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(The Consumerist)   Twenty-percent of adults still don't have smart phones or broadband internet, however they compensate for it with an ancient power called "attention span"   (consumerist.com) divider line 203
    More: Obvious, attention spans, smartphones, Pew Charitable Trusts, dial-up Internet, U.S. adults, broadband  
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2013-08-27 10:43:11 AM
TL;DR
 
2013-08-27 10:46:58 AM
i1151.photobucket.com
Sorry, man - I wasn't listening.
 
2013-08-27 10:49:03 AM
My neighborhood is made up of old people and immigrants and poor people.  It's 60% here.

And the city insists on moving towards internet based communication only, leaving a large chunk of the people out in the cold when it comes to announcements or surveys or polls that affect their neighborhoods, and then get surprised the majority of the people don't like the city government.

//Grumpy this morning.
 
2013-08-27 10:49:55 AM
If they had broadband they could use that long attention span to binge watch TV shows on Netflix like everyone else with supposedly short attention spans.
 
2013-08-27 10:52:53 AM

meat0918: My neighborhood is made up of old people and immigrants and poor people.  It's 60% here.

And the city insists on moving towards internet based communication only, leaving a large chunk of the people out in the cold when it comes to announcements or surveys or polls that affect their neighborhoods, and then get surprised the majority of the people don't like the city government.

//Grumpy this morning.


I'm waiting for the day when you have to vote via Facebook "Like"
 
2013-08-27 10:54:08 AM

pizen: If they had broadband they could use that long attention span to binge watch TV shows on Netflix like everyone else with supposedly short attention spans.


Yeah. It's not that attention spans are shorter, it's that your bullshiat is no longer in a vacuum. You have to earn attention now, not just block out distraction.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-08-27 11:03:06 AM

Donnchadha: meat0918: My neighborhood is made up of old people and immigrants and poor people.  It's 60% here.

And the city insists on moving towards internet based communication only, leaving a large chunk of the people out in the cold when it comes to announcements or surveys or polls that affect their neighborhoods, and then get surprised the majority of the people don't like the city government.

//Grumpy this morning.

I'm waiting for the day when you have to vote via Facebook "Like"


The frightening part of that statement to me is that I could see that (or something like it) actually happening.
 
2013-08-27 11:10:49 AM
Yeah, not every old person gives a ratz azz about computers or smart phones.

/funny that smart phones tend to make people satupid
 
2013-08-27 11:11:24 AM

basemetal: Yeah, not every old person gives a ratz azz about computers or smart phones.

/funny that smart phones tend to make people satupid

stupid

SEE!
 
2013-08-27 11:16:59 AM

basemetal: /funny that smart phones tend to make people satupid stupid


in what way do smart phones make people stupid
 
2013-08-27 11:21:23 AM
My phone has tubes in it.
 
2013-08-27 11:21:33 AM
I've got broadband internet, but not a smart phone.   I won't have any kind of device that regularly beacons my position 24/7 whether I want it to or not.

/Also why I've only flirted with APRS from home.
//My house is stationary.
 
2013-08-27 11:24:07 AM

Deep Contact: My phone has tubes in it.


So does mine:

va3paw.files.wordpress.com

Two 6146B finals and a 12BY7A driver.

'Cept I rarely get on phone.  Mode switch is almost always in the CW position.

/Not my actual radio, but the same make and model.
 
2013-08-27 11:28:43 AM
You've .. you've seen kids watching TV, right subs? You know they no longer exist on this plain whatsoever. Try getting one of those ... beings ... to take out the trash. Or do the dishes. Or respond in any manner.
 
2013-08-27 11:32:41 AM
What is this... 'internet'?
 
2013-08-27 11:35:57 AM
broadband

no smart phone
 
2013-08-27 11:49:51 AM

Pud: Donnchadha: meat0918: My neighborhood is made up of old people and immigrants and poor people.  It's 60% here.

And the city insists on moving towards internet based communication only, leaving a large chunk of the people out in the cold when it comes to announcements or surveys or polls that affect their neighborhoods, and then get surprised the majority of the people don't like the city government.

