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Whatever Happened To Common Sense?

Updated on February 24, 2016
Evgenia Sviridenko
Evgenia Sviridenko

A young girl loses her life....

A Russian girl has died because she used her phone in the bath. Evgenia Sviridenko, 24 years old, had been reading the social media page, similar to Facebook called VKontakte.

Evidently not only had she used her phone while bathing, she was charging her phone at the time.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Reports say that another girl also died after using her phone in the shower.

Evgenia's friend noticed that she had been in the bathroom for a long time and went to check on her to see if she was okay.

She went on to say that Evgenia had been gone for a long time, and when she opened the door she noticed her floating in the bath, looking pale. After removing the plug from the wall she noticed the phone in the bottom of the bath. As she tried to get her out Evgenia's body was still shaking from the shock.

This is such a sad case. I feel so sorry for her and her family.

But why didn't she realise what would happen?

Common Sense should it be taught?
Common Sense should it be taught?

What's happening to our our Young People Today?

The above tragedy really brought home to me the fact that these days something is happening to our younger generation.

Back in our youth we were automatically brought up and taught not to do this or that, and especially never ever mix electricity with water.

It was the done deal. By the time we were three or four years old this had been pumped into our minds along with road safety, always watch where your going, be aware of strangers and so on.

But for some reason this common sense attitude has totally gone out of the window. Is it because their parents didn't teach them? I think its something far more dangerous.

Political Correctness Gone mad?

if you think about it, over the last 20 years or so ever since the Internet has arrived young people are acting in a completely different way to any other child or adult in history.

Even worse, now that the whole world seems to have a so called Smart phone it seems that our brains are changing and becoming part of the global mind meld that is social media.

Along with political correctness, health and safety, human rights and so on the youngsters of today have been brainwashed into believing that everything has been screened, washed and sorted out for them, a bit like a universal cleaner that will take away the bad stuff and only leave them the good to live with.

In other words, its no longer their prerogative to take charge of their own safety. The 'Big Brother' system will do it for them.

Unversal Cleaner or Brain Washing?
Unversal Cleaner or Brain Washing?

Media Speak.

Every time we turn on the TV, check the internet or listen to the radio we get vast amounts of information stating that 'This is safe to use as its got an automatic turn off switch' or 'By using CCTV we can catch criminals so much faster'.

yes that's all very well, but by pumping misinformation into children's brains you are leaving them open to attack in so many ways.

Ask any teen these days, 'Do you know how to.....? Insert question. Their answer will probably be no, 'I always take it to the shop etc to do it for me'!

The point is, this generation are growing up with the idea that someone else will always do it for them. Whether its safety in the bath with an cell phone, walking down the road staring at your phone and falling into a pond (see Video) or just expecting Big Brother to sort it out.

The lady who fell into the Mall Fountain actually tried to sue the security guards for laughing at her and not helping her!

So, she wanted someone else to think for her? No, this was her fault, if you are going to text, stand still and text!

Funny but very scary attitude!


Can she really not see the danger? talking on cell phone while crossing the street.
Can she really not see the danger? talking on cell phone while crossing the street.

Funny? No just sad!

What's more important?

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Too much technology not enough world......

These days technology has taken over safety and common sense. And that's the real point. Where has the common sense gone? Is it really so important to stare at a screen 12 hours a day, on the way to work, going shopping or going out with friends?

I have even noticed, sitting in a bar having fun with friends, that the majority of the young around me are not interacting. They are standing in huge groups, not talking, but texting.

What's so important that you have to text while out with your friends? Are you letting others know what a great time you are having? Do you really need to text while walking down a street while cars are racing past you, people are jostling you in their hurry to get to work and so on? Once again, common sense.

Young people need to start taking responsibility for their own actions. Not rely on outside help.

I am aware that we all do silly things on the spur of the moment. We have what I call a brain freeze, we forget where we are, what to do and so on. But apart from these glitches, we really need to start being aware of what's around us.

Would you rather stare at a screen or look at the world around you? I know what I would rather do.

The world is beautiful, look at it, take it in. Put that phone in your pocket and see the real world, its so much more interesting.

But more to the point, take notice of the dangers around you. Just remember, its your life, its time to take responsibility. Never rely on other people. Use your brain, and your common sense.

© 2015 Nell Rose

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      Nell Rose 6 months ago from England

      Thanks quicksand, yes definitely! why don't people think these days?

