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Forum topic by Hinge posted 12-19-2013 06:06 AM 1045 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 06:06 AM

I can’t remember the last time (except for sports) that I needed to watch TV. I have an Android tablet with HBO, Showtime, Netflix and Youtube apps proudly on the home screen. I have the Kindle app installed and get all my news using the Taptu app. My email and weather are a tap away. I can locate any town or city in the world and get directions on how to get there. I can surf the web and my camera is not but a tap away. All the pictures I take are stored on my tablet and automatically uploaded to Google+ for safe keeping. I can take a picture and seconds later my daughter in Houston Texas can see it. I use my tablet to make phone calls, not just video calls to another computer but plain old phone calls thanks to Google Voice. I can go into my contacts app, tap a phone number and get connected.

I am 66 years old and never dreamed or could even conceive that I would one day be using this little 10 inch tablet to accomplish most of everything in my everyday life…including receiving an email bill and paying it without getting out of my chair. If for some strange reason I receive a check from someone I can also deposit the check from the same chair. When I was a kid the Dick Tracy watch was science fiction. Now look where we are? To me this is beyond amazing. I’m happy that my age group just happened to slide into this age, although I do have some friends that are not very technically competent. The fact that I can do all of this also allows me to keep up with my grandkids. I play chess realtime with my grandson and saw what my granddaughters xray of her broken toe looked like just minutes after the xray was taken.

If this is not amazing then I don’t know what is. I would love to be around in a hundred years to see where we are then.

-- The Jesus is my Savior

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 11:35 AM

Hinge, I’m 60 and I share your amazement! Skyping with the grandkids (even those who live 5 minutes away), using online banking, using navigation apps – it’s all incredible.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 12:58 PM

It is incredible, but not all in a good way.

A couple of months ago I attended a cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerti.
Throughout the entire 2 days a guy a few rows across from me sat and tapped away on his iPad – I don’t really understand why he bothered to come.
I’ve been at other gigs near people who spent the whole time shouting into their phones, or frantically texting – I find it hard to believe that those conversations and texts were so important that they couldn’t wait 30 minutes until the band’s set had finished, but apparently the texter deemed that they were.
At similar gigs you’ll see people who aren’t actually watching the band, they’re just recording it on their mobile phones – forget that that’s usually expressly prohibited – but surely the essence of “live gig” is the word “live”, and I query the wisdom of doing that through a 3 inch screen. Sometimes they get in my line of sight, and I ask them to stop, and they look at me like I’m some kind of weirdo for actually wanting to see the group on stage in real time.
And why, if I’m in a shop talking to a sales assistant, is it more important to deal with whoever phoned their mobile than it is to continue the conversation with me? I don’t have enough fingers to count the shops I’ve walked out of, never to return again, when this has happened.
When did you last see someone reject a mobile phone call? If I’m talking to you and my mobile rings, I’ll check to see who it is – I might accept a call from my wife’s sister, who lives abroad and would only be phoning if it was an emergency, otherwise I’ll reject – because I’m busy talking to you – why should an incoming phone call take priority?
I’ve registered several formal complaints against bus-drivers texting on their phones whilst driving past the “Dangerous stretch of road – 73 people killed last year” signs. Since what they’re doing is illegal, and they know it, they’re doing it between their legs, trying to hide the fact. No response, of course, which is par for the course in this “technological” age. When I used to work, I worked. Nowadays, it seems, when you’re at work you work between dealing with your electronic “social” life.

I think the “older generation” – which I now count myself amongst, have a much more level-headed approach to these things than the “younger generation”. Skyping (is that really a verb?) the grandkids being possibly the greatest leap forward.

6 year olds with mobile phones?! Is this really a step forward?

In a technological age where staying in contact ought to be easier, banking ought to be easier, a whole lot of things ought to be easier, why aren’t they? Banks, big/medium/small business etc etc used to answer the phone and you could talk to someone. In those days that person was actually in the same country as the place you’d phoned. But they don’t answer emails. Why is that?
It seems to me that people are becoming more isolated as a result of being able to twook or tweek or whatever it’s called – “I’m in Sainsbury’s now, looking at dog-food” – the world really needed to know.

I would love to be around in a hundred years to see where we are then.
Take a look at “Black Mirror” Season 1, Episode 2 – if we haven’t blown the place up, it may not be such a good place.

I apologise for the rant.
Yes – brilliant things, but, alas, in my opinion, almost always abused.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 09:28 PM

Knickknack, whereas we have an endless supply of amazing technology I am sorry to say the cupboard is near bare of manners and consideration for others. I believe the two can coincide. Many do not care.

-- The Jesus is my Savior

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 09:57 PM

Knickknack, Very well said!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 10:06 PM

I’m not sure it’s that many do not care as much as it is that many do not have the mental capacity to realize what they’re doing to others.

I’ve always been bothered by those people in the grocery store, pushing a cart, who look to the right while pushing their cart to the left. I hope you know what I mean. You’re trying to go around them and they smash into you (or your cart). I was with my mother in the grocery store one time during her later years – when her mental capacity had greatly declined – and I noticed her doing it! My own mother was an offender! She certainly cared about other people but she just didn’t have the capacity to walk, push, look, select while also being completely aware of her surroundings.

I think it’s the same among many of those who use technology in such a way that offends or bothers others.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 05:12 AM

Social media sites…..... Where did we as a culture develop the burning desire to post our every move in life online? I mean does anybody think I care that someone used the toilet and made a mess after eating some Mexican food? Or that Alfie just stubbed his toe, he is crying, oh now he is okay, oh look he saw his face in the mirror and is crying….and so on. It is like a running commentary of someone’s life play by play.

How many times has someone asked me a question, I stop and then have to WAIT while they yak on the phone stuck on some small device looking suspiciously like a BORG implant from Star Trek? (laughing) Despite shouting out a warning I watched today as a co-worker played a game on his phone and walked right into a trailer hitch of a raised truck on the lift. Went down like rock, skull = dented and they worry he may have swelling of the brain. Tech is great, has many fantastic uses but for me it seems to have made this generation rude and extremely lacking in social skills. Try that texting thing when I am at work, the phone is in my other pants pocket in the car until I change at the end of the day. Have an emergency you call and use the exchange, waste my time on some NON emergency and get verbally beaten down so you understand, as I was taught, we do not bother dear old Dad at work short of nuclear war, or we won the lottery. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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