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(Washington Post)   New study says that half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone or tablet. The other half don't have kids who can show them how to actually use it   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 37
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2012-10-03 10:52:50 AM  
Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.
 
2012-10-03 10:54:12 AM  
Just out of curiosity, what is the age you put on "adult"?
 
2012-10-03 10:57:26 AM  

drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.


Well, not all of us are Luddites.
 
2012-10-03 11:00:00 AM  

drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.


I used to say this before I got a smartphone.
 
2012-10-03 11:01:06 AM  
I use them quite regularly. Then again I am an IT guy who too lazy to lug his laptop around to most places. I can do many tasks on them. Plus I put my e-books on them and music on them. Makes long journeys more variable.
 
2012-10-03 11:05:27 AM  

usernameguy: drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.

I used to say this before I got a smartphone.


My girlfriend gave me her old 3GS a couple years ago, and I unlocked,jailbroke and sideloaded a bunch of stuff on it. Carried it for a month then looked at my usage and it was as close to nothing as made no difference. Even now, I think I average maybe 30 texts and 2 or 3 minutes talk time a month, so totally not worth it for me.
 
2012-10-03 11:20:55 AM  
Just stopped by to mention that my kids couldn't teach me a damn thing about phones, tablets, or computers. I'm no leet user, but they don't know shiat about computers.
 
2012-10-03 11:21:34 AM  
Get off my lawn.

/rarely further than 10' from a computer = not much use for a mobile computer
//my wife has a smartphone, so the 50% is accurate in my house
 
2012-10-03 11:24:24 AM  
I think smartphones are great. I just don't think they're $360/year on data charges great. So I am going to keep rocking my LG env2 until it dies.
 
2012-10-03 11:25:10 AM  
My parents emailed me yesterday; they both got Galaxy Stellar's. They're coming up this weekend as well for my girls birthday: "You're gonna have to teach me how to use this!"

*shudder*
 
2012-10-03 11:27:33 AM  

paswa17: Get off my lawn.

/rarely further than 10' from a computer = not much use for a mobile computer
//my wife has a smartphone, so the 50% is accurate in my house


Exactly, right? You only need one, so let the girlfriend deal with the electronic ball and chain.
 
2012-10-03 12:08:12 PM  
This old geezer only needs a phone smart enough to make a phone call. Can't see a phone bill large enough that I could have had a fine meal and an evening out instead.
 
2012-10-03 12:19:26 PM  
My mom won't even keep her 9-year-old cellphone turned on, let alone be willing to learn to use apps. "I don't want to talk to anybody, why should I turn it on?" "Mom, what if your not at home and somebody needs to talk to you?" "By now, everyone knows to call your dad's phone."
 
2012-10-03 12:20:03 PM  
The other half don't have kids who can show them how to actually use it

More like the other half don't need to be constantly updating Facebook and Twitter with what they just had for breakfast and OMG I just saw the cutest doggie, BTW did you hear that Bethany kissed BillywhataslutImheadingovertogetalatteandwhyisthattruckinmyla.... CRASH

I have a cell phone and I use it for making calls, only when I am not driving. I still consider them to be a pox on civilization.
 
2012-10-03 12:43:14 PM  

hovsm: Just out of curiosity, what is the age you put on "adult"?


No kidding. All those "hipsters" we like to snark at are adults. The only people who didn't grow up with computers are now well into their 40's. We're kinda past the "permanently-blinking 12:00 VCR display", especially since VCRs went the way of the 8-track.
 
2012-10-03 01:13:22 PM  
Smartphones are the best thing to happen to introverts since the newspaper. If I don't want to interact with people, I just check my email and Fark for a bit. The annoying strangers grow restive and f*ck off sooner or later.
 
2012-10-03 02:37:38 PM  
No smart phone, no laptop, no cable, no landline.
I'm happiest when eliminating things from my life.
 
2012-10-03 03:06:38 PM  

Vectron: No smart phone, no laptop, no cable, no landline.
I'm happiest when eliminating things from my life.


You sound very hip
 
2012-10-03 03:10:32 PM  

drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.


single, mid 50s, angry at the world?
 
2012-10-03 03:14:08 PM  
i'm 26
my girlfriend is 22
her sister is 17

we all live togther. In our apartment we have 5 active cell phones, 4 labtops, 4 flat screens, 3 tablets, 2 desktops (one with 3 monotiors), ps3,wii,xbox 360,

/technology.. yes, please!
 
2012-10-03 03:21:16 PM  
Wife has one, I don't. She reads her email occasionally. Once she used it to find a pizza place. Should have checked its ratings as well.
 
2012-10-03 03:43:12 PM  

tbhouston: drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.

single, mid 50s, angry at the world?


Nah, married, 40's, pretty content. I just hate phones. Didn't even have a landline for about 15 years in the 80's and 90's.
 