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      quicksand 6 months ago

      Well I consider myself fortunate to have one foot in the sixties and the other in 2017! The former is static and the other moves with the times. That way I have a view of the different forms of common sense.

      Sure it pays to apply caution.

      Another interesting article from you, pity what happened to the Russian lady.

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      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      Hi Peg, yes I know, its awful isn't it? and so darn dangerous! makes me so mad when someone walks into me purely because they are looking at their phones! thanks as always, nell

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      Peg Cole 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nell, you've pointed out some really interesting observations. It is amazing to see people in public, sitting across from one another at a table having a meal, where neither one seems to notice the other person. They are focused totally on their hand-held devices. This has become commonplace to the point of it being scary. I believe these communication devices have done more to destroy communication, interrupt sleep, distract drivers and cause heartache than they have helped.

      Personally, I believe they have become addictive to all ages, including toddlers, whom I've seen standing in line with their parents staring at a device playing a movie, a cartoon or a game, rather than looking around at the world.

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      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      Thanks so much Glenn, I am really grateful to win the Hubbie prize, made my day! lol! and thanks for reading, nell

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      It's sad. It really is. I have a friend who can't think for himself. He always asks for help with doing things and he asks me how I learned to do it. I tell him I just use common sense to figure things out.

      But what worse is how people just don't think ahead anymore, as with the examples you gave.

      The method of thinking ahead and anticipating the outcome is the way to succeed in life and avoid potentially drastic conclusions.

      You gave some good explanations why some people just don't do that anymore. But I think there's more to it. I think stupidity is part of the equation.

      I see it many times with drivers. I once was driving really slow because the road was icy. The guy behind be got angry and sped around me, losing control of his car on the ice and slid right into an oncoming bus. Now that's something I anticipated. Why didn't he? Why didn't the girl in the tub anticipate that she would electrocute herself? Same thing!

      Anyway, enjoyed your hub. Congratulations on winning the Hubbie award.

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      Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

      LOL! what a great accolade! thanks Paula you always make my day!

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      Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yaaaaaaaa!!! Yippee! Woo-Hooooo! Hallelujia!!! Bravo!!!

      Congrats on your Hubbie 2015 Award girlfriend! I'm proud of you!! Peace, Paula (from across the pond!)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks EsJam, yes that's awful! people drive me nuts, they don't care if they cause an accident, no sense at all! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

      What a sensible, informative, hub! It caught my attention, for sure. It is my belief that our society as a whole, adults included, has become so "me" ... instant gratification. I wonder if people are lonely and need constant communication for comfort? Only yesterday, a van in front of me was going so slow, I had the chance, and passed and glanced over quickly, it was a female on her cell phone, completely looking at her phone, not even paying attention to the road...she was going so slow, she would have been just as well to pull over, but she chose to stay on the road where she could endanger not only herself, but innocent commuters. The only conclusion that I have is that people take their lives for granted...never believe "it could happen to them".

      As for parents neglecting to teach their children, sadly, they simply do not set a good example - even after they tell their children not to text and drive, they contradict themselves and do it. I've seen many the situation.

      Your hub brings attention to a serious issue in today's society. Thank you for bringing it to light.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi mary, yes that's so true! I have no idea where their common sense has gone, it must be the fault of their parents, they are just not teaching them! thanks as always, nell

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I could not have said anything better, Nell....I worry about our future (and now) generation! They do not have plain ole common sense!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Mikey, yes its beyond belief isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

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      mikeydcarroll67 2 years ago

      What is sad is that these people are my age and they are doing these things. I am fortunate that I was at least taught some of the basics of what to do, but it saddens me to even see the American Youth doing this too.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks delia, yes I believe you are right, it seems that to know everything straight away from using the computer or tablet takes away the thrill and thought of common sense. when we had to ask, go to the library or ask a teacher something then there was more thought involved, sadly today kids think they know it all because its 'online'! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Delia 2 years ago

      My mother taught us the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way making good decisions. I think this should be taught by "parents" starting very young...I did with our daughters and it has benefited them immensely, not only in their personal lives, but also the rewards in their job positions.

      We as humans have real reasoned thinking which takes us beyond common sense.

