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(Washington Post)   Smartphones keep getting smarter, but their users stay pretty much as dumb as they ever were   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 123
    More: Obvious, voice command device, smartphones, computer interfaces, users  
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2014-01-16 09:40:25 PM  
It's my auxiliary brain
 
2014-01-16 09:48:55 PM  

ladyfortuna: Agreed. I wish my mom would call me for tech support, but considering she's dead, that might be awkward...


My mother died a couple of years ago, and she was a complete dumbass about computers. So I'm torn here.

But with her, it was deliberate. She never wanted to learn them, so she didn't. Couldn't even send an email. So eventually we gave up trying to teach her. I did show her how to look at my photo albums of all her old photos that my brother had put on disc right before she died. She liked that.
 
2014-01-16 09:58:28 PM  
Got my 1st smartphone back last April. Yeah an Android and for a while it was pretty nifty fooling around with some of the apps and trying to look on the 'net with that little screen. Then in Oct. I got a refurbed Dell Laptop to replace my 10yr old plus Gateway and guess what? Now about the only thing I use the Phone for again is Calling people. I've got the laptop piggybacked on the Wi-Fi at work and that takes care of that. The only really handy thing with the Phone now is if I'm in the field and have to take pics of something for work, I can just e-mail them straight to the office PC. I don't Text or Tweet or any of that other stuff. I have no Facebook acct, what for? If I want to talk to someone, I call them. I'm not Married to the phone. The 1st thing I think when the Kitchen Phone (the Main phone in my house is on the Kitchen wall and it's hooked to Wires! Gasp!! Old school Huh?) rings is "Who the Hell is bothering me Now?". I just don't see why some people have to be in constant contact with whoever, wherever and whenever. Must be something missing in their lives.
 
2014-01-16 10:04:14 PM  
I realize everyone has different needs both in their job and personal life. For my situation, a Tracphone serves the purpose. I can wait til I get home to Fark.
 
2014-01-16 10:15:35 PM  

Lapdance: the Main phone in my house is on the Kitchen wall and it's hooked to Wires!


www.elijahfan.com
 
2014-01-16 10:25:36 PM  
I farking love my iphone, I barely even use it as a phone. instead I tweet and get stuff from the library and listen to podcasts and audiobooks (and music sometimes) and look at tumblr etc. If I need something there's an app for it. And before someone asks me why I don't just do all that with a tablet or laptop, I ask you, which would you rather carry around, an iphone or a farking laptop? fark that shiat, I'm not carrying something the size of a notebook around just to entertain myself. Plus the GPS and maps and tide tables are useful on fossil collecting trips. All that in my pocket. What on earth would I use a laptop or one of those big tablets for? (I have a Nook HD but I mostly use it as an ereader and rarely use the other functions. while I can read on my iphone that's the one thing it fails at a bit, the screen is too small to be a comfortable ereader)
 
2014-01-16 10:52:21 PM  
"My husband is snoring away," Tammy recalled - she was unable to stop that, either - "and I'm downstairs in the kitchen trying to find a place to hide the phone so I can't hear it anymore."

The freezer. That will shut it up.
 
2014-01-16 10:53:47 PM  

ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.


From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.
 
2014-01-16 10:57:48 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: I do, like, 6 things with my phone. I've never used an app to my knowledge


Have you made a phone call? That is an app? Browsed the web? Another. Anything you touch is an app.
 
2014-01-16 11:41:21 PM  
A while back I realized that my phone had far, far more functions than I ever used or needed.  When it died recently replaced it with a lower end $47 android phone.  It does what I need: make calls, sends texts and gets internet.

I also realized I was paying too damn much for what I needed.  The cheapest plan I could get on Verizon was for 10x my typical data, text and voice usage.  So at the same time I replaced the phone I dropped Verizon for Ting.  My first months Ting bill was $15 + taxes for my 60 or so texts, 60 or so minutes and 70 mb of data.  The new phone and first months bill was less than what I was paying vwz every month. Next month and every month after that I will be saving $55 or so compared to what I had.  Plus I am not chained by some bullshiat contract or a locked phone.
 
2014-01-16 11:45:18 PM  

RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.


www.radiotimes.com
 
2014-01-17 12:29:17 AM  

Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.


