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Are We So Connected That We Are Disconnected  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3617 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

In today's world, with cell phone, texting and I pads, have we become so connected that we are disconnected? Do you think that we lost the ability to say hello to somebody that walk right by us, because we are looking at or cell phone or I pads? Has the art of eye contact with people we see on streets, become a thing of the past? What are your thoughts?

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

If it's a hot chick I say Hello so now we haven't become too disconnected.   

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3770 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Do you think that we lost the ability to say hello to somebody that walk right by us, because we are looking at or cell phone or I pads? Has the art of eye contact with people we see on streets, become a thing of the past?

You know, I don't think I'd run around saying hello to random people on the street in any scenario, even if I didn't have a cellphone. That being said, even though I'm always reachable and enjoy the ability to check my email/facebook/whatever whenever I want to, my phone stays in my pocket or my bag 95 percent of the time when I'm out and about.

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 1):
If it's a hot chick I say Hello so now we haven't become too disconnected.

I'd say this was creepy, but then I'm reminded of the fact that this is A.net and that such a sentiment is probably what passes for normal behavior among the denizens of this site...   

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2525 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Funny, I was thinking about this today. I was walking down the road and saw person after person driving by talking on their cell phones (against the law in this state without a hands-free device by the way). I think it is a generational thing. Younger people only know of a world with cell phones, computers etc. They seem to need to be in constant contact with people electronically - talking on cell phones, texting, Tweeting, emailing etc. Older folks (myself included) are more used to time NOT spent in those activities. Yeah, I'm probably thought of as the old curmudgeon by a lot of the kids at the office.   

User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Not too long ago my niece had a slumber party for four of her friends. My sister (her mother) noticed that the girls were very quiet in their room early in the evening so she went up to investigate. After all having 5 teen girls in a room should be pretty noisy.
She opened the door to find that they were all on their phones texting. To whom? To each other!

She asked her daughter why in the world were they texting each other while they were in the same room? The answer? "Mother, you don't understand, when we text we don't have to deal with each other!".

Also some people think texting is more efficient than talking because the personality of the person is diluted down to just basic information.

[Edited 2011-07-13 20:14:26]


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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11655 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Do you think that we lost the ability to say hello to somebody that walk right by us, because we are looking at or cell phone or I pads? Has the art of eye contact with people we see on streets, become a thing of the past?

Yes and yes. People don't notice what is going on around them because they are too wrapped up in what is going on in their e-world. People have walked into traffic because of texting or e-mail or whatever. People don't hold doors open because of their e-world. I point out things and people who have been there a million times say "Oh, really? I never noticed that!" Well, get your nose out of your Kindle, iPad, iPhone or whatever iCrap you are too wrapped up in and look around once in a while!



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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week ago) and read 1611 times:

I work in retail so for me personally, no. I get paid to be interactive with people and figure out what will make them leave our store happy, so I like to think that, if anything, my ability to connect with people has improved in the last few years!


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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5710 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

This really came home to me last year on holidays when we stayed in a hotel poplular with backpackers which had a fantastic (and beautiful) courtyard with a café/restaurant with communal tables and casual seating. Any time a new batch of tourists would arrive, the first time they'd hit the communal area most would whip out their tablets or smart phones and sit silently for hours.

User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 5):
People don't notice what is going on around them because they are too wrapped up in what is going on in their e-world


That is so true! Problem is most of these people don't realize it!         



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4811 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
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Here in California, even before we became so connected, if you say hi to random stranger out in public, their first instinct is immediately think," creep! What does this guy want ?" You get very unsettled looks from people when you do that. Im always surprised when I travel to other states and I get random "hi, how are you?"...

Quoting type-rated (Reply 4):
Not too long ago my niece had a slumber party for four of her friends. My sister (her mother) noticed that the girls were very quiet in their room early in the evening so she went up to investigate. After all having 5 teen girls in a room should be pretty noisy.
She opened the door to find that they were all on their phones texting. To whom? To each other!

When I was a teen in middle school, you had groups of friends huddled in circles on the school yard talking to each other. Today, teens still huddle up in groups, but they all have their ear buds in their ears while looking down at their phones.



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 9):
Here in California, even before we became so connected, if you say hi to random stranger out in public, their first instinct is immediately think," creep! What does this guy want ?" You get very unsettled looks from people when you do that. Im always surprised when I travel to other states and I get random "hi, how are you?"...

One of the reasons I love Texas. Everywhere you go everyone is so nice. They always say Howdy!


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Of course. I remember being a little kid (early 90s) and people in a bus tried to strike a conversation with someone.

Today, everyone is like a zombie looking at a tiny screen thumbing away something.

I think it's sad... I personally dispise cellphones so I have an ancient model, no touchscreen, no apps, no video. I have a very limited text plan, so people can't text me. Yup, Im proud of it.



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

I have noticed that in club/bars, people are too busy texting and updating their Facebook and Twitter accounts to talk to each other. People walking down the street are rarely looking up anymore than a second or so because they are too busy texting/Tweeting/Facebooking...even if they are walking NEXT to someone. It seems the art of conversation is rapidly going to the grave in some of the most social setting. Hell, people are wrapping their cars around telephone poles because they are too busy texting/Tweeting/Facebooking while DRIVING. Put your f'ing ear piece in and TALK...it doesn't take 2 hands nor does it require you to take your eyes off the road!!!

