Friday, April 6, 2012

Cell Phones Harder to Quit than Cigarettes

Breathe it in, blow it out. Deep breath, relax.

The people that have never smoked a cigarette are missing out on something more than just a higher risk of lung cancer. A smoker knows that a cigarette equals a time-out from the hectic pace of life. It means a breath of fresh air (in between a breath of nicotine, tar, and tobacco), a break from homework or work, and a moment by yourself. Some smokers even go as far as saying that the personal benefits of smoking a cigarette outweigh the risk of smoking a cigarette.

Regardless of whether someone says exactly that, they still sub-consciencely make that cost-benefit analysis whenever they suck in that dry smoke. The risk is well known, and yet, cigarettes are smoked worldwide at an incredible clip.

Let's switch this conversation to something that is even more universal. If cell phones are linked to brain cancer in the same way that cigarettes are linked to lung cancer, how many people would stop using them?

What a disaster this would be. We are starting to see a mass migration from landline phones to mobile phones.

In The Economist magazine article "Cutting the cord", the author writes that,

"analysts now estimate that 25% of households in America rely entirely on mobile phones (or cellphones, as Americans call them)—a share that could double within the next three years. If the decline of the landline continues at its current rate, the last cord will be cut sometime in 2025."

The rate of dropping will eventually level out do to the fact that old people are reluctant to move on technology wise. Still, that report is staggering...50% of American households could be landline free in 3 years.

Now, imagine that the studies successfully and undoubtedly link cell phone usage to brain cancer in 15 years.

If the current number of landline decline continues at a rapid rate, we can safely assume that at least 75% of American households will be mobile only by that time. We could also assume that Telephone wires will be cut, landline infrastructure will be replaced or destroyed, and Americans will be all too used to having a computer that makes phone calls in their pocket.

Cell phones have only been in existence for consumer use since 1983, and only widely used since the early 2000s. Imagine how much we will rely on them by 2027. If they are linked to cancer, how the hell are we ever going to quit using them?

Getting rid of a cell phone would force businesses to revert back to 1980 methodology. Not to mention the fact that worried mothers wouldn't be able to contact their rebelling teens, CEO's wouldn't be able to get up to the minute reports, and normal people would be stripped of their "I can't live without it" access to the world.

And if Cell Phones are undoubtedly linked to brain cancer, they won't go away. You thought quitting cigarettes was will have no idea.

Friday, July 15, 2011


I’m searching for a Small Business with a store front to work with. I’m looking to help with a unique kind of 1 day sale to promote energy efficiency.

The Rundown
A 1-day “buycott”
A buycott is an active campaign to buy the products or services of a particular company or country.
So pretty much, it’s a 1 day sale that aims to bring as many customers as possible in to your store for 1 day.
The Catch
20% of the money you make on the day of the sale MUST go towards improving the energy efficiency of your company. That means new light bulbs, windows, new outlets, etc..
The 20% going towards new equipment will eventually save you money on Energy Costs in the long run. The situation is a win-win for all parties involved.

If you are interested in putting on something like this, please contact me with your business name, location, and things that you think you could do to improve energy efficiency.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Narrowing it Down

Raise your hand if you were a Business major. Ok, put your hand down. If you raised your hand, let me hear some examples of what you wanted to do with that major.

Chances are that if you were a general business major, you had/have a wide path of jobs to choose from. The lack of focus can be a recipe for disaster and you could end up taking a job in a field that you don’t really like (ahem, me). Until recently, I really did not have a focus in my job search. I just apply to anything that I thought I could do.

That is exactly what I was doing wrong. Searching for a job like this is like trying to make a free throw with a blindfold. Sometimes you’ll make a shot, but most times you’ll just brick it. I encourage you to narrow your job search focus before you apply!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Existent – Having Reality or Existence

I don’t know why but this word has been stuck in my head all day. It meanders in and out of my thoughts as I sit in front of the obnoxious glow of my over-sized monitor. I am thinking to myself, I have reality, and I have existence, so therefore, I am existent.

As I put my thoughts on (electronic) paper, I am trying to think of a way to exist enjoyably through a career path. I always thought that I would be well on my way to success at age 24. It’s starting to finally hit home that success is most likely going to be a long process on this road. A few of us in our generation will hit it big in our early twenties, but it is probably more likely that you and I will work for most of life, save our retirement money, and retire after doin’ the dang thing for a while.

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of spreading my seed (professionally speaking) around DC in the short time that I’ve been there. Besides my Full Time job, I have written for over 5 publications, and have begun working part-time for a Small Business Consulting Firm. I have been networking at sporting events, attending Business expos, and talking to anyone who will listen to me drone on about finding the right career path. I like following Utah Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward on twitter because of one tag he uses consistently. Every time he tweets that he is shooting around, working out, or meeting with a trainer, he uses the tag #improveeveryday.

So even though I’m not satisfied at my 9 to 5, I’m not sitting on my hands at all times. I am trying to #improveeveryday through other means. It is this outside work that is more important for my resume than my daily routine job. So, I guess my meandering point in this blog post is for anyone who hates their job. It is absolutely necessary that you find ways to #improveeveryday outside of work. Find me on twitter tweoples @mikeosteenstra.