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EmbraceURawesomeness posted this thread...
Mar. 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

here ye here ye, *clear throat*, I am greatly disturbed by the affliction that thee (?) has been struck with.
I shall start by ending my weird mood with one smack in the head. (bang.)
k, now i want to seriously discuss the problem with iPhones. The other day, I walked into a starbucks with a bunch of friends, look around the former social hangout, and see a bunch of people looking down. With white strings dangling from their ears, and some compact little black thing in their hands. The room is silent. I turn to my friends to point this out, and already two of them have ear phones plugged in.
knock, knock, is Siri better company then me? ("Well," my friends would probably say, "yeah." But that's beside the point.)
Anyway, lately I've been noticing it everywhere! The whole freaking world is plugged in. And yeah, I'm probably reading too many dystopian novels, but it seems a little bit dangerous. If a girl and a guy are on a date, and instead of talking they're texting, that could lead to bad things. No social skills. Barely any talking. No eye contact.
Imagine everybody took one day a week where they locked their phones somewhere far away. Where they spoke, and- get this, asked a PERSON for directions.

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Mar. 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

i have a dumb phone :P soooo i know what you're saying.
it is so annoying i'll see two people on a bench and they are talking through text, it's ridiculous. my family and i stick with good old fashion map! and when we're lost we ask a person, and they usually pull out theire i phone.
it is everywhere and i'll see little kids maybe 8 or 9 years old with phones.
what is this world coming to...

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Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

yup, what IS the world coming to?
btw, i shouldn't really judge because my parents refuse to buy me a phone- i know, neglect- but i know from the other end of the line, when all my friends completely tune out and i'm stuck there with no one to talk to.
cool that you have a Dumb Phone (haha) and aren't in Denial..........................
i think i'm gonna be a shrink for technologyobsessiondeniars when i'm older.... or not, but i could make a pretty strong argument.
wtvr. as usual, i'm talking too long.
i'll stop now.

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Breece6 replied...
Mar. 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Machines are only as smart as the people using them.
If you're using your phone to the extent that it's bad for you, it's not the phone that's an idiot, it's you.
Smart phones are great devices for organization, long range communication, and accessing information on the go.  
Entertainment is a luxury they provide.  
So no, Smart phones are pretty smart.
Dumb people are pretty dumb though 

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Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

that was deeeeeeeeep
no srsly, tru point.

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NDserpente replied...
Mar. 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I'm a proud owner of a dumb phone!  Pantech Jest 2 I think?  I love it; I like being smarter than my phone.  I like the simplicity of it.

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DreamAngel replied...
Apr. 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thankfully, we humans have always had a strong drive for HUMAN contact, and still do. I'm "plugged in" a lot because right now I'm finding music very, very helpful with some of the crap I have going on in my life. I use it not because I'm oblivious to what I'm doing, but because I'm purposely trying to get out. So, when people plug in, it's usually along those lines.
At least, so I thought. It does seem like a good amount of 'em are just too busy instagramming (Which I honestly don't find all that enthralling myself) than human contacting. Weird.
But, hopefully we will not succumb to robotics and only succumb to the pleasures of music once in an occasional while.

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May 1, 2013 at 12:12 am


Stop reading dystopian novels....
I have these images of my head of us all thinking our robots love us, till one day they have a big robotic rebellion and they're all gonna crash on us and pop! goes the weasel.... 
I know, I know. Don't make fun of me.

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