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Google Executive Eric Schmidt tells graduates to go offline for a an hour per day

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Google Executive Eric Schmidt tells graduates to go offline for a an hour per day
It's graduation time for many, which means big name commencement speeches. This year, Google's own Eric Schmidt gave the commencement address at Boston University. The speech was given in front of 6,700 graduation students as well as more than 20,000 friends and family.

Schmidt took a strong position in saying that he felt it important to maintain a healthy offline balance in life, and that everyone should


"Take one hour a day and turn that thing off. Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation." He even poked a bit at Facebook when he said "Don't push a button saying 'I like,' actually tell them."
Schmidt went on to say how connected we all have been, noting that "Some of you are probably texting right now, or tweeting this speech, changing your status."

While he emphasized the importance of disconnecting an hour a day to live life outside of the online world, he did praise the students for being "the first fully connected generation the world has ever known. A blessing, not a curse. To connect the world is to free the world."

Check out Schmidt's entire commencement address in the video posted by Boston University.


Watch this video on YouTube


source: PC Magazine

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posted on 25 May 2012, 09:00 1

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


17:19 - Damn, that took long... :D

posted on 25 May 2012, 09:24 4

2. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


lol you won't see the great chef Tim Cook making a speech like that. Go Google!

posted on 25 May 2012, 14:08

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


What a moron

posted on 25 May 2012, 16:33 1

7. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


He is a moron for telling people that they need to connect with the people that are in their physical presence vs. with people that are in cyberspace?? If you can not stay offline for 1 hour a day than you have a serious problem or are very lonely and have no one in your physical presence. People are more dependant on their devices than the people around them it will get as bad as texting "Can you pass the salt please"

posted on 25 May 2012, 16:47 1

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I was saying Troy is a moron not Eric Schmidt

posted on 25 May 2012, 18:28

9. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


okay I gotcha sorry I misunderstood I was like really??? but I understand now.

posted on 27 May 2012, 10:25 2

10. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Taco is the real moron.

posted on 25 May 2012, 09:55 3

3. Croxy (Posts: 55; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


This is even a better speech than his previous at CES 2012 which was brilliant!

posted on 25 May 2012, 10:30 3

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Great speech!!! There is a man of vision for you.

posted on 25 May 2012, 11:25

5. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Don't look at our advertisements for an hour a day.

I assume Google will give Schmidt a 1/24 pay cut to account for his philosophy.

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