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(tech news daily)   Nielsen survey finds that older white men have the fewest number of smart phones, most VCRs still flashing 12:00   (technewsdaily.com) divider line 71
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2012-05-09 06:21:00 AM
Real men don't talk to each other over the phone.
 
2012-05-09 08:15:26 AM
Dagnab it.
 
2012-05-09 09:35:17 AM
I'm a member of the old white guy with no smart phone team
 
2012-05-09 09:44:52 AM

Sgygus: Real men don't talk to each other over the phone.


. . . we punch the ground in Morse code?
 
2012-05-09 09:45:04 AM
"Penetration by Ethicity"?

Pretty sure I've seen that movie.....
 
2012-05-09 09:45:15 AM

catusr: I'm a member of the old white guy with no smart phone team

but without a VCR, DVD or Blu-Ray player.

/FTFM
 
2012-05-09 09:45:43 AM
Ethnicity, even.
 
2012-05-09 09:47:55 AM
Submitter just described my dad.
 
2012-05-09 09:52:46 AM
Study is worthless without methodology. I'm calling bullshiat.
 
2012-05-09 09:53:54 AM
Old white guy with a smartphone here...still don't talk to anyone but it is a great portable everything.
 
2012-05-09 09:54:08 AM

Sgygus: Real men don't talk to each other over the phone.


static.tvfanatic.com

"The less I know about other people's affairs, the happier I am. I'm not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes."

/has no smart phone
//only 30
 
2012-05-09 09:56:47 AM
i149.photobucket.com
LOL - on my `smart' phone!
(as in my shoulder `smarts' from holding the hefty bugger up)
 
2012-05-09 09:57:09 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-09 09:58:28 AM
Because we don't need to be in touch with everyone all the time. If I need to tell you something I can just yell. When will people realize that it all can wait.

/If you'd look up from that dang phone you'd see you're on my lawn!
//Will yelling at the cloud mean something different in the future?
///Slashies are like onions in my belt.
 
2012-05-09 09:58:37 AM

catusr: I'm a member of the old white guy with no smart phone team


Yes, but are you in the elite status of old white guy with out a cell phone?
 
2012-05-09 10:02:19 AM
I'm a little surprised at how even it is for men and women. The women that I know were the first to make the move to smartphones when they became popular a few years ago (Evidently for the texting advantages - women be texting, etc), and are now almost completely converted. My male associates only started making the move in the last 1 - 1.5 years, and it's still probably only about a 70% conversion rate.
 
2012-05-09 10:03:28 AM

Scooty_Puff_Sr: Old white guy with a smartphone here...still don't talk to anyone but it is a great portable everything.


That's me, or at least it will be when I'm legitimately old.
 
2012-05-09 10:07:31 AM

Sgygus: Real men don't talk to each other over the phone.


My dad says talking on the phone is for pussies.

i235.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-09 10:08:21 AM
www.technewsdaily.com


So...100% of the people in the U.S. have either a smartphone or a "feature phone" ?


It would help if they included stats on people who don't have a cel phone at all.
 
2012-05-09 10:18:16 AM
Everybody's talkin' at me. Can't hear a word they're sayin'.
 
2012-05-09 10:20:29 AM

Christian Bale: [www.technewsdaily.com image 419x437]


Heh. Penetration.
 
2012-05-09 10:22:38 AM
I use my personal phone so little that I'm still on my parent's family plan and they don't really care. I don't text and my phone is just a dinky little disposable. I can't fathom how/why people pay 100+ a month just to browse the internet on the bus.

I also have a blackberry, but it was provided by work and I don't pay for it.
 
2012-05-09 10:23:50 AM

dragonchild: Sgygus: Real men don't talk to each other over the phone.

. . . we punch the ground in Morse code?


Real men use Morse.

I chatted with Carlos, OA1F in Chiclayo, Peru on my way home from work yesterday using Morse code on 28.005 MHz. Oddly enough, while New York state recently banned texting while driving, they neglected to ban Morsing while driving...
 