//Grumpy this morning.

I'm waiting for the day when you have to vote via Facebook "Like"

The frightening part of that statement to me is that I could see that (or something like it) actually happening.


We already have statewide vote by mail here.  The proposed post office closures had the secretary of state pitching a fit because it will affect our elections.
 
2013-08-27 11:58:36 AM
I have 6Mbps DSL... hoping for something better eventually. Never owned ANY kind of cellphone at all.
 
2013-08-27 12:28:17 PM
All voting should be on the internet. Then we can do away with "representative" government
 
2013-08-27 12:29:57 PM
My idiot in-laws still use dial-up because some moron at the smother-in-law's workplace told her that "being constantly connected to the internet will result in someone stealing your identity and all of your money."
 
2013-08-27 12:30:58 PM
No smart phone and very happy.

/Do have an iPod classic full of music for the new car, though.
//Still use Motorola RAZR clamshell phone
 
2013-08-27 12:31:45 PM
There may be quite a few neo-luddites out there who have internet and computers, and might even work with technology quite a bit, but have a flip phone.

Because androids and iphones are great toys but do not function that well as phones.
 
2013-08-27 12:32:00 PM

gopher321: What is this... 'internet'?


Ask Al Gore, I hear he invented it.
 
2013-08-27 12:32:22 PM
My SO's research field pretty much backs up the headline joke.

/getting a kick
/posted from my mobile
 
2013-08-27 12:34:21 PM

zulius: gopher321: What is this... 'internet'?

Ask Al Gore, I hear he invented it.


He's Super Serial Port.
 
2013-08-27 12:35:28 PM
Probably because 20% of Americans can't buy food, let alone have 200.00 extra laying around.
 
2013-08-27 12:36:07 PM
I still have a dumb phone. F*ck it.
 
2013-08-27 12:36:39 PM

dittybopper: I've got broadband internet, but not a smart phone.   I won't have any kind of device that regularly beacons my position 24/7 whether I want it to or not.

/Also why I've only flirted with APRS from home.
//My house is stationary.


^ this ^
 
2013-08-27 12:37:08 PM

Donnchadha: zulius: gopher321: What is this... 'internet'?

Ask Al Gore, I hear he invented it.

He's Super Serial Port.


Ha!
 
2013-08-27 12:37:17 PM
My env2 has been going strong for some seven years now. That thing is indestructible. Yay for paying $10-$15/month for my phone.

/would be addicted to a smartphone and unwilling to pay for one at current prices.
 
2013-08-27 12:37:29 PM

albert71292: I have 6Mbps DSL... hoping for something better eventually. Never owned ANY kind of cellphone at all.


Are you me?
 
2013-08-27 12:38:14 PM
img.photobucket.com

/oblig
 
2013-08-27 12:38:19 PM

Donnchadha: TL;DR


I got through the "TL" but I couldn't pay attention to your boring-ass post any longer....

/http://xkcd.com/37/
 
2013-08-27 12:39:02 PM
So I broke down and got a smart phone about 2 years ago.  It has not significantly affected my life except for getting directions when lost.
I wish everyone would stop insulting my phone, though.  I have farking google in my pocket, that's amazing enough.

/apparently you need to get off my phone's lawn
 
2013-08-27 12:39:15 PM
I...hey look a puppy.
 
2013-08-27 12:42:47 PM
I switched back to a pay as you go phone after my contract ended for the smart phone. It was based purely on money alone. I don't miss it like I thought I would.

Smart phone: ($100 a month x 24 months) + $200 for the phone = $2,600

MetroPCS ($25 a month x 24 months) + $60 for the phone = $660

I stand to save $2,000+ when you factor in apps.

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2013-08-27 12:44:20 PM
So how much of this 20% includes people that would have broadband if not for the fact that no one wants to build infrastructure out where they live?

//not even DSL
//not *that* far from the city
//dial-up sucks
 
2013-08-27 12:44:51 PM

meat0918: My neighborhood is made up of old people and immigrants and poor people.  It's 60% here.

