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I remember I was raised with phone manners and was told to only let the phone ring 4 times and then hang up because that meant the people didn't want to be bothered.
When answering machines came around, sometimes I would let it ring longer waiting for the machine to pick up but there was always those moments where people didn't have answering machines yet and they'd get annoyed I would let it ring 7-8 times. Awkward!
Without question, it has evolved into total dependency. If you disagree, put your phone away for 2 weeks. The high majority of you guys couldn't survive.
BTW, as a kid, we didn't exactly pick up the phone and talk to Sarah in Mayberry, but we did have to tell the operator a 3 digit number to be connected using our partyline phone (if the other person wasn't already using the shared phone line).
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A smartphone is just a computer that you always have with you. If you don't like it, go live in a cabin in the woods and read Moby Dick by candlelight.
I think so. People would lose their ****ing minds if they were taking away, so I'd call that an addiction.
Society sure has. I feel like the only one under 30 without a smart phone, and I'm proud of it.
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My roommate at IU had one freshman year. It was old school analog phone like the one shown in the picture. Hoosiers lost a close one at #10 Duke that year in the ACC - BigTen Challenge. I remember it made a very satisfying ringing sound when we chucked it down the hallway, shattering it, at the end of the game.
It would have been better had you ended with:
Looked around.... And holy hell everyone was fucking... Then I rubbed one out and stuck my face in Wanda's buttocks then tossed her salad while Randy tugged my weiner.. I didn't mind, all the kids were asleep
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That's all well and good, but the incessant usage is all pervasive. People are incapable of shutting off their "computer" at the restaurant table, in church and even at funerals. They are so self absorbed that they think they "need" their phones at all times.
It was just a matter of time until Grandpa chimed in, likely typing on one of these:
I would love to throw my phone away at times, but yes society as a whole is dependent on them. I would probably lose my job and several friends if I did.
Dont get me wrong I am on the thing a lot and the convenience is great but it is a great feeling being on vacation and shutting the phone off.
LOL at the 'old timers'. Grew up with a party line... each party had a separate ring... was confusing as hell for a kid..
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Considering my computer just took a shit on me. I guess I'm now dependent. If I shut my phone off for two weeks there's no way I would have a job. How do I pay my super expensive smart phone bill after that?
I'm sure I could survive just fine without my phone, I just don't want to.
lemme guess you own a flip-phone
Like he owns a cell phone at all...
Spoken like a true addict
I can stop any time I want...see I just went 30 seconds without checking Facebook.
AAh....eyes burning....need to stare at very small screen!!!
Shit...in the old days, after 4 rings, I would just put the phone down on the counter and walk away...coming back to it after a few minutes to see if it was still ringing.
I don't think it's an addiction. I think it's just the way technology is moving. Imagine this 5 years down the road; no one has PCs, everything is cloud based, and your work computer is a smartphone. You go into the office and set your phone next to your monitor and it shares your screen....it's coming. Some of the technology for this is already out there, smartphones just don't have the computing power yet.
100 years ago, people were talking about others were addicted to toilets because people would use them to go poop and pee. Now, everyone poops and pees in toilets.
Wussification of America.
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I actually don't own a smart phone. I keep a Pay as You Go phone and pay less than $30 a month. I don't call many people and have unlimited texting, which I probably get fewer than 10 texts a day. I'm okay with that.
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I don't know what "cloud based" means, and I don't want to.
I think it's kind of crazy that kids today have cell phones. I picture a group of 4th graders sharing their porn with each other at recess. Remember being young and calling your buddies house? You would always get the mother/father or asshole brother first.
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I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
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