2012-05-09 10:24:53 AM
Subby describes me! Old white guy who still has a VCR but since the controller is busted it flashes 12:00 when the display actually works.

/Pay as you go vintage 2005 phone.
//Why yes I am cheap-don't call me.
///My lawn get the fark off and give me back my onion.
 
2012-05-09 10:27:01 AM

Slaves2Darkness: catusr: I'm a member of the old white guy with no smart phone team

Yes, but are you in the elite status of old white guy with out a cell phone?


I am, if mid-forties is "old".
 
2012-05-09 10:27:36 AM
Christian Bale:

www.technewsdaily.com

I would guess that smartphone penetration rates are higher with women than with men. Certainly less painful.
 
2012-05-09 10:32:41 AM
Christian Bale:

www.technewsdaily.com

It doesn't surprise me that Blacks and Hispanics have higher smartphone adoption rates than whites. Smartphones are quite useful when you are engaged in the types of criminal activities to which those groups are prone.
 
2012-05-09 10:34:47 AM

theorangeshield: I use my personal phone so little that I'm still on my parent's family plan and they don't really care. I don't text and my phone is just a dinky little disposable. I can't fathom how/why people pay 100+ a month just to browse the internet on the bus.

I also have a blackberry, but it was provided by work and I don't pay for it.


Reading this on the bus
 
2012-05-09 10:35:26 AM
Had a "Smartphone" - was a dumb move on my part. Paid for an all-you-can-eat data plan, and barely pissed in the pipeline every month. Computer at home, computer at work and only offline for 45 minutes in the morning and late afternoon.

I can survive that.

Now have a Dumbphone with a full charge I use to call people, and an Ipod with energy to waste on for audio, video and everything else. Saving 600 bucks a year.

...Actually, saving 1200 bucks - no landline.

/Cheap Cheap!
 
2012-05-09 10:37:45 AM
I'm 46, and have never owned ANY kind of mobile phone.
 
2012-05-09 10:39:57 AM
For as much as I use my phone, I might as well have a carrier pidgeon plan. I found out that my phone stopped receiving calls for about two weeks and only missed two calls.

One was from me trying to find my phone.
 
2012-05-09 10:41:33 AM
Another "old white guy" with a dumb phone. I had my so's old iphone for a month and found I had absolutely no use for it, so I switched back to a $12 gophone. My usage is low (most months I average 5 minutes talk and 150 texts and 0 kb data) and frankly 90% of the time I don't even carry it with me.
 
2012-05-09 10:45:45 AM

perigee: Had a "Smartphone" - was a dumb move on my part. Paid for an all-you-can-eat data plan, and barely pissed in the pipeline every month. Computer at home, computer at work and only offline for 45 minutes in the morning and late afternoon.

I can survive that.

Now have a Dumbphone with a full charge I use to call people, and an Ipod with energy to waste on for audio, video and everything else. Saving 600 bucks a year.

...Actually, saving 1200 bucks - no landline.

/Cheap Cheap!




Same here--just without the initial smartphone experiment.

I'm in front of a computer all day and have two at home. Bought a Garmin for the car a few years back, so don't need the map app people use so much. I don't travel for business any more, so I cannot figure out how those things would actually be useful in my life.

/Probably a different outlook if I were 20+ years younger.
//Still use my Denon components and large American Acoustics speakers from '88.
 
2012-05-09 10:55:30 AM
I'm not old enough so it doesn't count but I don't own a smart phone. There's only 2 reasons why not though. Smart phone's are expensive and cheaper non-smart phones still exist.

I like the idea of smart phones, I've used friends ones and I can see how useful they are. But they are too expensive for me to justify when a cheaper phone does what I need.

I believe in not owning technology just for the sake of owning it. I'll buy something if it's useful and within my price range. Not just cause a million other people own it or because it's cutting edge and cool.

