Article: Have Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by MichaelWinicki, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Shinaoi

    Shinaoi Well-Known Member

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    I know my attention span isn't what it use to be because of the quick and fast pace nature of the phone.
     
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  2. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    A sign of the times = real time news.

    Back then, there were no updates until you got to radio or next days newspaper.



    Riddle me this batman... if those newspapers updated themselves back in 1916... would you say no one would re open the paper.... KNOWING... it updated??

    Lol
     
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    You know as well as I do most of the activity taking place on a smart phone has nothing to do with finding out what the most recent news is...

    It's more like, "Hey I just took a dump."

    Or "Check out my new tat".

    Or "Don't you just luv Justin Bieber."
     
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  4. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    Yep. There's a difference between what something can be used for and what it actually is used for. I don't have any social media accounts. That doesn't mean I can't name any positive uses of social media. I can probably name more than most. But I don't have social media because it's overwhelmingly used in the worst possible and least productive ways. Let's not pretend that people are maximizing the platform.
     
  5. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    And you can certainly say other platforms like newspaper (reading the comics) or TV (Jerry Springer) do have their own mindless areas, but the difference with say TV and a smartphone is that most people do not have the TV on for every waking minute and it holds their attention for much of that time. Smart Phones have created a society of Pavlov's dogs where is someone is awake, they have that smart phone with them– And they're paying a lot of attention to it.
     
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  6. Vtwin

    Vtwin Power and Performance

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    I'm reading this thread on my phone when I should be mowing the lawn.
     
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  7. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    You see that's the problem with society. Please read entire thread .... THOROUGHLY...


    Lmao
     
  8. Hardline

    Hardline Well-Known Member

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    Noam Chomsky is the last person I would listen to.
     
  9. Hardline

    Hardline Well-Known Member

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    There is not an intellectual movement. It's a movement against pseudo intellectuals that think they know more than anyone else.
     
  10. BanditHiro

    BanditHiro Well-Known Member

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    unfortunately, that isn't the case because pseudo intellectuals like Anti-Vaxers, Climate Denialist, people that think the world is 8000 years old etc. have a much bigger voice than they really should especially in the government.
     
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  11. Hardline

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    This is what I mean by pseudo intellectuals. There isn't a shred of evidence of man made climate change and the climate alarmist want to lecture those that know better. AntiVaxxers are nuts and those that believe in the religion of evolution cannot prove their theory .
     
  12. pjtoadie

    pjtoadie Cleveland's #1 Cowboys fan

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  13. Trouty

    Trouty Dakistani Zone Supporter

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    Coming from you, that makes me like him more.


    Seriously.
     
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  14. Trouty

    Trouty Dakistani Zone Supporter

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    What do you know about him?

    Please, educate me on your views.

    And if it's some dip **** non-sequitor, spare me and ignore this post.
     
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  15. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Actually, there is very little debate among people who are well educated in climate change.
     
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  16. Reverend Conehead

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    There are things I like and dislike about the smartphone era.

    What I like:

    It's a great tool for learning a foreign language. I was shopping for a shower curtain at Walmart and wanted to know how to say that in French. In moments I knew that it was "rideau de ******." In past years, when I was learning German, I had to carry around a small notebook and write the word down and look it up in a dictionary later. Even then I wouldn't know if it was the commonly used word or was regional or archaic. Now I can ask on language learning forum if an expression is the one used.

    I like being able to easily navigate a city I'm visiting and am unfamiliar with. I as able to do this even in a foreign country when I visited Switzerland.

    I like being able to easily find restaurants to my liking. In the past I may have settled for Burger King when I was really in the mood for Mexican food or Chinese.

    I like being able to easily stay in touch with family via text messaging. I'm not addicted to texting. I don't do it that often, but when I do, it's for staying in touch.

    What I dislike:

    I cannot stand what these phones have done to the experience of going to see a movie. There’s always some idiot texting or doing some dumb thing on his smartphone. Those things glow brightly and are very distracting in the theatre.

    Teachers actually have to make students give up their phones during class because they’ll text and do god knows that on their stupid phones instead of paying attention.

    Smartphones are yet one more thing to keep people from reading books.

    edit: rideau de ****** is French and is not a swear word
     
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  17. diefree666

    diefree666 Well-Known Member

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    actually you are quite wrong. Especially as more revelations come out about 'doctored' temperature records.
     
  18. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    Careful, this is turning into a political thread.
     
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  19. diefree666

    diefree666 Well-Known Member

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    frankly its hard to find anything that someone will not claim is political anymore. One reason I do not spend much time here in the Off Topics zone is that its gotten boring
     
  20. JoeyBoy718

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    I don't think anyone can deny the value of phones and the internet. The examples you mentioned are things I'm very grateful for. The issue is letting your phone consume you rather than using your phone for its many values.
     
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