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Cell Phones Suck

Not only do they track your every move, listen in on you, and heat up your brain...cell phones are also destroying human communication. Notice how so many people can hardly talk anymore?

They mumble with a quiet, weak voice because they barely use it!

How ironic is that? A supposed communication device is in actuality an anti-social tool that is destroying our language, and our speech.

Do people still talk? Barely. They're too busy texting. ALL of my friends now text more than they talk on their cell phones.

I work in the restaurant business...picture this:

Lunchtime, 12:00pm on a Friday, and the place is packed. But you wouldn't know it if you were in the kitchen area because nobody could hear anyone talking out front. I looked out into a sea of zombified people staring into their phones as if they were looking at the true meaning of life. Nobody was talking to one another. The place was full, but dead quiet as the bright lights of peoples phones rendered all of them mute.

Ever go out to a bar and all you see are people constantly on their cell phones? What the hell's the point of going out to a bar if you're not going to actually talk to people? They used to call a bar a, "speakeasy," because once people got a few in them, they tended to conversate away with total strangers.

Who'd of thought that a cell phone would be more powerful than booze?

Ultimately, what are cell phones doing to our society besides tracking us, listening to us, and heating up our brains?

Cell phones are making us speechless. If we can't talk and communicate with one another on a human level instead of through some kind of technological interface, humanity is screwed.

"All we need to do is KEEP TALKING."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zijN2r3ZKI

"For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals
Then something happenend which unleashed the power of our imagination
We learned to talk."

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Cell phones

have become the equivalent of a security blanket. I honestly don't know anybody (except myself) that is willing to go anywhere or even function without one. I was previously hooked, too, but nearly a couple of years ago I flipped a coin, the cell phone lost and my experiment began. I keep a prepaid stashed for occasions when I might need it but it hardly ever gets used or even powered on. I feel sorry for all of those people I see constantly glued to their touchscreens addicted to facebook-twitter-texting. I love technology but the freedom I found in ditching my mobile is far more valuable to me. It's the way of the future.

Since the parents don't (or will not)

teach proper cell phone use and etiquette, perhaps the schools should. (at least it would be better than the sex education! IMO)

I have a cell phone (prepay) and I buy the minimum number of minutes just before it runs out. I never use all the minutes. It is mostly for emergency use, if I want to talk to someone for an extended time I will either visit them or call them on the land-line.

A friends daughter has had two (2) car wrecks while driving and texting, the first one almost killed her but she didn't learn anything from it!

At place where I was working for a couple of years there was a lady that came in once a week, and over the two year span she was always talking on her cell phone. I never knew when she was talking to me or the cell phone. Other people would come in to cash a check and when I asked for identification they would get mad about me interrupting their cell phone conversation. Unfortunately, my boss wouldn't let me hand their check back and say "Have a nice day!"

Thanks for the post, zooamerica and

thanks to everyone who commented here. I don't feel so odd anymore. I thought I was the only one here who thought that way about cell phones. Yep... feeling much better about not having one and not wanting one.

BTW, I find the constant texting I see going on everywhere I go to be absurd.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

you cant blame cell phones...

you cant blame cell phones... maybe the frying the brain part, even though there is no evidence to prove any negative side effects from cell phone usage (when I say no evidence, its not definitive, there are pros and cons on both sides).

We must blame our culture and the individuals who succumb to this. I own a phone, I text, I use it. Its a great tool. An amazing piece of technology. I also put it away for hours in the day to focus on whats in front of me. We cannot put blame on technology.

Guns dont kill people, people kill people. Cell phones dont ruin social interaction. People who abuse their cell phones and are too self absorbed to see how their digital actions affect others are what need to be adressed. Same with Facebook, Television, etc, etc.

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

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This thread promotes ignorance.

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You mean, cell phones F-ing Suck!

Ok Ok, I know cell phones can do some amazing things. (911 when possums attack) But you're spot on. I was a late social bloomer in school--when I started hanging out with more kids in high school everyone would be in the same room texting someone else. It made me want to cry, or cry out at least! Sitting in a room, a generation, filled with ghosts. Put the phone down and talk, please!

Completely disagree

Ive met many people in my life who are very anti-smart phone and anti technology in general. Everytime I meet one I picture an old coot raising a wrinkly fist in the air and screaming "You damned kids and your rock-n-roll!" I just picture all the advancements in technology just over the past century and the hordes of people unwilling to accept it during that time period. Im sure when books were invented, old people lamented the fact people were spending their time reading and not listening to good old stories around a camp fire.