/Now I do sound old
 
2012-05-09 10:56:50 AM

Wellon Dowd: Christian Bale:

[www.technewsdaily.com image 419x437]

It doesn't surprise me that Blacks and Hispanics have higher smartphone adoption rates than whites. Smartphones are quite useful when you are engaged in the types of criminal activities to which those groups are prone.


Asians must be some bad................ shut yo mouth
 
2012-05-09 11:17:16 AM
Put me down in the old white guy without a smart phone column.
 
2012-05-09 11:45:37 AM
But what if I'm a younger (not young - 33) white male who has a smart phone and a VCR, but the VCR isn't plugged in because it's sitting on a shelf in the spare room?

And the VCR doesn't have a clock?

/don't even own any VHS tapes
//so confused...
 
2012-05-09 12:09:33 PM
My wife is threatening to get new phones, identical new phones. Difficulty: she has a crackberry now. I like my dump flip-phone. No butt dialing, no busted touch pads, no shattered glass.
 
2012-05-09 12:12:32 PM
Screw you, subby I use my plain old cellphone as a phone. It works fine. It don't need a smartphone for that purpose.

I have a digital camera, too. I take pictures with it. I don't need a smartphone for that purpose, either.

I have a computer. I access the Internet with it. So, I don't need a smartphone for that, either.

Meh. Just f*ckin' meh... Got it?

/my lawn... off of it
 
2012-05-09 12:28:29 PM
Hmm. Our forces gather...

So - lets turn this around:

Here is a cell phone. It makes calls. Surrounding us are quad-cores big 24-inch monitors, for your Fark and Porn amusement. Car is GPS equipped... Here is an Ipod, for portable, pocket A/V without killing your phone battery...

So - WHAT do you need a smartphone FOR?

Twitter? Reminding you to clean your room tomorrow? Angry Birds? What exactly are us Old Guys missing that makes it so vital?
 
2012-05-09 12:30:30 PM

natazha: My wife is threatening to get new phones, identical new phones. Difficulty: she has a crackberry now. I like my dump flip-phone. No butt dialing, no busted touch pads, no shattered glass.


You sound like my father, well except he's not married, he has the same flip Verizon type razor and refuses to upgrade every time he goes in there even though they tell him he's been eligible for 3 years for a new one. Crazy since he needs email access for his office to get him papers he needs to sign when he's not in the office.
 
2012-05-09 12:32:45 PM

perigee: Hmm. Our forces gather...

So - lets turn this around:

Here is a cell phone. It makes calls. Surrounding us are quad-cores big 24-inch monitors, for your Fark and Porn amusement. Car is GPS equipped... Here is an Ipod, for portable, pocket A/V without killing your phone battery...

So - WHAT do you need a smartphone FOR?

Twitter? Reminding you to clean your room tomorrow? Angry Birds? What exactly are us Old Guys missing that makes it so vital?


I have seen our power bill drop since using our touchpads and leaving computers/monitors off for days, you would be amazed how much power tower computers use.
 
2012-05-09 12:33:34 PM

Fark Me To Tears: Screw you, subby I use my plain old cellphone as a phone. It works fine. It don't need a smartphone for that purpose.

I have a digital camera, too. I take pictures with it. I don't need a smartphone for that purpose, either.

I have a computer. I access the Internet with it. So, I don't need a smartphone for that, either.

Meh. Just f*ckin' meh... Got it?

/my lawn... off of it


One of the issues with having a gadget that does everything is that if and when it breaks, you can't do anything.

Say I am an old fuddy-duddy that has a dumb cell phone, a GPS, a camera, and a netbook. If the GPS breaks, I can still use all the other things.

You break a smartphone, and if you depend on it for everything, you're SOL until you get another one.
 
2012-05-09 12:36:24 PM
I have no use for a smartphone. A plain old cell phone is fine with me. Most people that I know who have smartphones mostly use them to play stupid games or look at the internet when they have a moment of free time. I like my free time available to me distraction free so that I might think. Too many people never take the time to sit and think. Consequently their minds are noisy not with any sort of deep thoughts, but with shallow distractions.
 
2012-05-09 12:37:50 PM

perigee: Hmm. Our forces gather...

