While I had my phone out, I checked Facebook to see if anyone had posted any new pictures from my high school reunion over the weekend. I love seeing the little red numbers at the top of my Facebook app telling me how many new notifications, messages, and new friend requests I have. It's more satisfying than seeing the little red numbers by the email icon telling me I have new email. Because let's face it, most of my email these days is junk mail trying to get me to spend money at one store or another. And if someone important really wants to reach me, they'll text... But I digress...
So at dinner last night, my brother was telling me about some study saying that we are addicted to technology and it's making us stupid. Not him and me, per se, but people in general. Apparently they measured people's brain activity when they were doing mindless things on their smartphones - like checking Facebook - and found there was pathetically low brain activity. And he told me there was no code for it. Yet.
No code for it?! Maybe not a specific code, but I decided I must find one!
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So here's the scoop. Is there a code for Ari Gold syndrome? Well let's break down the symptoms of Ari Gold syndrome - these are things like sleeping next to your phone, being disappointed when there are no emails, Facebook, or Twitter updates, buying "outfits" for your phone (guilty - again, I refer you to the picture), ignoring people in your immediate presence because you are too busy texting or Facebooking or tweeting or whatever. If the worst thing in the world you can imagine is losing your smartphone, you might have Ari Gold syndrome. If you can't communicate without all the LOLs, BRBs, BFFs, and BFs (please note - the text lingo was used on purpose in this posting to drive home my point!), you might have Ari Gold syndrome. If you get a sudden rush every time the text message tone rings, you might have Ari Gold syndrome. I'm no doctor, but this sounds like dependence to me.
And even though I've had a long day and really don't want to see another code for another 10 hours or so, I looked it up. And alas, there it was - the code for the day - and the closest thing I could find to smartphone dependence:
- Z99.89 Dependence on other enabling machines and devices
This is also what I refer to as the Wall-E effect (great movie - rent it if you haven't seen it!). And it's the reason the ICD-10 Task Force I chair in Colorado never meets via conference call. Because we need to renew the art of meeting and talking to people in person. It's why I always recommend to new students who are looking for work as coders to go to meetings and talk to people. Using the latest form of smartphone technology is a great skill to have. So is effective face-to-face conversation.
So if you found this blog through Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin - welcome! If you are reading it right now on your smartphone, bravo! And now I challenge you to put down your smartphone and go have a nice conversation with someone. I need to go check Facebook. Ha! Just kidding! Okay, seriously, I will check Facebook and then go read one of those paper things. What are they called? Oh yeah, books.