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Old 02-27-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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l these people are college bound and not necessarily academically unintelligent.
Nor are they necessarily academically capable. Plenty of colleges are happy to trade money in exchange for the day care of 13th through 16th graders.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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Seems like your doing the same thing. Reread what you have written. Surely you see the hypocrisy of what you've written.... Bigger words but just as banal.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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I am not involved in any social media......and don't feel like i am missing antything. I do text occassioanlly...not really social media, me doth think.

The burden of technology has given way to an onslaught of data diarhea. Everywhere one turns there is so much data, but so little communication.

A the risk of sounding like a nut job, the social media explosion might be a late stage sign of where our society is headed. Noone of a certain age has any idea where their food comes from, where energy is produced, who runs our country, nor the severity of our climatealogical issues.


But they know that some 'friend's' baby made its first poop last night!

Will/when we ever get to the point where 'real' things matter once again (what are we going to eat tonight/how will we stay warm) it will be an intersting social excercise to see how people, who have dimished social/practical skills due to social media, behave in dealing with real issues.

Maybe i should post something on twitter and see if they have an answer...short of saying, well, we'll go to McDonalds--they ALWAYS have food and it is warm inside.

Problem solved.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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What are you trying to achieve by reposting the same stuff over and over? Looking at some of OP's other posts - ???
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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That's simply your observation, which is pretty far from the truth. I'm 25, I wear headphones all day and most of the people my age wear headphones. I have no problem starting conversations with people. Just because it looks like we don't talk to people, doesn't mean we don't.

You don't know someone else's situation by looking at them. Maybe the two friends didn't feel like talking to eachother at the time? Maybe they were texting people to find out plans for the night?

I think people are rather hysterical about social media, texting and technology. At the end of the day, the normal ones still talk to people and are still outgoing. Society isn't being ruined.
First off I just gave that one incident as an example. And how long does it take to send a text? I could see these guys and they texted the whole time, the only interaction was when one guy showed the other one something on his phone.

They did no talk to each other. They were not just sending a quick text to meet up with a friend later. They ignored each other and spent their whole time staring into the phone.

There is a disconnect these days with people.

I didn't base this on just one example, I see this all the time.

And if your wearing headphones all day(your words) than I highly doubt you're having as many conversations as you could have. There are people who won't approach you because you are wearing headphones.

There is nothing wrong with not wanting to be bothered, but I find it strange when I see people who got out to a restaurant or a bar and then spend all their time staring into a phone and not interacting with the people they're with.

And I have seen it often.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: SW FL
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It really erks me when I see people at live music venues that spend all their time making it very, very clear that they are there and paying minimal attention to the actual band. It's a shame.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: SW FL
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What are you trying to achieve by reposting the same stuff over and over? Looking at some of OP's other posts - ???
I suppose I get a little fixated on things.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Holiday, FL
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Today, while I was doing volunteer work in the student office at my high school, I was forced to endure incredibly obnoxious banter. My job is to run passes to students in various classrooms, which keeps me busy for the majority of the period. Unfortunately, there was a lack of demand today so I was forced to take in the endless array of worthless jargon spewing from the mouths of my "colleagues."
The main perpetrator was an overweight girl who repeatedly complained about her social wrong doings. "Like, you know, I had a really awkward time at this party last knight," She began. "I felt like the boy I was in to wasn't noticing me and like it's uncomfortable you know." Her complaints were so generic and so utterly unimportant that I wasn't sure why she thought it was necessary to vocalize them. However, my other derelict colleagues served as receptacles for her trivial complaints and seemed to be genuienly invested in them. I was put off by this, as well as the fact that all these people are college bound and not necessarily academically unintelligent.
Anyway, how this rant ties into the science and technology category is social networking. My colleagues CONSTANTLY talk about Facebook/Twitter to the point that I feel as if their lives revolve around it. "You know so and so tweeted this and it's really blown up. I believe it's been retweeted a (high number) of times and I'm really amazed. Oh and did I tell you someone friended me on Facebook who has the same last name as me?" Blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Anyway, I believe that while social networking can be efficient, it encompasses young people in horrific petty drama and incredibly trivial pursuits. I believe that high school/college superficiality or superficiality in general for that matter, has been greatly exacerbated as a result of these tools. I'm sure this has been discussed before, I was just particularly repulsed by this particular experience today.
What are your thoughts on the ever expanding bubble of social networking?
There will always be something for people to revolve their lives around. For my wife, back when we first got married, it was soap operas. Before that, it was smoke signals. In the future, I do not know what it will be, but you can bet pretty high stakes that there will be no lack of something to fill that niche.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Her complaints were so generic and so utterly unimportant that I wasn't sure why she thought it was necessary to vocalize them.
I know what you mean.

I think it's just people being people.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Today, while I was doing volunteer work in the student office at my high school, I was forced to endure incredibly obnoxious banter. My job is to run passes to students in various classrooms, which keeps me busy for the majority of the period. Unfortunately, there was a lack of demand today so I was forced to take in the endless array of worthless jargon spewing from the mouths of my "colleagues."
The main perpetrator was an overweight girl

I stopped reading after the highlighted party. Seriously? Was her weight really that important to the story. I suggest you learn how not to be a jerk and stop worrying about what other people are talking about.
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