at 7,200 rpm for handling bulk storage for media libraries and game.

Both the Alienware 15 and the Aspire V 15 Nitro have a display of 15.6 inches, and a resolution of 1,920-by-1,080.This might make it a lower standard for gaming since the competitors are creating systems with higher resolution displays.

The Aspire V 15 Nitro has a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor and 8 GB of RAM making it a good performer along with its battery that last up to 4 hours. The Alienware 15 comes with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-4210H alongside a 16 GB of RAM, which is plenty for gaming and having a ton of windows and software open. Both laptops also have the ability to perform upgrades.

If you are looking for an entry level gaming laptop, both of these are great beginner choice and both will handle modern games. The Acer is better for those looking to save $500 over the Alienware. Having an i7 and 8 GB of ram in our opinion is not worth the additional $500. If you decide to purchase either of these two gaming laptops make sure to purchase an extended warranty due to the high cost of laptop repair services. Save yourself the headache of trying to figure it out yourself especially when spending this amount of money on your gaming beast.