Business English: Case Study – Gen Y Smartphone Addicts

This is something I just LOVE talking about. Yes, this is about 8 months too early, but Business English is the next aspect of English that I’ll be getting into. When I speak about business, in any form, it’s when I feel most alive. So, yesterday I found something super interesting in a book and wanted to share this article with you guys.

‘Gen Y’ or Generation Y refers to young people between 18 and 30 years old. Cisco publishes annual report on technology use in the world — the Cisco World Technology Report. Part of this report looks at how Gen Y people use their smartphones in 18 different countries. Many Gen Y people are smartphone addicts.

These are the points of being a smartphone addict…..

– You check for emails, texts, or social media updates every 30 minutes.

– You look at your smartphone as part of your early morning routine. You gets up — then check your smartphone and get dressed — then check your smartphone and eat breakfast — then check your smartphone.

– You take your smartphone to bed.

– You don’t leave your smartphone behind when you go into the bathroom.

– You send text messages while driving.

– You regularly use smartphone apps in your daily life.

– Does the smartphone addict enjoy life? Perhaps not — two out of five users say they feel anxious without a smartphone to check.


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Part II: Interviewee #21: Joe Mintzer on Meditation, Masks, & Purpose

Welcome back, everyone! Second podcast with Joe is live this morning and it’s available in the link down below with some rough show notes of what we talked about!

Get in touch with Joe Mintzer

  • Overcoming drug addiction





Things we discussed:

  • Childhood’s internalisation.
  • Bullying bullying.
  • Impact of bullying due to the ignorance of people.
  • Ways to handle bullying by using consciousness methods.
  • Group talks and discussions are the way to go.
  • Being a mentor and making the right decisions as a child.
  • Bad childhood is part of life but not who you are.
  • Being a guide.
  • Perceptions based on belief systems.
  • Changing your mindset and doing meditations.
  • Ways to do mediation and its benefits.
  • Guided meditations and advanced meditations.
  • Creating a safe environment and being mentally healthy.
  • Coaching people on how to handle problems while not relying on single resources.
  • Talking about your vulnerability and share your stories of recovery for ex-convicts.
  • What’s the impact that the guest wants?



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Lewis Howes Joker Mask: Part I

So, Lewis Howes opened up this chapter talking about Robin Williams.  Now, a lot of Americans hail him as one of the great comics on the big screen of all-time.  Fair enough.  Opinions are just those – opinions.  However, he went into a serious part of it.  Robin Williams took his life back in 2014, which was also the same year that another man took the life of Paul Walker by careless driving (just referencing).

This is called the Joker Mask.

All those laughs, winning the “prestigious” film awards that so many people are after, is just a cover-up, isn’t it?  It’s kind of like when I talked about the YouTuber Christian Guzman.  This man flaunts his cars, businesses, etc….but I can feel pain within him.  I watched him maybe two-years ago, and his vibe was completely off – in addition to the others in the videos with him.

Nonetheless, people have a variety of masks that they put on.

A lot of people took their lives during my lifetime.  I had a friend by the name of Chester who took his life because his girlfriend dumped him.  Shortly after, one of the most charismatic and wonderful personalities named London (also a cousin to him) took his life.

I never understand how someone could take their life because of another person.  When someone wants to walk out of my life, I seriously just shrug my shoulders.  A lot of people would say “that’s cold-hearted,” but that’s five-years of harsh reality in a country called Thailand and what it’s taught me in the long-run.  Other people don’t know how to channel their “depression.”  I believe depression can be dropped, just as a masked can be removed.  Anti-depressants and “drugs” are an easy way to pump money into one of the most corrupted organizations on the planet – The FDA.

It’s all based around thought.  It’s like what I talked about in my recent interview with The Lab’s CEO and how people use affirmations that are negative everyday.

Depression is a choice.  People would say, “no way.”  But I can tell you right now…I can fall into a state of depression right this moment just by saying to myself, “wow, look what Thai women have said to me.  Look…I can’t get a job in Thailand.  I haven’t heard from the job in Chile. What am I going to do? No parents.  No family.  No best friends.  My life is over.”

If I thought that and put all the feelings in the world into those statements….I would be in big trouble.

Robin Williams, just like the wonderful lady from Mind Valley, guy from Lincoln Park, and others who ultimately take their lives on a routine basis – it’s because they have that overwhelming feeling of just not being enough.

“The effects of making another person laugh are reminiscent of a fast-acting drug; you feel instantly better—and the results are addictive. Sad people make careers out of making us laugh.” – Zara Barrie

Lewis Howes talked about Robin Williams having been addicted to cocaine and alcohol in his movie career.  After reading this segment, I had no idea that he was battling addictions.  A lot of people, including the media, never talked about his addictions.

Robin Williams, a man who was able to make people who were paralyze laugh, was vulnerable.

“Men who wear this mask deflect this pain with humor so they never have to feel it. The opposite of pain is pleasure, or joy, and that’s the thing they want to focus on the most—the thing they don’t have.”

Excerpt From: Lewis Howes. “The Mask of Masculinity.” iBooks.