I for one am amazed by the technology I hold in my hands (a samsung galaxy for those who are curious) but I acknowledge its faults. Although, in an era of domestic drones and cameras on every street corner one wonders about the devestation of gps when we are being tracked every minute of the day regardless. For all the faults though, I feel progress in the future for protecting it. Remember when people used to easily be able to steal cars by simple hot wiring? Man, those days seem so long ago. Now, technology has evolved to where those tactics no longer work. Kinda like how *69 no longer works to dialback the last person who prank called you. No, the days have come when new technology has made old tactics impossible. But you know what? Criminals and the like have evolved with the times and are able to hack even into the latest "theft proof" automobiles. We continue to make advancements to thwart them.

I remember a post here awhile back mentioning a service called 'Silent Circle' made as a way to keep telecommunications private. I dont doubt that more of these type services will be made available in the future to combat the ever watchful eye of big brother. Its inevitable in a free market (I consider the internet the free market, its about as free as we can get)

I loooove texting. I work on a naval ship where when I need to contact my Chief, phone calls are a nuisance (I have been yelled at before for calling him in a meeting I didnt know he was attending) With text messege a person can view a piece of information at their leisure and not interfere with what ever task they have at hand. This has been quite useful to me and Ive only had difficulty with one of my seniors who refuses to get a damn texting plan. I jokingly call him Jebidiah because he would fit in an amish village better then the high tech field he works in. I prefer texting over most phone calls as the info needs to get sent where it needs to be with the least amount of hassle.

I am one of those people most others would look at and call a zombie. I constantly scroll through my phone and look up info on the internet. But what people may not realize is the quality of info Im receiving, since Im logged into here on the dp as often as possible. Dont need a laptop, mine sucks and hasnt worked properly in years and getting a new one is too costly. I have everything I need in the palm of my hand. Able to contact as many people worldwide as I need to.

I will never lament progress in what Im able to do with texhnology. You know what I lament and what I think TRUUUUUUULY sucks? PEOPLE WHO USE OTHERWISE GOOD THINGS FOR A PERSONAL AGENDA! Smart phones arent bad, just the people who would use it to further their nwo goals. Just like learning to split an atom wasnt bad, until someone used it to create the A-bomb. For every good thing there are evil, vile people who will take it and use it for evil.

Texting While Walking

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/01/08/opinion/100000001269...

Interesting, funny video...although I do not agree that laws should be passed banning texting while walking. Such laws have been passed in New Jersey.

Interesting discussion!

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

No phone

I have never had a cellphone in my life and I do not plan on it either which seems to amaze and astonish people, especially with some of the work I do. "B...but we can't get ahold of you."
A smile and a wink is my reply......lol

i have a smartphone

And I love it. I understand where you're coming from.

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My daughter seems addicted to her phone

but she hasn't ever been much of a TV person so I guess having her "Pull" information that she wants to read vs. having information "Pushed" into her brain via the idiot box (propaganda at that) I'd rather her be into her phone. I think like all things...in time the smartphone will become more of a tool and not an entertainment device. It does not replace communication for my friends when we are out to eat. We typically do a group attack on anyone making love to their phone at our table.

I use a prepaid phone that cost me $12 to buy and $50 for 1 month unlimited. One of the BENEFITS is my phone runs out of minutes. I used to HATE always being available for anyone all the time. Right now my minutes ran out 2 weeks ago. I'm gonna get it loaded with minutes again soon but it's really nice to be out of minutes for a couple weeks. Its not me that gets upset about being without a phone....its all my friends, that goes to show that my phone is for the convenience of others not myself. Besides, if I need to make a call, all I have to do is walk up to ANYONE and ask to borrow their phone. Don't think I have ever been told no...although I have had to ask the person to dial the number for me because I couldn't find the keypad. lol

destroying human communication...

Einstein: "I fear the day when the technology overlaps our humanity-The world will only have a generation of idiots."

http://weknowmemes.com/2012/11/the-day-that-albert-einstein-...

Don't know if he really said the above quote but it sure fits today.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

"Sucking" is a convenient fiction...

..like "cold" and "dark" and "centrifugal force." They are characterized by what they are not, rather than what they are, because they don't exist. Nothing sucks. Greater air pressure pushes air and dander and dirt into partial vacuums.