      Sadly our electronic advancements have inhibited common sense, because a pleasure is derived of knowing everything now! There is a lack of thinking of any consequences...

      anyway, as you can tell I'm big on common sense...and quite disturbed where this will lead into the future.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! thanks Jackie, its now 12.30 am, so yep nighttime! I will keep you posted, eyes to the tv! LOL!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, hope I am right but either way will be so glad to find out what it is...so yes, thanks so much, I would appreciate that! You have a great evening or night too or whatever is left of your day!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, I love harry! much nicer and friendlier than William I think, even though Wills looks like his mum, but yes they both have the Diana looks. Evidently the media is out already setting up outside the hospital for kate! I will keep you posted, have a great day!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yeah but it is their mother; maybe a middle name or something I hope. Surprised Harry really has turned out to be the better looking man (being such a goofy boy!); or I think so. There is sort of a softness to both their faces though that remind me of Diana.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, LOL! I wondered when you would ask, its pretty close now I think, I still say she is going to have a girl! Not sure about calling it Diana, probably not, whether Harrys or Williams child, bit near to the knuckle as they say! good to hear from you, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Got any ideas on Kate's due date? The 20th keeps coming to mind, so hope for a girl. Wish Harry would hurry up; wouldn't mind some little Dianas from him too! He may be more apt to name one Diana; you think or do you think the Queen rules on that?

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Besarien!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Your hubs are always a pleasure to read, Nell. I feel richer because of them.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Besarien, Oh for goodness sake! somehow I think you are right! They are lacking! What on earth is wrong with people? Thanks Besarien, for reading, nell

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      We recently saw a young mother riding in the back of a pick up truck HOLDING HER BABY!!! When we pulled up to the light my husband knocked on the cab and told the passenger he needed to switch places with the mother. There was no child seat to be had. They did switch and promise to get a seat but looked at us like we were both quite mad. I have to think these kids' parents were somehow lacking.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Docmo, great to see you back, and lol! yes that's my other article! I am sure you see many people that make you just shake your head! lol!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hiya Jo, yes my handwriting is terrible too! lol! mind you I am left handed so I blame it on that!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Lol hey Nell i am glad to know you wash the proper way, because if you do not wash out the under arm it comes back out smelling of perspiration at times "ewww" Indeed it is making us lazy, science have made me lazy to write with my hands and at work i must write with my hands i got so accustomed now to typing on a keyboard , that after writing a few lines i'd go from good to scrappy.

      You're welcome

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      Mohan Kumar 2 years ago from UK

      Dear Nell- your clarion call for common sense is a timely one. Sitting in my own surgery- I constantly marvel at the lack of it in many that leads to illness and mishap That could turn one's hair white. Wait, that's your other article ;-)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hiya Jo, I wash my clothes like you do! I remember working at a fancy dress shop which hired out costumes and posh suits for tv personalities, we had to wash the neck and under arms before putting them in the machine, and I got into the habit of doing it then and as for that girl in the bath, one slip of common sense and she killed herself, its so sad, she probably just didn't think for a minute, I believe tech is making us all lazy, well the younger ones any how, thanks as always, nell

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Nell that's just how science want them more dottish and more dottish it's to manipulate them easier and control them like robots. Everything you said is right. So many young people are proud to say they are Doctor so and so but that Dr. so and so has no common sense and if you ask me little book sense. Half the time they copy and paste or Google it. I saw a young doctor late 2014 at the health facility and he was actually googling my symptoms on his tablet in front of me, what ever happened to medical school ?

      Nobody wants to use the brain God has given them anymore. I remember going to the Library to do research for school and going through encyclopedias I doubt some of these kids knows what is that. Even the Libraries have upgrade to a technological age.

      People forget about using a stove to hot their food everything is microwaveable, automaticmachineable, dishwasher etc , science is breeding and harboring a lazy society, don't get me wrong I mean it has its goods and bad but.... It's messing up more than cleaning up.

      And guess what these young folks think they knows it all , ask or tell them about washing clothes in their hands they watch you like you mad, mention a washing board they'll flip lol.

