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Old 08-24-2013, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Also there's the cost, in the US cellphone charges are a total rip off, I have better things to do with my money thank you.
This is one of the reasons I still have a basic flip phone. I pay for internet at home already, plus I have access at work. I'm not paying for it again on a phone.

I dont have Facebook and such so maybe thats why I dont find a smartphone fun or necessary. I used to have Facebook but got bored with it, havent been back on since.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Very true. I actually just got a basic smartphone (for free) justso I could stop getting all the weird stares and bad reactions from women when I pull out my regular slide phone.
That's really sad they'd look at weird or give a bad reaction based on a phone. Is this indicative of what society and/or dating has become?

If I were to go on a date and get a bad reaction from my flip phone that may possibly be an indication that we're not a match. Saying something quick is OK I suppose, but I've had people go on and on about it.

I think people like to think, and appear to others, that theyre popular and have a lot going on socially. The accuracy of their popularity is questionable though.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I had a friend call me about an hour ago.


We exchanged pleasantries, and then he told me about some materials I tentatively committed $10k to.
None of which required a smartphone.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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That's really sad they'd look at weird or give a bad reaction based on a phone. Is this indicative of what society and/or dating has become?

If I were to go on a date and get a bad reaction from my flip phone that may possibly be an indication that we're not a match. h.
I got hassled nearly daily at work by my coworkers over my Motorola SLVR7...which could text, take pics, record video, etc...had it from 2006 till 2011...dropped it 800 times, got it wet...it never crashed or stopped working...and talk about just sliding in your pocket! Not to mention the bet part: battery lasted for DAYS.

But people want To give you ****. In 2011, I got a Sony Ericsson smartphone. I love some of the features, but it (like every smartphone) is chunky and huge and unwieldy. The battery life is better than most. But now all my iPhone-worshipping freakazoid friends and coworkers are on my case about why I don't have an iPhone.

Wtf is wrong with everyone?
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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To be honest its not just the phone thing its the whole need to be looking at a screen 24/7 that makes me wonder. I see kids of 3 or 4 playing games on their parents iPhones while sitting in the cart in the grocery store, SUV's have the option of dvd players 'to keep the kids entertained' even my grandkids seem to spend way too much time on either the pc or their leapfrog games. Have we really lost the power to entertain our children ourselves ? is it too much effort to talk to your child about what you are buying as you do your weekly shop ? or is it all about keeping them quiet ? a very Victorian principle where children were seen and not heard. To me its all very sad.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I've asked people to turn off their phones in a movie and received an angry response.
I asked a girl at a classical concert to turn off her phone or move, since she was pulling it out every 10 seconds to check whatever was so important (guessing something like a Twitter post about her friend's macaroni dinner) - and practically blinding me with the screen. She looked at me like I'd asked her to run naked to Alaska, and for the rest of the concert, kept peeking into her purse like "my preeeeciouuus." Sad.

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It is also extremely rude to be on your phone while at the cash register of a store. I know a few places that have signs saying you will not be served if you're on your phone. Bravo. I saw one guy get very upset when they enforced this rule.
How about the library? I work in a public library, and you wouldn't believe how often I hear phones ringing and people yakking on them. We don't have a no-cell policy, but the rule is that you're not supposed to speak louder than a "library voice." Of course, that is impossible for people on cell phones! Sometimes they'll start out quietly, but within a minute or so they're straight-up yelling.

Recently there was a lady in the actual quiet/study area of the library, using her cell on SPEAKER phone... I just walked up and gave her a "really now???" look, but she continued as though I wasn't even there. And this was a middle-aged woman, too.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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P.S. I say all of this as a devoted iPhone user, but one who knows when to turn off the darned thing. My phone is on vibrate 99% of the time, and stays in my purse (at my desk in the back) ALL DAY while I'm at work... minus break time, when I might visit this forum or check my FB for a few minutes.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:17 AM
 
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I am a proud owner of a Galaxy Note II. It is super handy for things like writing mom an email at work, coordinating events as a Meetup organizer, listening to tunes or playing games while im on the train, or keeping up with grad school homework. I use my phone frequently and I will not make any apologies for it.
Amen, and thank you very much.

Frankly, I think we're starting to get a bit ridiculous in terms of cell phone usage bashing. You'd think cell phone users were gassing Jews or burning crosses on people's lawns in Mississippi or something. Get over yourselves already.

You know what? Unless you're talking about a situation where safety is compromised or it's actually disruptive, news flash--it's none of your business.