That being said (by pedantic me), cell phones are a great convenience and an occasional life-saver. I prefer not to be without one, but will readily jettison it if I ever attempt to elude the police.

However, I thoroughly agree with the tone of your post. Too many superannuated children have been failed by their parents and are abominably rude in public. When cell phone pinheads show up in my shop I ignore their devices and TALK CLEARLY and DISTINCTLY, and a little bit LOUDER than I usually do, so as to interrupt their precious conversations with invisible strangers.

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Too pedantic by far.

If you cause the conditions you described you are sucking. If you cause the opposite you are blowing (which would also be no-existent by your reasoning). Perhaps you are averse to motion or to causativeness.

Truly averse to "causativeness"...

..or even "causativity" or "causation", but quite keen on "cause" or "causality." Your description demonstrates nicely why the fiction is convenient. Thank you.

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I gathered that :P

And you took the bait. The word contains the exact shade of meaning I wished to convey (which the rest of the offered list did not), using acceptable rules of roots with correctly applied suffix definitions. It's truly serendipitous that many writers place communication of their inner feelings along with fluid use of grammar, syntax and many other factors or our language would be much poorer. God forbid that our Twains, Kiplings or Nashes would shrink from jerking chains.

I was jsut tickled that you held up your pedanticity for target practice and my curiosity over whether you'd defend it was uncontainable.

Don't fret, it was jsut a lark.

Over and out.

Thanks again

I keep on learnin' an' learnin'. I jsut love it, larkly or otherwhich. One more favor, please, to continue my inner growth and playful pedantry: What is the significance of colon capital p? As a bit of a cyber-inept troglodyte, I am oft baffled by the haiku of texting.

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Read from left to right;

Tongue and eyes ( a mock, so light).
Capice? (word count plight).

nice original post. thanx.

nice original post. thanx.

Well said...

I never got into texting and even today I don't have a text plan. I agree with you 100%. It's hard to even approach people because they're always on their phones punching away at buttons.

On a different note, I always equated texting to paying for email! And I'll NEVER pay for email.

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Haha, to be fair (and notwithstanding earlier posts I made in this thread): During a number of state GOP conventions [Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona etc.] those were the smartphone video cameras which were able to bring people all over the world LIVE coverage of various shenanigans. Now one might argue that it was the video + internet feed capability of devices, that was really important for such use cases. Not the cell phone part.

The real issue is: These devices can be used in moderation and sparingly, specifically for the use cases of promoting cause of liberty. The big problem is with the mobile phone zombie apocalypse I sited above, leading to further zombification of zombie societies.

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I Totally Agree!

I don't use a cell phone. I have a landline and that's it. Don't like having to live in all these freaking wifi signals either. They cause damage to the bloodbrain barrier and no one knows for sure what the look term effects are going to be. Bad I am sure. There are those damned towers everywhere now and there is no getting away from them. I too see dumbass people in restaurants sitting across from each other just staring at their phones. Makes me wonder how there are so many babies being created these days! Hah!

skippy

I know,

this is the zombie apocolypse.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Cell What?

I'm a 30-something male and I do not own a cell phone. I have not owned a cell phone for 8 years -- since my last job required me to carry one.

I do not get tracked by any companies nor government entities. I do not get tracked by people like IQCarrier. I do not pay outrageous fees to Verizon, AT&T or the likes.

I do not own a cell phone, do not plan on owning a cellphone and do not desire to own a cell phone.

Same Here

For all of the reasons that you don't own one! When I tell people that I don't have a cell phone,they look at me as if I grew a third eye..My son is in his thirties and he doesn't own one either.

Laurelai

Pardon the ignorant question...

but how do you post on Daily Paul? I have been dying to get rid of the smartphone and all the overwhelming data intrusion into my life, but I would not be willing to part with the ability to seek out information. Granted, I don't need a cell phone to use this website, but how do you go about not being tracked?

Do you buy pre-paid charge cards with cash and then just move between internet cafes and other "wired" locations?

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

I'm on a computer most all of

I'm on a computer most all of the day. I don't need a cell phone to post on the DailyPaul.

Google Voice allows me to SMS anyone I wish.

And for the really paranoid times... one can use TOR or any proxy service.

Sorry to Tell You This

But they can track you all day with those new cameras they are installing on top of the traffic lights everywhere now. Those aren't for redlight runners. In fact I read that they are not only hooked into DHS but they are also monitored by corporations to watch the buying and travel habits of the public. Welcome to 1984.

skippy