2012-10-03 04:14:04 PM  
Have to deal with kids and sitters, so having a cell phone is mandatory. And I love my tablet (rooted Nook Color). Great for my daily train commute -- a dozen or so ebooks loaded at any given time, so I always have something to read. Great for lunch -- close my office door and watch movies or TV shows while I eat. And on vacation? Great to be able to have a large variety of books without having to lug the actual books around.
 
2012-10-03 04:43:40 PM  
I have a feeling a lot of those phones never use more functions then a feature phone and the only reason people have then is they.werethe nicest phone free on contract
 
2012-10-03 06:51:40 PM  
I'm just putting the finishing touches on an Android app that uses some Bluetooth hardware I built to interface a laser rangefinding binocular to a custom-built mapper. Yes, please tell me how to use this here magic remote-control-looking thingy, kid.
 
2012-10-03 07:32:16 PM  
Don't have either, don't want either. I prefer having money.
 
2012-10-03 09:18:59 PM  
I was working on computers before you were born, Subby. Why would I need your help?
 
2012-10-04 12:16:00 AM  

Kuroshin: hovsm: Just out of curiosity, what is the age you put on "adult"?

No kidding. All those "hipsters" we like to snark at are adults. The only people who didn't grow up with computers are now well into their 40's. We're kinda past the "permanently-blinking 12:00 VCR display", especially since VCRs went the way of the 8-track.


sadly, back in the days of the permanently blinking 12:00 VCR's i would maintain and repair our player/recorders but damned if i had the patience to program it.

Subby has a foot firmly placed on reality. and manufacturers or retailers may see more sales if god forbid they had classes for old farts like me to learn how to use some of the new tech. but noooo, it's more fun to make fun of fat old people walking home from the library with books. knowing full well loved ones gave us Kindles we can't figure out. bastards.

/back in my day you had to go to a city and seek out the seedy neighborhood to get to see a dirty film.
 
2012-10-04 12:30:19 AM  
I like having a smartphone because I can quickly look-up definitions/recipes/pictures, etc.
If I want in-depth information, I'll either spend more time on my phone, or just wait till I get home to my pc.
Lugging around a tablet seems silly... but then again, I've never owned a tablet, and I said the same thing about smartphones.
 
2012-10-04 04:14:03 AM  

drewogatory: usernameguy: drewogatory: Why would I want either? Seriously. Do you know how many times I've need the internet while out of the house? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. And I don't even carry a dumb phone, much less a smart one.

I used to say this before I got a smartphone.

My girlfriend gave me her old 3GS a couple years ago, and I unlocked,jailbroke and sideloaded a bunch of stuff on it. Carried it for a month then looked at my usage and it was as close to nothing as made no difference. Even now, I think I average maybe 30 texts and 2 or 3 minutes talk time a month, so totally not worth it for me.


My cell phone usage is roughly an hour per month, both talk time & texting, so I use a prepaid. I don't like to talk on the phone. In fact I never have, even when I was younger. It makes no sense for people like you and me to have phone plans, I only text & talk when it's absolutely necessary. If I'm at home & need to send my son a message for some reason, I sign onto gchat.

My son on the other hand texts a lot and wants his phone to all have the bells & whistles. He has a Samsung Galaxy II.
 
2012-10-04 04:20:54 AM  

cig-mkr: This old geezer only needs a phone smart enough to make a phone call. Can't see a phone bill large enough that I could have had a fine meal and an evening out instead.


A prepaid phone, such as those from Tracfone would probably work for you. They have some fairly basic phones that are inexpensive.
 
2012-10-04 08:20:38 AM  
I have a dumb phone (LG Dare) and a tablet (HP Touchpad) - I wonder what kind of subset that puts me in.

My mom (late 60s) just got an iphone5 and learned to text. This is not a good thing for me.
 
2012-10-04 09:00:57 AM  

Arthen: Don't have either, don't want either. I prefer having money.


You sound poor.

/really, $200 isn't a lot of money
//for me, at least
///have to be at the gym in 26 minutes
 
2012-10-04 12:10:08 PM  
I have a smartphone but its the bottom of the line model (LG MyTouch) and it does everything I need it to do. (and im only 22...i laugh why people truely need a new phone every month.) $30 a month (actually less if you buy refills at a shady online site) on tmobile prepaid..unlimited txt/data..100 voice minutes that ill maybe use 10 of in a month.
 
2012-10-04 08:05:55 PM  
Subby, even if you live in your parents basement and you show them how to work all their gadgets, you are still an adult.
 
2012-10-05 02:54:31 AM  
Subby assumes that those who have one also know how to use it.

New study says that half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone or tablet. The other half Some of those don't have kids who can show them are hipsters-wannabees who don't know how to actually use it.

The other half don't give a shiat and have a life.


FTFY
 
2012-10-06 06:43:55 PM  
I have a $20 Tracfone. It's good enough. Also we live in a rural area 14 miles from the nearest tower. Signal quality is usually nothing to two bars, so why bother paying for a service that almost never works.

I am not paying $1000 a year for phone/data service that only works when I'm not at home.
 
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