There are things I don't care for that I have to admit having an aggravated response to, but they're not my business. I don't like tattoos on women, to me it's like graffiti being sprayed on the rocks at the Grand Canyon. (Tattoos on men--I'm heterosexual, so I don't care.) I despise the SUV fad. I don't like women wearing a bikini top & "boy-cut" shorts for bottoms while at the pool etc, or with bottoms with a different color--to me they should wear the bikini, NO SHORTS, but with the MATCHING bottom (that is the same color, pattern and not "boy cut,"), ONLY the bikini, NOTHING ELSE, or else just wear normal clothes. Either you're wearing a swimsuit or you're wearing normal clothes--not some of both, that's just not the way you do it, if you ask me.

But you know what? I can rant about my feelings on those styles etc all I want, but at the end of the day, they have the right to wear what they want, drive what they want, tattoo themselves all they want, and they can say to me "what business is it of yours" all they want too.

Same thing here.

And by the way I'm 44 and well remember the days before cellular phones, but that is not itself a reason we shouldn't have them now. We also used to not have shots for polio, or air conditioning, or electricity, or the ability to get around by any means other than a horse or a mule. I used to have to get around in the car without a GPS, and was always getting lost, so I'm glad we have GPS as an option. It's called PROGRESS.

And by the way, in church, during funerals or weddings etc, my phone is on vibrate. You will not be hearing "RING!!!!" from me. But if I glance at it to check something--it's none of your business.

LRH
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I have a smart phone myself and only tend to use it when I have some alone time.

Sometimes when I go out to eat lunch by myself I like to watch an episode of "The Office" on Netflix or perhaps play some Candy Crush. When the server comes to the table I put the phone away.

I don't walk around constantly staring at it like some folks do.

It's a great tool because I can check my bank account balance when I need to.

I can use the Googlemaps app to find an address.

I can use my Gasbuddy to find cheaper gas prices.

While I am looking at televisions at Best Buy I can look up the prices at Walmart and save myself 50 dollars or more by shopping elsewhere.

I can check and see what the weather is supposed to be like that day when I'm on my way somewhere.

Again when I have some down time, like waiting for an appointment or standing in a long line I check my Facebook and see what's going on with friends and family.

My phone takes such great pictures that I got rid of my actual digital camera and primarily use my phone instead since I can email my photos immediately so that I don't lose them.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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Amen, and thank you very much.

Frankly, I think we're starting to get a bit ridiculous in terms of cell phone usage bashing. You'd think cell phone users were gassing Jews or burning crosses on people's lawns in Mississippi or something. Get over yourselves already.

You know what? Unless you're talking about a situation where safety is compromised or it's actually disruptive, news flash--it's none of your business.

There are things I don't care for that I have to admit having an aggravated response to, but they're not my business. I don't like tattoos on women, to me it's like graffiti being sprayed on the rocks at the Grand Canyon. (Tattoos on men--I'm heterosexual, so I don't care.) I despise the SUV fad. I don't like women wearing a bikini top & "boy-cut" shorts for bottoms while at the pool etc, or with bottoms with a different color--to me they should wear the bikini, NO SHORTS, but with the MATCHING bottom (that is the same color, pattern and not "boy cut,"), ONLY the bikini, NOTHING ELSE, or else just wear normal clothes. Either you're wearing a swimsuit or you're wearing normal clothes--not some of both, that's just not the way you do it, if you ask me.

But you know what? I can rant about my feelings on those styles etc all I want, but at the end of the day, they have the right to wear what they want, drive what they want, tattoo themselves all they want, and they can say to me "what business is it of yours" all they want too.

Same thing here.

And by the way I'm 44 and well remember the days before cellular phones, but that is not itself a reason we shouldn't have them now. We also used to not have shots for polio, or air conditioning, or electricity, or the ability to get around by any means other than a horse or a mule. I used to have to get around in the car without a GPS, and was always getting lost, so I'm glad we have GPS as an option. It's called PROGRESS.

And by the way, in church, during funerals or weddings etc, my phone is on vibrate. You will not be hearing "RING!!!!" from me. But if I glance at it to check something--it's none of your business.

LRH
No one is saying cell phones are bad or people that use them are bad. But there are such things as manners. It's flat out rude to use your cell phone when buying something and I applaud the businesses that don't allow it.

Most of the posts are about people being disruptive. It's beyond rude to use the cell phone in a theater or at a concert. It's distracting and disruptive. Other people paid for tickets to watch the movie/concert, not people checking email or their stupid twitter account every 10 minutes. These people are no better than crack addicts.

If you want to walk and look down at your cell phone, fine. But move to one side so normal people can get by.
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