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(Courier Mail)   The smartphone is killing the art of conversation. Then again, people said that about regular cell phones, and land line phones, and the internet, and television, and radio, and movies, and the telegraph, and smoke signals   (couriermail.com.au) divider line 115
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2012-06-03 08:54:22 AM
I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out. Actually it's more since text messaging got easy and cheap. Seriously, why the hell go out somewhere if you're going to just sit there, ignore everyone and everything around you, and text back and forth with someone?

/omgwtf
 
2012-06-03 09:19:09 AM
The "art" of conversation? WTF kind of pretentious shiat is that?

Anyway, I hate texting. Unless you're at a funeral or something, just farking call me, dickhead.
 
2012-06-03 09:19:36 AM
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2012-06-03 09:22:23 AM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out.


There's always Chloroform
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-03 09:24:59 AM
I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out.

When I go for walks women I pass usually have earbuds if they aren't on the phone. My walks usually remind me of a lyric from an old song: "Sheathed within the walkman wear the halo of distortion. Aural contracepive aborting pregnant conversation." (Marillion, "Fugazi", 1984) Except in the 1980s not everybody had a Walkman glued to her ear.
 
2012-06-03 09:29:52 AM

ZAZ: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out.

When I go for walks women I pass usually have earbuds if they aren't on the phone. My walks usually remind me of a lyric from an old song: "Sheathed within the walkman wear the halo of distortion. Aural contracepive aborting pregnant conversation." (Marillion, "Fugazi", 1984) Except in the 1980s not everybody had a Walkman glued to her ear.


This is not a reply to a Fugazi post.
 
2012-06-03 10:04:49 AM

Cajnik: [i939.photobucket.com image 640x480]



Group texting: The new sorority?
 
2012-06-03 11:12:46 AM

Apos: Cajnik: [i939.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Group texting: The new sorority rush?




FTFM.
 
2012-06-03 11:19:26 AM
failblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-03 11:40:38 AM
May I recommend TFD? It's the place to go if you want to learn how to have a meaningless discussion :D
 
2012-06-03 11:45:14 AM

John Dewey: ZAZ: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out.

When I go for walks women I pass usually have earbuds if they aren't on the phone. My walks usually remind me of a lyric from an old song: "Sheathed within the walkman wear the halo of distortion. Aural contracepive aborting pregnant conversation." (Marillion, "Fugazi", 1984) Except in the 1980s not everybody had a Walkman glued to her ear.

This is not a reply to a Fugazi post.


I am a patient boy I wait, I wait
 
2012-06-03 12:09:52 PM
For the last time - People kill people!
 
2012-06-03 12:11:15 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out. Actually it's more since text messaging got easy and cheap. Seriously, why the hell go out somewhere if you're going to just sit there, ignore everyone and everything around you, and text back and forth with someone?

/omgwtf


Hey thanks, I needed a new excuse!
 
2012-06-03 12:15:24 PM
11:31am # just farted
11:32am #nope it is a dump
11:34am #wiping

Really folks, who cares?
 
2012-06-03 12:15:34 PM
No, just the spelling has gotten worse.
 
2012-06-03 12:15:39 PM
As a person who was dumped via text, I am getting a kick.
/she didn't like it when i bumped into her and i calmly called her shallow.
 
2012-06-03 12:16:10 PM
Smartphones allow people to share their thoughts on life's mysteries while taking a dump.
 
2012-06-03 12:18:18 PM
Omg, srsly? LOL
 
2012-06-03 12:19:03 PM
WUT?
 
2012-06-03 12:22:41 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out. Actually it's more since text messaging got easy and cheap. Seriously, why the hell go out somewhere if you're going to just sit there, ignore everyone and everything around you, and text back and forth with someone?

/omgwtf


If you dislike their behavior so much, why are you interested in meeting them..?
 
2012-06-03 12:24:05 PM
Meh. Most people aren't worth talking with, anyway.
 
2012-06-03 12:24:23 PM
Yeah, well it's making the kids a whole lot dumber. In the past there were always distractions that got *some* kids derailed, like NES or D&D or whatever. But the smart phone provides a distraction no matter who you are. When these people start spawning you better watch out.
 
2012-06-03 12:24:43 PM

LeroyBourne: As a person who was dumped via text, I am getting a kick.
/she didn't like it when i bumped into her and i calmly called her shallow.


This. Women are shallow. End.
 
2012-06-03 12:25:58 PM
"The _______ is suited only to the flasing of messages, each to be replaced by a more up-to-date message. Facts push other facts into and then out of consciousness at speeds that neither permit nor require evaluation."

