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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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jrd3820's picture

Skippy d

Do you have a link to what you read about the cameras being used by corporations to track habits of the public? I ask because I am in this debate on another site with a guy who honestly thinks becoming a surveillance nation is ok because it will cut back on crime, he then says we can use cameras to track corporations and politicians to make sure they are being honest... Oh, the insanity!

Unfortunately... you are

Unfortunately... you are correct.

I am still using a dumbphone rather than a smartphone.lol

I only use my dumbphone(only does calls and text) prepaid cell about 50-60 minutes a month.I only use it when I am not home for important calls.For a home phone I use a magicjack plus which works just like a regular land line if you have high speed internet and you get unlimited minutes for $30 a year.So it only costs $2.50 a month for my home phone with unlimited minutes and about $7 a month for my pre paid cell with minimal minutes.Pretty happy with that combo for about $10 a month.

+1 for MagicJack. I run the

+1 for MagicJack. I run the same operation here, MJ + work cell phone. I don't even notice my telcom expenses at $30 a year.

FYI - There is a program out there, Google Voice MJ that will run on a Magic Jack with no subscription. Further lowering your cost.

Blah.

magicjack is planning on offering low cost 4g internet as well.

looking forward to dropping my cable co.high speed internet that costs $50 a month for their planned 4g internet service.I got rid of cable tv 6 years ago and just get over the air digital tv for free.Does anyone here have any suggestions for other low cost high speed internet options?

Hummm, What Happens With Centralization?

My concern is what happens when you get centralization (monopoly) of services?

Your competitors lobby Congress to regulate (as in "control" not "make regular" as specified in the Constitution) it.

That type of centralized power becomes a target. (Also, my friend who has Magicjack complains about the quality and the way it drops calls at a certain length.)

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

You're right!

I do not own a smartphone. I own a dumb phone. And everytime I am in the presence of a smartphone, I become unable to communicate with the people who own the smartphone. All I can do is just watch them immerse themselves in their worldly bubble, with a sad, distant expression.

And I'm supposed to be part of that young generation.

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

jrd3820's picture

im there with you

I am 27 and would not own a smartphone if I was paid to do so, this somehow confuses my friends a lot. Lately when I hang out with people that have smartphones I usually leave early because it is not fun to watch someone sit on their phones. What is this addiction to media about? I also do not have a facebook page and I am only active on one other forum site (even that one I do not visit often). I am so behind my time.

egapele's picture

Not so with me - I think it's a great thing.

I just got a smart phone and I love it!

I can very easily access the internet on it as well as my email. I was even able to start reading a book on it while waiting in line to pick up the kids from school.

I can take pictures on it and email it to family/friends straight from the phone.

I can do my thing, get out and about and stay out and about without the need to sit at my desktop.

Heyyy!! Look a golden eagle just landed in that tree!!

them: tree?... eagle... barely pulling eyes away from hand held screen.

me: sigh...

When I'm driving Nick somewhere he has to find 5-10 interesting things on the way there. I can't stand what hand helds have done to people's simple ability to see their surroundings

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

egapele's picture

Watch your mouth, please.

I am a mother of four kids, aged 13, 12, 10 & 8. All were reading before Kindergarten. They play instruments, draw exceptional artwork and are a delight to my husband and my life.

I am fortunate enough to be at home to manage our heating & air conditioning business but my desk top computer ties me down and away from the outside world - away from any exotic animals you describe.

From where I sit at my desktop, I can't see too many of these exotic birds you describe.

All I ever observe are miserable people in a rush to do nothing excpt give snarky, condescending looks at everyone around them.

BTW, I lived in the Adirondack Mountains for fifteen years, after growing up in Bronx, NY, the 7th of 8 kids of Irish immigrants - my father came over on a boat in 1959.

I now live in the South among people who think that because I am Catholic, I have direct orders from the Pople to take over the world.

Ironic for you, I'm sure.

I agree

I only have one because someone gave me a free one ie. gift, and it was not Obama lol

I really cannot stand it for speaking but it has a video camera which is useful for safety reasons.

donvino

Wow! Fascinating post and observations.

I never thought of it this way but will be more observant.

I don't have a smart phone and don't think I will.

The old flip phone is very reliable and does the trick.

I don't have the Internet but may buy a tablet for that one day.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

My sister recently

bought me a nook color. She knows that I'm an avid reader and I can download thousands of books for free! When I went to her house last week I found that I could also access internet sites and my email using her wireless internet. I don't use it regularly for internet and only use it for email when I'm away from home for several days. But if internet access, email, and youtube videos are all you want a computer for then I would suggest you check out the ebook readers. Most isp's that provide dsl use a wireless router, so you can enable the wireless when you want to and leave it off when you don't. I will admit that it's a bit slower than a desktop, but I'm not an impatient person! :-)

I Couldn't Agree More

And I am among the younger generation. I don't even own a smartphone. I don't use my phone at all during the day while I am at work, and then use it sparingly when I get home. The top reason I own a cell phone is for emergency purposes. When I was in high school there was a band of teachers who vowed never to buy a cell phone. I think only a few still do not have one.

Freedom is popular-RON PAUL 2012 til I die!

I am afraid we are going to

I am afraid we are going to have a whole generation lost before people realize how addictive and damaging they are

I took the memory card

out of my phone, crushed it, and sent the rest to the dump. I saw myself becoming one of 'those people.'

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Traveling anywhere in the

Traveling anywhere in the world in subways these days, doesn't matter where - New York, London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal....is an "interesting" experience.

All you see are zombie after zombie masses with stooped posture, with their heads facing down at a small screen and fat thumbs scrolling up and down through spam in Facebook feeds.

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Great pictures to exemplify

Great pictures to exemplify the point.

But a picture is no longer worth a thousand words...

A picture is now worth a thumb scroll at best.

It amazes how we live in a world full of communication technology, but are we REALLY communicating?

Am I communicating anything right now via text? Or am I just preaching to the choir?

I've said a lot in this post, but then again, I haven't spoken a word about it to anyone.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

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Well, it depends on whether you're reading this post right now on a smartphone in a subway....with your head stooped low.....

;-)

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