Who feels smart phones have been beneficial to human societies?
I know it ruined Thailand, everyone has their nose stuck in it constantly.
PS don't have one, use laptop to visit this site and others
As someone who remembers party lines, dial phones, and the days before area codes existed, I think it's amazing to have so much power in my hand. It's no wonder we spend so much time looking at them. Remember what Isaac Asimov said: any technology, sufficiently developed, is indistinguishable from magic.
Technology and how you use it is a personal choice. This is not something that is forced upon anyone. You could just as easily say that TV ruins people's lives if those people spend 12 hours a day watching TV. Same goes for the internet or computer games or most anything really. Don't blame the technology. Blame the user.