Yep!  The crap I remember from the 1980's when I was a kid.  I remember my address, phone number, etc.  Nowadays I barely remember my own phone number.  And spelling?  I just throw enough letters into Google and it figures it out.

Does that make me dumber?  No idea.  Just an interesting shift in how things work nowadays.

/In terms of dumber, I did have to use a calculator to figure out if I was 38 or 39 the other day
//38
 
2014-01-17 12:37:12 AM  

downstairs: Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.

Yep!  The crap I remember from the 1980's when I was a kid.  I remember my address, phone number, etc.  Nowadays I barely remember my own phone number.  And spelling?  I just throw enough letters into Google and it figures it out.

Does that make me dumber?  No idea.  Just an interesting shift in how things work nowadays.

/In terms of dumber, I did have to use a calculator to figure out if I was 38 or 39 the other day
//38


*musical note* 'I think my liiife is passinggg me byyyy' *musical note*

/Sam Roberts ;-)
 
2014-01-17 01:21:36 AM  
ok
 
2014-01-17 05:47:25 AM  

skinink: ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.

From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.


My point was, clearly she didn't learn enough about using Facebook, because her privacy was set to public or all her friends or something like that. She thought she was just talking to the guy. So she did it wrong, and it was too late to correct.
 
2014-01-17 06:42:23 AM  

ladyfortuna: skinink: ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.

From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.

My point was, clearly she didn't learn enough about using Facebook, because her privacy was set to public or all her friends or something like that. She thought she was just talking to the guy. So she did it wrong, and it was too late to correct.


Your point still has nothing to do with what I was talking about, learning to use technology and not being afraid to make mistakes while learning. Like making mistakes while learning a language or how to fix a car. Why are you trying to change what I'm talking about? I'm not talking about responsible behavior.
 
2014-01-17 06:44:00 AM  
As an aside, I hate the term "smart phone". It is a great example of marketing newspeak.

Thinking about it though, it is probably better than phone++.
 
2014-01-17 07:33:25 AM  
I've decided to stop using smartphones for browsing the Internet, forever.   If I'm playing the occasional handheld device like a DS it's ok, but for some reason with Internet browsing I don't respect my neck position or posture.

Nevermind the fact that everything on a smartphone takes twice as long or longer than a laptop or desktop, yes, even with high speed Internet service.

Piss on 'em.  If I'm bored there's other ways to pass the time that hey-might even involve looking around and interacting with the real world! *slaps face* *slaps your face too*
 
2014-01-17 08:48:53 AM  
Last week, the world's gadget makers and tech swamis gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to celebrate the latest gizmonic advances

supertotallyawesome.com
 
2014-01-17 10:08:38 AM  

The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.

But you agree, Smartphones, being so deadly, should be banned.  I mean, assault rifles were responsible for less than 50 deaths in 2011, but clearly nobody should have them.  Nobody needs an assault rifle...just like nobody needs a smartphone.  Those deadly items should just be banned. When somebody says they NEED a smartphone, their sanity should really be called into question.


Between 2005 and 2009, an average of 3,880 people in the US died from drowning, making dihydrogen monoxide even more dangerous than either. Did you know that dihydrogen monoxide isn't even a controlled substance?

Or, in other words, what is the average amount of usage time of a smartphone that results in a death, versus the average amount of usage time of an AR that results in a death?
 
2014-01-17 02:26:48 PM  
skinink:
Your point still has nothing to do with what I was talking about, learning to use technology and not being afraid to make mistakes while learning. Like making mistakes while learning a language or how to fix a car. Why are you trying to change what I'm talking about? I'm not talking about responsible behavior.

I think we're having two different conversations. Never mind...
 
2014-01-17 05:17:07 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: moike: sobriquet by any other name:
Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?

Something like this?

[lounge.obviousmag.org image 454x234]

actually i was thinking of a full-screen contacts-phone-text only interface that it boots into, and is difficult to leave accidentally, for older users, but SnarkUI... that has potential!


Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 come with Easy Mode which is exactly as you describe. You can even turn it on in the startup wizard:

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/howtoguide/N0000003/10091/120408
 
2014-01-17 05:54:56 PM  

Captain of the ship of fools: As an aside, I hate the term "smart phone". It is a great example of marketing newspeak.

Thinking about it though, it is probably better than phone++.


Had they been around in the 1990s they'd have been called e-phones.
 
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