So - lets turn this around:

Here is a cell phone. It makes calls. Surrounding us are quad-cores big 24-inch monitors, for your Fark and Porn amusement. Car is GPS equipped... Here is an Ipod, for portable, pocket A/V without killing your phone battery...

So - WHAT do you need a smartphone FOR?

Twitter? Reminding you to clean your room tomorrow? Angry Birds? What exactly are us Old Guys missing that makes it so vital?


I'm not a smart phone owner, but the biggest thing is having what is essentially a small, stripped down computer with you at all times. Want to check out google maps in an unfamiliar city? Want to research local bars or shops? Or maybe you just want to check out Fark? That's the beauty of a smart phone.

Now, I can personally live without most of that. I don't have to be able to do any of those things. I can wait until I'm back home or I can get to an internet cafe if I'm on holiday. But it is more convenient to just be able to pull an iphone out of your pocket and go online right there if you are trying to find something in particular.
 
2012-05-09 12:42:01 PM

dittybopper: Fark Me To Tears: Screw you, subby I use my plain old cellphone as a phone. It works fine. It don't need a smartphone for that purpose.

I have a digital camera, too. I take pictures with it. I don't need a smartphone for that purpose, either.

I have a computer. I access the Internet with it. So, I don't need a smartphone for that, either.

Meh. Just f*ckin' meh... Got it?

/my lawn... off of it

One of the issues with having a gadget that does everything is that if and when it breaks, you can't do anything.

Say I am an old fuddy-duddy that has a dumb cell phone, a GPS, a camera, and a netbook. If the GPS breaks, I can still use all the other things.

You break a smartphone, and if you depend on it for everything, you're SOL until you get another one.


This doesn't make you an old fuddy-duddy. It just means that you are smart. Like the famous saying, 'don't put all your eggs in one basket'.
 
2012-05-09 12:43:24 PM

perigee: So - WHAT do you need a smartphone FOR?


Texting, notes, decent calculator, ebooks, my bank and PayPal apps, decent address book, e-mail. oh, and I think it works as a phone, too. In that order.

/iPhone 3G on a $30/month plan with T-Mobile
//1,500 messages or minutes, 30 MB data.
 
2012-05-09 12:43:31 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: dittybopper: Fark Me To Tears: Screw you, subby I use my plain old cellphone as a phone. It works fine. It don't need a smartphone for that purpose.

I have a digital camera, too. I take pictures with it. I don't need a smartphone for that purpose, either.

I have a computer. I access the Internet with it. So, I don't need a smartphone for that, either.

Meh. Just f*ckin' meh... Got it?

/my lawn... off of it

One of the issues with having a gadget that does everything is that if and when it breaks, you can't do anything.

Say I am an old fuddy-duddy that has a dumb cell phone, a GPS, a camera, and a netbook. If the GPS breaks, I can still use all the other things.

You break a smartphone, and if you depend on it for everything, you're SOL until you get another one.

This doesn't make you an old fuddy-duddy. It just means that you are smart. Like the famous saying, 'don't put all your eggs in one basket'.


Actually, I only have 2 of the 4 devices I mentioned. Well, maybe 2.5.
 
2012-05-09 12:48:40 PM

dittybopper: The sound of one hand clapping: dittybopper: Fark Me To Tears:

Actually, I only have 2 of the 4 devices I mentioned. Well, maybe 2.5.


Well, then maybe that makes you a bit of a fuddy-duddy.

/Just kidding
//OK, OK, I'll get off your lawn now.
 
2012-05-09 01:05:02 PM
meh... I switched to one after I slipped on ice and landed on my phone, going to the store, finding that their inventory of vanilla phones sucked, and so did the smartphones except for one which turned out to have a special on the data plan that would cost me about 5$ more per month for 500MB.

Considering that it's been very handy being able to look info up when away from a wifi source, and the maps (and GPS) were absolutely great during a trip, so to look places and info up, I've no regret, even though I barely touch my plan's limit.
 
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