      I have an automatic Machine myself but guess what I always wash out the neck and arm pits with my hands before closing down the lid to ensure it's clean when the cycle is finished. Have you ever seen a clean shirt with a dirty dirty neck ? its because they expected the machine to develop hands and jokk/scrub it out. he he he

      If God should tarry I won't like to see this world in another twenty years , will only be zombies walking around. On another know I enjoy and appreciate technology but it has its LIMITS!! and that is not in the bath, that conversation had to be really sweet, why didn't she put it on loudspeaker? and rest it outside the tub or on the toilet bowl. So sad!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Stella, yes so true, I have no idea what the magic is about cell phones, to me, they are just to phone someone or text occasionally, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      It is our fault if the screen is more important than the people you are out with. You can't be out having a good time with your friends and play on your phone, A good hub that tell us how it really is today, Stella

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Genna, thanks for reading, and yes you are totally right, it seems that we are trying desperately to just be part robot these days! common sense? what's that? lol!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bravo, Nell. I very much admired this timely article. Technology has supplanted so much – too much. They used to say the Industrial Revolution created a disassociation from our life support systems. Technology, although helpful at times, seems to be pushing us to the brink of something from which we will be unable to return. I fear that “Kicking common sense to the curb,” as Frank wrote, is only the beginning.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That's so true Poetry, technology is going so fast these days we are just constantly trying to get the next best thing and forgetting about the real world, thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, thanks so much for reading, yes it seems they are getting dumber by the day, one older lady nearly got knocked over yesterday by some guy in his car texting while driving!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      They say life is what happens while you were making other plans. Many if not most of the minute to minute realities of human existence are not all that exciting or stimulating. Some are even quite boring. Like waiting in the doctors office for instance. There is an idea that the meditaters of the world speak of called mindfulness or living in the moment. Much of our society does not actually teach us mindfulness. Every time I look around they are putting new gadgets into cars for instance.

      I have found that on long car trips an audio book is a great diversion. Once of the important things about diverting the mind in this way is that it does not require my constant attention in the way that say texting on the phone might.

      I think we are losing a sense of mindfulness and a sense of balance. Let's all hurry and get to the next thing before we have fully digested that last thing we were doing!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This generation is one that feels entitled to everything. You are so right, though, people just get stupider and less able to fend for themselves. Very good points made here.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi snakesmum, yes it seems these days common sense has gone out of the window, I can never figure out why people text all the time, back a few years ago no one had a cell phone, it wasn't even on our radar so to speak, sometimes technology isn't a good thing! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Have to agree with you about the lack of common sense shown by many today. Driving and texting don't mix, and we've lost count of the times we've seen drivers using mobiles when driving, even at high speeds. You have to feel sorry for the family of the girl who died in the bath, but surely she must have known it was dangerous. Phones and bathroom are not a good match!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi kj, thanks so much for reading, yes its pretty diabolical isn't it? and yes I agree, its not only kids these days, I nearly got run over by a middle aged woman texting while driving!

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      kjforce 2 years ago from Florida

      Whoa...you got a response to this article unlike any I have witnessed in a long time !!!! Responsibility comes to mind when I see the "lackadzzical"

      attitude being taken in today's society by people of ALL ages..and the younger are just mimicking the elders...Ask anybody why they purchased or did something and they will probably not have a reason...

      It's callec " Subkiminal Seduction" by media/marketing/TV..etc..our mind reacts to an act we are not aware of...it's been a tool used for years, but more cleverly in the past 20. People appear overwhelmed..Ever look at the tag warnings on hairdryers etc ? should we have to tell people not to drive and talk /text on the phone ? put children in a car seat ? don't walk against the traffic light ? It' a scary world out there and until we as humans take responsibility and charge of our own life it will just get worse,,,

      Great write..keep up the great work...

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Will, I am not sure exactly what voltage the russia phones have, I think they said something about it didn't have a cut out on the phone if it hit water, but as it was plugged in maybe their wall sockets are more dangerous? thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, yes it seems like that over here too, I have no idea why this has happened, but its terrible isn't it? another thing I have noticed about schools over here is that there is a terrible lack of male teachers too! thanks as always, nell

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      In the US, USB cell phone chargers only produce 5 volts, so I don't see how she could have been electrocuted by that. There must be more to it.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting article, Nell. I, too, see common sense declining as the years roll by. In the U.S. parents expect teachers to teach their children everything, from the subject matter, to courtesy, to common sense. It is sad, but the majority of parents today do little to teach their children anything. What I learned at home, teachers are expected to teach in the classroom. It is a sad phenomenom today!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Cris, yes we never know whether our children do know these things or not! so it's a good idea to just keep reminding them, and thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Thelma, oh my goodness! now that was just completely nuts! I would have had to look the other way just in case he had an accident! some people just don't have enough common sense to make it through the day! thanks so much Thelma, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Laurie, yes I saw that slenderman thing! the trouble is adults forget that kids can't tell the difference between reality and fake until they get into their teens, this was awful! thanks again, and I hope you are having a great day!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Exactly my sentiments Nell and I mourn the death of common sense. Pity that these stupidities are happening around us and mostly amongst the younger generation because they think they know it all.

