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Old 01-31-2015, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I'm within a few years of 50, when I was young in the 80s, we dreamed of being able to use the computer anywhere and everywhere. We're living the dream now. I know the complaint above, but it was no different when older generations dropped everything to answer a phone call. That was just as bad as now.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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In line?

I used to do math in my head, ponder philosophical questions, talk to people in line around me, come up with new ideas...but, hey. Angry birds.

*eyesroll*
Love this post. The idea that people need to be entertained or chatting with their online friends constantly reminds me of the bit in Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

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“It is worth repeating at this point the theories that Ford had come up with, on his first encounter with human beings, to account for their peculiar habit of continually stating and restating the very very obvious, as in "It's a nice day," or "You're very tall," or "So this is it, we're going to die."

His first theory was that if human beings didn't keep exercising their lips, their mouths probably shriveled up.

After a few months of observation he had come up with a second theory, which was this--"If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.”
Now it's not just their lips, but their screen-tapping fingers as well.

When do people think? When do they ponder things, come up with ideas, get creative, be still? When do they interact with the world around them and the people nearby?

I'm 40 (although I think age has nothing to do with anything) and am getting my first cell phone next month. I suddenly have a long drive I'll be doing every week and want some way of calling for help from the road.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Riding the light...
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At work, at grocery stores, etc.....people cannot look away from that screen. What are they looking at?
In a store, I'd be looking at a shopping list on my phone.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:06 PM
 
Location: 60630
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[quote=Rocco Barbosa;38243910


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? [/quote]

You should down grade. A flip phone sounds more suited for you.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I think so many people overly use their 'smart' phone because they feel a need to get their monies worth out f it. 'I paid $400 for this and I drop $70 a month on it. I'll use it all day until the battery dies'.
I heard a woman on her phone while walking down the cereal isle. 'Billy. Do you want frosted or unfrosted corn flakes?' Good thing that woman had a cell phone to call her kid for such an emergency decision making moment. But then, it may have been a good thing. Otherwise we may have seen on the news. Child kills mother for buying wrong corn flakes.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I was in a Best Buy yesterday. I couldn't find something on sale. I whipped out my phone and checked if they have it in stock. They did. I just went to one of their workers and he went and go it out of the back of the store. That's my latest reason.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Cool Explanation:

Some folks just worry way too much about what other folks are doing.

Last edited by MikeJaquish; 02-01-2015 at 07:49 AM..
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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It's because this technology is amazing and addictive. We have the knowledge of the world at our fingertips in our pockets at all times. It's hard to resist that knowledge for me. In addition we have every other person in the world who owns a device at our fingertips. It's a bit overwhelming and hard to ignore.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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Because some things are just more intere *DING* excuse me.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:24 AM
 
Location: A tropical island
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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?
I'm looking at my grocery list. I find it more convenient to keep a running list on my phone of things I need rather than writing lists on paper.

And if I'm waiting in line, I might check the news, facebook, or something to distract me from all the chocolate bars begging to jump into my cart.

I don't text while driving. That's just reckless and stupid.
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