And the city insists on moving towards internet based communication only, leaving a large chunk of the people out in the cold when it comes to announcements or surveys or polls that affect their neighborhoods, and then get surprised the majority of the people don't like the city government.

//Grumpy this morning.


I'm 26. I've used a typewriter to write school papers (AND an honest-to-God word processor, complete with weird, proprietary data disks) because I grew up fairly poor. I still have a landline telephone in my house. My car is a 1993 Camry with power nothing. I used to listen to 8-tracks AND 4-tracks on my grandparent's old player. My preferred method of music acquisition is STILL CDs, but I can back this up with math. I have read real newspapers, complete with the inky hands afterwards. My grandfather taught me woodworking, my grandmother tried to teach me to use a loom.

All this is to say that, despite my young age, I have a decent understanding of the "old ways". And frankly, it makes no sense to have two different infrastructures to do the same thing. Traditional power-over-landline phones really should be done away with. The internet isn't going away and it's not going to become a smaller part of anything. This is a fact.

It wouldn't be difficult to get some smart people on it to replicate the good functionality of traditional phones and put them on IP connections. My mom's digital cable had phone service on it, and a battery backup. The phone still worked when the power went out. You could still unplug it, if you were that paranoid about being "spied" on through the device. She got to keep her phone number too. There really was no downside.
 
2013-08-27 12:45:34 PM
Does the survey also go into details about broadband availability?
 
2013-08-27 12:46:29 PM
I don't even use the phone I have now to talk, I just text. Definitely dont need a smart phone for that and none of my FB friends care enough to know what I had for lunch
 
2013-08-27 12:47:12 PM
I don't see the need for me to get a smart phone.

--The times I've used my friend's it seems very slow to actually get information.
--I have a Garmin that works fine off the satellites--cell towers aren't always where you're driving.
--I like my camera just fine.
--I'm too cheap to pay for data plans.
--I'm old and boring.

Now backtrack my life to 15 years ago to when I was busier and traveled for business.  I would have probably enjoyed one back then.  Right now the only smart phone that piques my interest is the Galaxy Mega.
 
2013-08-27 12:47:20 PM
Did someone say something?
 
2013-08-27 12:49:00 PM
I have broadband Internet, but I don't have a smart phone. I don't need one. I'm not so important that I need the ability to check my e-mails or watch YouTube while taking a dump.  I think I can wait until I get back to my computer.
 
2013-08-27 12:49:51 PM
70% of US adults have broadband internet at home yet OMG Xbox One needs internet and not everyone has internet!!!! God I wish sometimes I would stop reading forums.
 
2013-08-27 12:51:42 PM
---buffering---
 
2013-08-27 12:51:52 PM
Some people just don't care.  Living with older technology just doesn't affect them, because they can do everything they need to get by, and they don't "know what they're missing".  You could argue either way if "what they're missing" is actually good or bad.  Is Grandma going to be happier logging on to Facebook to see that all of the shenanigans that her grandkids are partaking in, or getting a phone call from them and living in ignorant bliss of what they're really up to?

I'm sure we all have friends or relatives who have the means to upgrade their technology and connectivity, but what they have in their lives works for them right now, so why bother changing?
 
2013-08-27 12:53:08 PM
NEWS FLASH: Old people don't want smart phone or internet, and some people have to choose between dialup and satellite.
 
2013-08-27 12:53:41 PM
I have several friends that don't have smartphones.  One couple has never had any cell phone and that's they way they want it.  They're both IT managers/developers, so it's not cost and they're not luddites; they just want to leave work behind when they go home.

I can't think of any of my friends without broadband, though.  Mostly IT people, so that makes sense.
 
2013-08-27 12:56:54 PM
I forgot to add, I'm 31 years old, so hardly old.  My boyfriend has an iPhone, however, and raves about it to me all the time.  He's actually planning on standing in line, overnight, to get the new iPhone 5s when it comes out.  I love him, but he's crazy.
 
2013-08-27 12:57:32 PM
I'm pretty sure "I don't need a smartphone" is the new "I don't even own a TV!"

/no one cares
 
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