Fill in the blank.
 
2012-06-03 12:27:22 PM
What's the alternative? Sure many people have meaningless lives of what was formerly quiet desperation and is now constant and inane prattle. But before that, you had only one opinion, the King's (no, not Elvis), or Pharoh (not Mia or Faucet), oligarchy, or whathaveyou, and all other messages were made only with approval. Now, welcome to an actual conversation, people. Actually want it to get better? Reform the education system.
 
2012-06-03 12:27:44 PM
Try having poker night.

Try going to a restaurant.
 
2012-06-03 12:28:32 PM
Headphones are killing the art of conversation (and taking down common courtesy as an after thought)!
 
2012-06-03 12:32:46 PM
A few days ago, a few friends and I were discussing what we thought was the earliest technological advancement that caused previous generations to complain that it would cheapen something.

The best we could do was written language. "Oh sure! We USED to enjoy hearing the history of our people by that one family that told us stories how their ancestors could cause rain to fall when they wanted and could throw boulders at the sun to make it behave but YOU guys want to look at little pictures scribbled around to do that!"
 
2012-06-03 12:33:11 PM

"But social commentator David Chalke said perhaps our digital addiction was just conversation in a different form.

"Those people on their phones are probably communicating with someone," he said. "We have never been more involved in conversation. It is just a very different type of conversation.""


I agree with that, although you're a jerk if you are doing it excessively when you're with another person.

 
2012-06-03 12:33:53 PM
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2012-06-03 12:38:00 PM
ZAZ: When I go for walks women I pass usually have earbuds if they aren't on the phone.

That shiat's dangerous. When I go for walks, my phone is in my pocket. I don't even own headphones. I have no illusions about how strong I am (not very) or what I'd do if attacked (GTFO!). While most people in this world are good, I wouldn't want to be the idiot who got killed because she was too busy texting to recognize danger and GTFO.

/situational awareness
//it's almost like a superpower only easier
 
2012-06-03 12:38:14 PM
As someone who is looking to finally get a smart phone in a few months, I look forward to some of those fancy electronic versions of board games. I'm not a big word guy, but I'd be down for some Scrabble...er, Words with Friends.

I'd finally be able to get some game time in here and there. I could pretend I'm a social person!

Anyone else have smart phone board game suggestions?
 
2012-06-03 12:39:05 PM
My pet peeve is a guy answering a call when we're either at dinner or trying to have a nice meal together. Your phone is not important. But, we live in the texting age so who gives a f*ck, right?
 
2012-06-03 12:45:30 PM

sn82: My pet peeve is a guy answering a call when we're either at dinner or trying to have a nice meal together. Your phone is not important. But, we live in the texting age so who gives a f*ck, right?


It's not a problem when no one calls you.

foreveralone.jpg

But I agree. If your involved in an activity, the call can wait.
 
2012-06-03 12:48:44 PM

MoronLessOff: As someone who is looking to finally get a smart phone in a few months, I look forward to some of those fancy electronic versions of board games. I'm not a big word guy, but I'd be down for some Scrabble...er, Words with Friends.

I'd finally be able to get some game time in here and there. I could pretend I'm a social person!

Anyone else have smart phone board game suggestions?


Not a board game, but Farkle is a great time passer. If you like baseball at all - Nine Innings is awesome!
 
2012-06-03 12:50:24 PM
Some of you dumwits completely miss the point. I guess that's to be expected.
 
2012-06-03 12:54:18 PM

cherryl taggart: No, just the spelling has haz gotten worse.


FTFY

/pet peeve
 
2012-06-03 12:55:00 PM

sn82: My pet peeve is a guy answering a call when we're either at dinner or trying to have a nice meal together. Your phone is not important. But, we live in the texting age so who gives a f*ck, right?


Maybe he's answering a call from a less critical, more pleasant woman.
 
2012-06-03 12:55:50 PM

imprimere: MoronLessOff: As someone who is looking to finally get a smart phone in a few months, I look forward to some of those fancy electronic versions of board games. I'm not a big word guy, but I'd be down for some Scrabble...er, Words with Friends.

I'd finally be able to get some game time in here and there. I could pretend I'm a social person!

Anyone else have smart phone board game suggestions?

Not a board game, but Farkle is a great time passer. If you like baseball at all - Nine Innings is awesome!


Farkle always looked like fun. I've never played it. But as you might guess, if I bought it, it would just sit in the closet with my other games.

Contract is up on October...I get the tingles thinking about what I could do with an Android.
 
2012-06-03 12:56:42 PM

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i've experienced this and i hardly text at all.
 