      Yeah right and speaking of which, let me pass this hub to my daughter although I know she's smarter than I think. But hey, it's always good to be informed.

      Thanks.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Very well said Nell. Last year when I was in my house in the Philippines, a motorcycle driven by an adult man texting while driving and you know what? He had his wife and their 3 children on it, including the baby which was carried by the mother. It was like a sandwich where the children were the fillings. It freezed my blood although I have seen them only a few seconds passing by my sight. Scary! No common sense at all.

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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Great informative hub Nell.

      This is so true. Kids are growing with the technology, and yes they seem to think that this ever advancing technology will have all the right answers so no need to think. Sad as it is. It's like sending the wrong pictures, oh it will be ok I will just delete it. No matter how many bad stories or how many times they are told technology still answers all for them.

      Another thing is technology advances way to fast and therefore we have seen lot of flaws. It is not a sure thing.

      I grew up with no cell, computer or all this so called luxury technology in my room at age 10 now.

      Like you, we were taught about safety also. I think they r today, by some parents, however they still believe technology will save them. That and some parents are blind to what goes on behind the screen.

      Look at the 2 12 year olds that stabbed their friend 19 times because they say "slenderman" ( on this disgusting site that is supposed to be for children) told them they would live in his mansion if they stabbed her. No common sense there, not only the fact, what the heck is such a site even their for kids to begin with.

      So sad as it is, they are brainwashed.

      Good hub, great wwriting on it.

      Thank you

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi kitty, lol! yes never thought of that! its pretty scary to think of how many are dumb these days! you only have to watch tv to see it! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Mary, yes I totally agree with you, I do think its making the younger generation dimmer than the older generations, its pretty scary some of the things they just don't know! thanks as always, nell

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

      I think there's always been people who lack common sense, with or without technology but yes sometimes technology seems to make it worse, doesn't it? It's funny how some of the smartest people actually have NO common sense, and vice versa. Which is more important? I would say common sense but a little intelligence along with common sense will really make for the best combination. I try to teach my daughter common sense, and specifically me and her daddy try to teach her how to make her own decisions...to be self-sufficient. You might be right in that a lot of parents want to do so much for their children that they aren't teaching them how to do for themselves! This could be a cause to the lack of common sense that seems to have plagued society in modern times...though I suspect it's always been around just not in such large quantities (our population is growing too so there's bound to be more dumb people LOL). Just my two-sense. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I'm such an ole fashioned person who has fought all these "new fangled" inventions as they come out, but I know I'm in the minority. I refuse to own a smart phone; I think they are making people dumber not smarter.

      Great article. Voted UP, etc.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi shanmarie, that's the trouble these days, whenever you are in a shop or just waiting in line there is always someone on the phone who just doesn't listen to advice from the person selling them a new phone, if they don't listen there, I can imagine they totally ignore their parents too, I bet the phone makers never realised what a monster they had invented! thanks for reading, nell

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      As I already mentioned, I question the voltage of a battery powered portable phone being enough to kill. Anyone who has dropped a phone in water knows it is not. Or goes swimming with one in his pocket. . .my oopoor husband ruined a phone that way. However, children should be taught not to use electronic devices near water, especially plugged in. That's where definite danger exits.

      I think people, the youth especially, are too caught up with their phones for common sense and even to be polite. It's considered impolite for a customer service worker to ignore a customer without acknowledgement, but customers rudely remain on the phone instead of paying attention to workers trying to serve.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi travmaj, that's good that you emailed your granddaughter, its strange isn't it? we presume they know, and thank goodness she did, but maybe people forget to say this to kids these days? I think as I said above, kids are so involved with technology these days that maybe they think their parents are old fashioned and they don't listen to them, thanks as always, nell

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Nell - thanks for the reminder. How tragic this is. Just a young girl. And then I realised that many younger people may not know. I actually emailed my granddaughter who assured me she did. I remember the water/electricity dilemma being drummed into me. Perhaps over the top - Many years ago (you can guess how many) my mother wouldn't have a bar of the 'new' steam irons- she was convinced it would be the end of us! She never succumbed to the idea either. LOL

