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Old 01-30-2015, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Not only don't I have a smart phone but I go cold turkey away from any PC or Internet connection when I'm on vacation. I thought I'd miss it but I don't.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Not only don't I have a smart phone but I go cold turkey away from any PC or Internet connection when I'm on vacation. I thought I'd miss it but I don't.
I do this, too.

Truly disconnect. I usually go for a week to as island. In my snorkel bag, I stuff like 20 paperbacks.
Put my phone in the safe.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:01 PM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I call them stupid phones. Maybe there's something Darwinian going on here. Imagine, walking off curbs, in front of vehicles, off cliffs, in front of stampeding wildebeests, up the ramps of UFO vessels. The sky really is the limit. Meanwhile it thins the herd. More and more people are sustaining injuries from "distracted walking." ---> Distracted Walking Injuries From Cell Phone Use More Than Double Since 2005

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:13 PM
 
Location: On the East Coast
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I don't own a smart phone, stupid phone or any cellphone! All I have is a landline.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Yes, it totally baffles me. I guess I don't have a lot of friends, I mean like 24/7 friends? Remember when we had to look for a pay phone when we had trouble or ran out of gas, I haven't even seen any for a long time now. We got along fine. My 4 yr old granddaughter is just know learning how to actually talk on the phone instead of skype. Sometimes she will be nodding instead of talking and I hear her my daughter saying you have to say the words, I think that's great.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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What's the deal with people being GLUED to smart phones?

At work, at grocery stores, etc.....people cannot look away from that screen. What are they looking at?

Please tell me it's not Facebook and Instagram.

I'm not insulting anyone I'm just trying to get a perspective.


What is it about smart phones that keeps people stuck on them?


Yes, I have a smart phone. I only carry it when I leave home and I never take it out unless someone texts/calls me.

What am I missing?
Obviously you haven't discovered all of the powerful features your smartphone has. So much can be done from the palm of your hand now, yet you refrain from exploiting its true potential. Humans are social creatures, most people are being social on their smartphones, posting pictures to Instagram, tweeting their thoughts on Twitter, reading the status of their friends on Facebook, exploring the arts of Tumblr, or maybe just Googling a question that popped into their head, or perhaps challenging a friend in a mobile game like Trivia Crack. Some people are a little too obsessive with their smartphones, but they are living their lives, connecting with people and sharing their thoughts. The advent of the Smartphone has really allowed people's opinion to become more open and public for discussion. We can connect like never before now.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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After reading all of the comments from posters on this thread I get the idea that this thread has attracted a much older crowd that likes to bicker about modern technology and all of its fallacies. I'd wager that more than 80% of this thread's posters are over 45.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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After reading all of the comments from posters on this thread I get the idea that this thread has attracted a much older crowd that likes to bicker about modern technology and all of its fallacies. I'd wager that more than 80% of this thread's posters are over 45.
We were waiting for you.
I am in my 30s.
I think phones are amazing tools.
I also think people who are faceplanted into them are amazing tools.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:45 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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As much of a zombie as smartphones apparently cause people to be when they're glued to them, if someone has the sense to be able to operate one of these, they should at least have the sense to know when it's not appropriate to be fooling with them (while driving, when someone is trying to have a conversation with them, during a family dinner, etc.).

Like many things, there's a tendency for the etiquette in using the technology to lag way behind the technology itself. And then, like so many things, once this gets way, way out of hand there's an over-correction of inappropriate behavior with all kinds of zero tolerance laws and policies. I'm just waiting to see what the breaking point for smart phones is going to be.
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