Welcome to Grand Rounds, Volume 4, #40 (see future GR schedule). If you missed our first Grand Rounds last year, with our amazing Clicky Brain, then feel free to pause and enjoy.
EDIT: Yikes! It's already into Wednesday and I found out that I missed two Grand Rounds submissions... just left them off completely. Sorry about that. But here they are right at the top, so please check them out...
1. Social worker Still Dreaming writes about "Why I Don't Care About the New iPhone." I know what you're thinking... I really did just overlook her. (She actually like the iPhone.)
2. Midwife With a Knife has an excellent, scholarly post about restrictions on work hours for residents. Wish there were restrictions on hours for producing Grand Rounds!
Here's the rest...
The new Apple iPhone 3G must be stopped! I first recognized the potential dangers of the device whilst perusing Apple's description of the product:
Consider Apples assertions: "(The) iPhone already gives you mobile multitasking. But 3G technology lets you multitask in more places — without connecting via Wi-Fi. Since 3G networks enable simultaneous data and voice, you can talk on the phone while surfing the web, checking email, or using Maps. All from your 3G cellular network."
My appeal is based on the foundation of simple biology. To date, the data from numerous studies supports strong gender difference in the area of multi-tasking, consistently demonstrating that women's brains, though smaller (apparently size doesn't matter here) are inherently better suited for multi-tasking. The Apple iPhone 3G takes multitasking to heretofore unrealized levels! Simply put, the male gender is not cognitively equipped to handle such technology safely. The implications are dire. Overloading of neuronal circuitry could lead, at a minimum to temporary cognitive impairment. Worst case scenario: What if men attempt to drive and use the new iPhone 3G at the same time? Seizure activity might result, leading to increased traffic accidents. The human toll would likely be catastrophic.
Apple should, at the very least conduct research to assess the short-term effects of the iPhone 3G's multi-tasking capacity on the male gender. Until such time as the effects can be determined, in the interim, Apple could market a less dangerous product to men; perhaps, the iPaper-Cups-With-A-String-Between Phone. As mental health professionals, we need to come together on this issue and be heard as one gender-neutral voice. Who know, maybe someday, perhaps with the aid of cognitive enhancing psychotropic medication, men will be able to handle the iPhone 3G. But for now, this may just be a dream.
Christopher Bush, Psy.D.
(A.K.A. Dr. Pink Freud)
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