2012-06-03 12:58:45 PM

Submitted First With a Better Headline: Don't Troll Me Bro!: I've noticed it's gotten harder to meet women since those goddamn things came out. Actually it's more since text messaging got easy and cheap. Seriously, why the hell go out somewhere if you're going to just sit there, ignore everyone and everything around you, and text back and forth with someone?

/omgwtf

If you dislike their behavior so much, why are you interested in meeting them..?


Sex
 
2012-06-03 12:59:46 PM

girljen:
/situational awareness
//it's almost like a superpower only easier


This is what's actually lacking these days: awareness. Everyone talks. Communication is hardly a dying art, with the proliferation of mobile communication devices more people are in touch with more people than ever in the history of ever.

Unfortunately many of those people don't have the slightest f*cking clue what's actually going on around them.

Be present, people.
 
2012-06-03 01:03:17 PM

WhippingBoy: sn82: My pet peeve is a guy answering a call when we're either at dinner or trying to have a nice meal together. Your phone is not important. But, we live in the texting age so who gives a f*ck, right?

Maybe he's answering a call from a less critical, more pleasant woman.


No, he's just a jackass.

I always try to remember to turn my phone off before going on a date. If I forget to do so and it rings, I then turn it off (without answering), and apologize.
 
2012-06-03 01:03:37 PM

LegoLewdite: What's the alternative? Sure many people have meaningless lives of what was formerly quiet desperation and is now constant and inane prattle. But before that, you had only one opinion, the King's (no, not Elvis), or Pharoh (not Mia or Faucet), oligarchy, or whathaveyou, and all other messages were made only with approval. Now, welcome to an actual conversation, people. Actually want it to get better? Reform the education system.


Really? I don't even...
 
2012-06-03 01:05:19 PM
Submitted First With a Better Headline: If you dislike their behavior so much, why are you interested in meeting them..?

Exactly. If you think people are acting like douchebags, then don't try harder to engage them. You're just rewarding them for acting that way.

Instead, avoid them, and go find people who behave in ways you like.

You really shouldn't need to have this explained, but I realize ours is a pretty degenerate culture. Don't be so desperate to impress people just because they're in your line of sight. Change your line of sight. Socialization should not be a race to see who can lower their standards the fastest.

And don't say it's about getting laid. Working hard to have sex with bad people you don't even like is, prima facie, a betrayal of the entire human species.
 
2012-06-03 01:12:05 PM

MoronLessOff: As someone who is looking to finally get a smart phone in a few months, I look forward to some of those fancy electronic versions of board games. I'm not a big word guy, but I'd be down for some Scrabble...er, Words with Friends.

I'd finally be able to get some game time in here and there. I could pretend I'm a social person!

Anyone else have smart phone board game suggestions?


Text Twist!
 
2012-06-03 01:13:11 PM

LeroyBourne: As a person who was dumped via text, I am getting a kick.
/she didn't like it when i bumped into her and i calmly called her shallow.


Yup, I've also been dumped by text. That was, by far, the pinnacle of male douchery I have experienced. I don't think phones turn people into douches, I think some people are douches anyway and the presence of a smartphone exacerbates the problem.
 
2012-06-03 01:18:15 PM
Snooki Punch: I think some people are douches anyway and the presence of a smartphone exacerbates the problem.

Exactly. The phones are horrible, but their best feature is the way they act as douche meters.
 
2012-06-03 01:18:58 PM

sn82: My pet peeve is a guy answering a call when we're either at dinner or trying to have a nice meal together. Your phone is not important. But, we live in the texting age so who gives a f*ck, right?


Answering a call during a date is sort of a d-bag move, unless it's an emergency or you're on call for something.
What I find more irritating is taking a girl out to a nice place, then watching her place her phone next to the fork like it's a part of the place-setting. I know people use the whole faux text/phone-check as a way to fill any sort of pause in a conversation ( because having to think of something to say, or just letting the moment ride is SO flippin' awkward).
It's one thing to use your "smart" phone as a crutch, another entirely to anticipate it
 
2012-06-03 01:20:35 PM
The smartphone is killing the art of conversation. Then again, people said that about regular cell phones, and land line phones, and the internet, and television, and radio, and movies, and the telegraph, and smoke signals

...And they were correct too! Turn off the phone, the TV, and the Computer for a few hours. Get together with your friends over a six pack or a bottle of wine and just chill. It's called fellowship and you'd be surprised at how good your time is and how strong your friendships become when you can relate to each other as people and not have a blaring movie monopolizing everyone's focus, or constant interruptions from texts and phone calls. All that crap will be waiting for you when you get done.
 
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