I actually got rid of my smart phone in 2008 (after I no longer needed it for work), got a crappy flip phone from like 1990, BLOCKED text messaging and internet which forced my friends to actually CALL and talk to me instead of texting or sending me a message on Facebook thinking I would see it on my phone. It worked well until I almost grounded some aircraft because the AOG desk was texting me to help with an issue I was familiar with and my texts were blocked LOL. So, in 2010, I brought back a very LIMITED text plan (200 texts for $5/month I think) just in case someone needs to text me or I can't talk on the phone but I can still text. If you want to have a conversation with me though...you pretty much need to CALL me and TALK to me.  



"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

In Philadelphia they just passed a law making it illegal to text while walking. Some people just can't do it without walking into buildings, traffic or other people. Lots of communities currently have laws prohibiting driving while texting.

B6JFKH81, I agree totally with you. It's a damned PHONE, talk into it! Texting on a phone is like using a shoe as a condom, it'll work but ends up being useless.

Because people text more than talk to each other I think in a few years we'll see some of the most self centered and rude people yet. Texting does not teach social manners. But for some of them, Darwin will get them before they become adults.

Could we stand another "It's ALL ABOUT ME!" decade?



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 13):
Texting on a phone is like using a shoe as a condom, it'll work but ends up being useless.

BEST.....COMPARISON....EVER!!!!




"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months ago) and read 1260 times:

While I know what is happening in the big cities, living 20 miles from the nearest city (of any size), I have very little problem with the "texters"; we DO have a lot of 24/7 cell phone addicts running around driving on the wrong side of the road, on blind curves, etc. blathering away on their damned cell phones.

My need for a cell phone is limited to when I need to travel out of town alone, which is usually quite infrequent; ( until just lately ) so now I take a "trac phone" with me, and I "report in" for 10 minutes each evening; ( about 5 min of that is taken up by saying hello to both cats, and one of the three dogs. ) ( I don't talk to the bird, but he/she quits "chirping" when I leave, and only resumes when I return. ) I really despise talking on a phone; (unless it's for a very good reason, such as to call the bank to check my balance, or to make a doctor appt., etc.

We were in the Chicago area all last week for a wedding, home Sat. nite late, and stayed inside Sun, Mon & Tues ( due to 100 degree heat outside  when I drove down to the the "old mill" this evening, 10 people commented......Hey Charley, where ya been ? we were getting worried ! ( You would have thought I just got back from a "tour" in Afghanistan ! )

I forgot to mention, I don't have a problem with all the "cell phone maniacs because we have a HUGE deer population around here, and I'm quite accustomed to going 10, 15, even 20 mph to avoid hitting "Bambi", so it also works for the idiots!

Actually, I'm a pretty "placid" guy any more; it's NOT my nature...........it took me 4 or 5 yrs to "retrain" myself, after 40 yrs of 1,500 to 2,500 miles a week, much of it on Interstates, and getting in fist fights with other smart ass truck drivers in median strips, etc. My cardiologist says "you're the calmest, trimmest former truck driver I've ever seen in here ! How do you manage it ?" I thought about that for a while; it's not the first time I'd heard it. Finally, the best thing I could think of, was "I have trained myself to be "unlike" most ( not all) everyone else; I don't smoke, I don't drink alcohol, I don't use drugs or anything else to "get high", I don't lie, I never steal, and I try very hard to always be in a good mood, no matter what ! ( I also must be clairvoyant........I can "sense" a bunch of "oh BS's from A.net members ) So go ahead, have a good laugh.......it's good for you ! Meanwhile, at age 78, my "ticker" is great, my BP is like 120 / 65, and my PSA has "plummeted" from 8 ( when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, to .1 on my last semi-annual exam. My eye internal pressure is holding at normal now for 5 yrs ( I have glaucoma ) and my doctors all tell me I'm in better health than most 45 & 50 yr olds.

So to any young A.netters who regard me as a "cranky old conservative .........................." ( you can fill in the blank, I left plenty of room ) here's a "tip"; no, not an "opinion", this is a FACT.................we all have a "birthday" every 12 months; we all "grow older" at exactly the same rate; but when we ALL get to a certain number of "birthdays from when we were born...............for some reason,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there is one hell of a lot of difference in our physical condition, and, more to the point, It's largely up to YOU as to what that condition will be ! Forget politics, forget democrats and republicans, forget EVERYTHING except ( at least until tomorrow ).........."how long do I want to BE HERE ?" ( I have a definite "goal" but I'm not going to say what it is ) I'm very surprised I replied to this thread,,,,,,,,I had no idea I would; but something just told me to "go ahead". See, what may really surprise many of you............I don't "get mad" at people just because they disagree with me; "getting mad" not only never wins arguments, but it DOES actually SHORTEN one's life! Think about that when you try so hard to insult the next person who disagrees with "your view"; I guess an analogy would be ( and yes, I just "thought this up", so it's "original" ) trying to drown a duck by pouring water on him; the water just runs off, the damned duck doesn't even get wet, and YOU just run out of water !

Later.........
Charley

P.S. and being in a "good mood" all the time is definitely MORE FUN !



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
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