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, I think its okay as long as its not plugged in, not sure about that, but its best to be safe, sometimes we do forget the things we learned as a child, this sort of thing brings it home so to speak, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, that's it exactly, I totally agree that we need to use our brains, and keep an eye out all the time, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Chitrangada, yes its so weird how the kids these days are constantly staring at a phone, even in the bath, its beyond me, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, thanks so much for reading, yes I believe technology is definitely taking over our kids brains, families need to sit down and talk to each other not ignore each other and look at a phone, you can't learn anything that way, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Michael, yes that's so true! these days how many kids eat with their parents? or go out with them etc, there is such a divide its not surprising that these things happen, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Lizzy, I tend to use an old phone the same as you, I do have a smart phone, but purely to take photos and vids, yes I do wonder about education today, I am sure they used to teach us this sort of thing at school, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my, and here I have acquired the habit of reading FB while relaxing in the bath. I will definitely not do it again. Back to my old habit of reading a book....

      Thanks for posting this, Nell. We have to warn each other over and over again against all dangers.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      You have hit the nail on the head with - Never rely on other people. Use your brain, and your common sense. There are dangers lurking everywhere and we should take care. Great hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I completely agree with your views about overflow of technology in this hub! It makes me really concerned about the young generation today. Besides affecting their health, their relationships are also being affected adversely.

      The death of the young girl is really tragic. Even small kids are obsessed with too much technology.

      Very nice and useful. Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The death that you describe is very tragic. It certainly makes one wonder about education today and about the obsession with technology. Your hub is very thought provoking, Nell.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Nell Rose.

      Shocking, true and devastating. Whatever happen to the parent's loving their children leads to question whatever happened to young people, or the family spending time together...

      Common sense used to be based on integrity (moral ethical code) of home education ( even primitive one) " show and tell"- meaning the parents, siblings ( often grand parents , and I remember thee neighbors often engaged in conversation with the children regarding politeness and or discipline ). Yes discipline and love were close related as natural twins. My experience comes from " ancient of days" , the parents having limited formal education ( my mom never attend school), yet they were effectively applying common sense in daily living at the time without electricity, radio or any other evil influence from outside. How did they do that ?

      Often pondering upon , the simply conclusion is that the common sense of that time was based upon the wisdom originated in the " fear of the Lord."

      ( The lost and denied treasure of our days ). As a common sense the family had most of the meals together, time of labor and leisure as well talking to each other / sharing joy and sorrows, laughing and crying , being there for each other whenever needed... The picture of our days is changed, you spoke of clearly... Thank you.

      Voted up and useful.

      Peace with us.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, yes I had forgotten about those! so darn stupid! if you are going to take a photo always look where the heck you are going! the trouble is, they want to get the 'perfect' picture, and that always entails them getting close to the edge! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Kiss, thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, have a wonderful evening, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Kiss, so true.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Frank, yes I totally agree with you, I do think technology does go too fast for people these days, I am sure when they invented the cell phone they never thought that kids would be glued to them all the time, thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi MsDora yes it does seem that these days the parents don't teach their children the things we did automatically, why this is I have no idea, or maybe the children don't listen so much, which is a shame, thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi kiss, thanks for coming back, yes I thought that too, but why didn't her parents teach her something so basic? beyond belief isn't it? yes I agree, we do tend to do things in what I call a brain freeze sometimes, maybe this poor girl did the same thing. but as for mobile phones being used all the time outdoors I think that should stop, its so dangerous, as you can see from the picture above, the young girl crossing the road and not looking, thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Jodah, I am a dinosaur too, with me its probably the fact that I am on here most days so don't need to walk around with it in my hand too, but I can't for the life of me understand why kids have to stare at the stupid thing all day long, what the hell are they looking at? it would drive me insane! have a great day Jodah in that lovely country of yours! lol!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, LOL! trust you! chasing your poor mum! I can never understand how anybody can see a phone while walking around outside anyway! how the heck can they see the screen when the sun is constantly shining on it? I am sure half the time they do it to look cool, and not actually look at anything! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, that's so sad about your sons friend, that really was an accident, there was no way she could have known that, what a terrible loss, yes kids that text while driving are so wrong, I nearly got run over by a woman, around 40 years old, when she shot straight across the crossing in front of me while texting! seems its not just a kids thing, thanks so much as always, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Common sense isn't that common anymore. Add to the list the tourists who HAVE to take that perfect photo atop a mountain or cliff and do NOT pay attention to the warning signs and...fall over the edge! For real? What that picture REALLY that important? The sad part is I've read this happened at least 3 times and their family member or friend witnessed their death. So sad. So lacking in common sense.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Bob, yes these days kids don't do what we did, we had something called fun! lol! it drives me insane! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Pollyanna, yes I totally agree with you, its pretty scary isn't it? thanks

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Faith, yes its really sad isn't it? I just can't understand why parents these days don't teach their kids the basics! but then again maybe they did and it just went in and out the ears! thanks as always, nell

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, I so agree with you, Nell! I've been saying for years, "Many of our laws are attempts to enforce two things FORMERLY thought to be 'common.' Sense, and decency."

