Why do I feel so attached to my phone? I’m a baby! Safe compared to SAFER Student cell phone users check their phones an average of one to five times during class, even though 51% say that cell phone use in class affects their ability to concentrate and the amount of information that they receive during class.) articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011 -02-28/parenting/28213390_1_cell-phone-usersmobile-phones The act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. 20% of teens (13-19) and 33% of young adults (20-26) have sent nude or semi-nude photographs of themselves electronically. Additionally, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults had sent sexually explicit text messages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexting Say it with me...once something is online, it is never private. “Once something is online, it is never private.” When was the last time you “Googled” yourself? Did you like what you saw? Would an employer? A parent? A child? Do you use curse words? Do you share with the world every possible emotion you could be feeling? Do you have friends that do that? Do you get annoyed at them? Hmmm...what if my ex-boyfriend/ girlfriend starts circulating these pictures around school or FB?!?! Social Media and Stalking It’s really easy to stalk people via their social media posts. If you want your friends to know where you are, tell them. For more info, call the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator (309) 298-2242 . Stall Talk Volume 13, Issue 18 Feb 13, 2012 I like social media and technology as much as anyone. But once something is out there, it cannot be undone. So I ask, What’s so important that I need to share with my 3,000 friends? Or that I feel completely left out if I don’t know the Twitter trends? -MMcK Internet addiction disorder refers to the problematic use of the Internet, including the various aspects of its technology, such as electronic mail (e-mail) and the World Wide Web. Internet addiction disorder is not listed in the mental health professional's handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)), but it has been formally recognized as a disorder by the American Psychological Association. Internet addiction resembles other "process" addictions, in which a person is addicted to an activity or behavior (including gambling, shopping, or certain sexual behaviors) rather than a substance (moodaltering drugs, tobacco, food, etc.). People who develop problems with their Internet use may start off using the Internet on a casual basis and then progress to using the technology in dysfunctional ways. Source: MindDisorders.com Does the expression “technology addiction” seem odd? How can someone be addicted to Facebook? Or texting? Or email? But we are! In 2011, More than 1/2 of Americans said they would rather give up chocolate, alcohol AND caffeine for a week before parting temporarily with their phones (myself included), according to a recent survey by technology firm TeleNav. 1/3 would give up sex, 22% would give up their toothbrushes (versus 40% of Top 5 Places it is rude to iPhone users, who evidently love their phone more than “check” or clean teeth) and 21% would rather go shoeless before sepalook at your rating from a mobile phone. 66% percent sleep with their phone Top 5 Places it is rude to Smartphone's by their side. Source: latimes.com/technology/2011/08 5. In class TALK on your phone 4. On a date 5. In an area near other people 3. In a meeting 4. In the car with a friend There is a reason we need the “It Gets Better” 2. At the dinner 3. At the movies campaign. Bullies are everywhere. Sometimes in table 2. At the library class, at work, or in the mirror. And it’s easiest of 1. When engaging with a cashier 1. During any all to be a bully in the cyber world where you can’t face to face OCCUPATIONAL PHYSICAL see the other person or you can remain anonymous. conversation Be nice. And don’t say or type anything you SPIRITUAL with another wouldn’t say to a person’s face. And remember, SOCIAL human being Challenge: How many we are ALL people who deserve respect. times a day do you EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL look at your phone/ social media? Can INTELLECTUAL Stall Talk is brought to you by Students T.A.L.K. peer educators and Beu Health Center you cut that number Graduate Assistant Molly McKeogh. For more information, call 298-3225. For more health down? info, visit beu.wiu.edu. For adaptive form, see Disability Support Services.