Tragic Consequences from Digital Addiction Now Include German Children Drowning Because Parents Are Distracted by Their Phones

By B.N. Frank

“The Opioid Crisis” is hurting people all over the world – not just the addicts.  Funding has been approved in the U.S. and elsewhere to address this.

“Digital Addiction” is complicated.  We all have some personal responsibility for how much we choose to use tech.  But in the U.S., it’s not just The Telecom Industry (aka Big Wireless) that is encouraging us to become addicted.  Medical professionals seem to be encouraging dependence too.  Our elected officials and government agencies seem to be encouraging more tech use as well.  According to Dr. Oz, “The Race to 5G” is so we can all binge watch, surf and post online at higher speeds without our screens freezing up or being disconnected.  This is what’s best for Americans?

American public school children are now required to use screens for long periods in the classroom and for homework.  This sends a message that if excessive screen use for school is okay, it must be okay for everything else.  Even Sesame Street encourages tech use.  Many experts and media outlets are reporting disastrous results.

Reported yesterday in Germany: “German lifeguards warn children are drowning as parents increasingly distracted by their mobile phones.”

The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has linked a series of recent drownings to parents who were too busy with their mobile phones to keep proper watch over the children.

“Not enough parents and grandparents follow the advice: when your children and grandchildren are in the water, put your smartphone away,” Achim Wiese, a spokesman for the DLRG, said.


More than 300 people have drowned so far this year, including 20 children under the age of 15 and 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

(emphasis added)

This is tragic.  However, Americans are displaying similar screen-obsessed behavior that is also endangering kids.  According to one study, approximately 50% of American adults use phones while children are riding in vehicles with them.  Last year, Bloomberg reported, “Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting.” 

Some countries have been proactive about trying to reduce the harm caused by excessive use and exposure to technology for many years already.  They know that Big Wireless isn’t going to fix this problem for them.

Big Wireless is a business – not a charity.  They want to make as much money as possible, regardless of the consequences.  They have been compared to “Big Tobacco” and “Big Oil” many times because of this.

Some former tech inventors and designers are trying to wake us up to this.  Our elected officials and government agencies should be doing the same.  Instead, they are doing the exact opposite.  They have been captured by Big Wireless and we are all suffering because of it.

How much longer?

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