      My paternal grandfather had a saying, "If a kid has no common sense by the time he is 14, he never will."

      What we are seeing is a direct result of combination of continued cuts to education (the 'dumbing-down of America'), and the over-emphasis on standardized testing. At least, those seem to be the main culprits here in the USA.

      I agree--it is stupid to have to be staring at a screen all day to do anything. I waste enough time sitting here at my desk, when I probably should be doing other things. But I'm not texting a play-by-play of the minutiae of my life! And my cell phone? NOT a 'smart' phone, just a pay-as-you-go type that only makes and receives calls, and I only use it to be able to stay in touch with hubby if I'm out doing errands, and he has a problem.

      I feel sorry, yes, for the parents of kids who lose their lives from doing stupid things, but hubby has a less 'charitable' outlook on such stupidity. He calls it 'birth control,' so they can't pass on their stupidity genes.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Billy, I just couldn't believe some of these stories, I feel so sorry for the girl with the phone in the bath, didn't her parents teach her anything? nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, lol! yes Maxwell Smart! thanks as always, and yes I totally agree with you!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Clive, thanks so much for reading, and yes I totally agree with you, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi bravewarrior, that drives me nuts that schools allow calculators! It totally defeats the object doesn't it? and yes one of these days people are going to lose the will to think and will have microchips implanted! we are definitely going backwards in our thinking, thanks so much as always, nell

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You welcome you wrote a thoughtful hub on the subject that can effect us all , common sense. Sometimes the sense is their we just do not take it off the shelf when we need to use it. Thanks for your meaniful hubs!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Kiss and Tales, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      New World Translation

      Ec 7:12For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

      this is truth as written

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Bravo Nell, technology moves too fast and we just kick common sense to the side.. A very important hub.. Common sense is the best gift we can give our children..wouldn't you agree?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great article, Nell. A kind and serious warning to our youth; also a reminder to our adults that we should not take for granted that our youth know things that they have not been taught. With so little time for adult-youth conversations, there are many topics that never come up. So sorry!

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      As I was thinking more on the subject, I was thinking how could this not pose as a threat of danger, it could have been lack of knowledge of what electical things contacting water can do.

      Sometimes we do things in a fast paste of time , many times not realizing we are in danger. I remember a young woman washing dishes and holding the phone to her ear and the grounded land phone fell in the dishwater . She pulled it out unharmed . Yet her Aunt told her after the incident she could have been electrocuted.

      Just simple some people are still like babes in learning safty.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes I was surprised to hear of this girls unfortunate death, but not surprised. The young seem so obsessed with their Smart Phones that they are almost oblivious to everything happening around them. One of my son's is always on his phone either texting or the Internet and my granddaughter the same...and usually with headphones in as well so she can't hear anything else. Smart Phones may be wonderful technology but I hate them. I only take mine in the car in case of emergencies, never use the Internet on it and make about $2 worth of calls or texts a month. I know I am a dinosaur..but hey..I'd rather experience the real world and what's going on around me. Good hub, voted up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Honestly I think we did have better sense as children; you are right! It reminds me of my mom too who had such a fear of electrical things I could chase her around the house with a small lamp and plug with her screaming begging me to stop! (I know, I was pretty mean! lol) It is sad too and probably a lot of the carelessness does come from just having their life so full of this they cannot live a minute without it and then they lose that life in a minute!

      Great subject; hope someone will learn something from it or warn someone else who may benefit. I never got into the cell phone mania and so glad I didn't. I keep one for emergencies and that is about it! People walking around with these 24 hours a day and while driving think they are cool I guess and I think they look like idiots. If I have to use mine I would rather step out of sight if I am in public.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      They only have half a brain. No, seriously. The frontal lobe does not begin to grow or even exist until the age of about 18 and does not finish growing until they are about 28 years old.