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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 29
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2014-01-16 05:01:22 PM
5 votes:

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.


Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?
2014-01-16 06:06:01 PM
4 votes:
img.photobucket.com
2014-01-16 05:27:12 PM
3 votes:

fusillade762: 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.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


That's because you were drunk!
2014-01-16 08:04:14 PM
2 votes:

A Gentile in Boca: I dropped my Android in the toilet this afternoon.
I had to run to my laptop to "the Google" to see how to try and save my phone.
Farking on my Kindle while I wait for a bag of dry rice to save my phone.
Technology has made me extra stupider-ish. Kind of. I think.


imageshack.com
2014-01-16 07:52:31 PM
2 votes:
Gawd, this gave me a flashback to Windows 3.1. A visiting friend used my puter (and Windows Write, because Office wasn't around yet) to write a letter and print it out for mailing. She was used to using a proprietary system at her workplace that automatically saved things as you wrote them.

Because she didn't want her confidential letter to remain on my machine (it had NOT been saved because that's not how Write worked), she simply deleted the entire word processing program, thinking that the program she used to write the letter WAS the letter.

I had to reinstall the entire Win 3.1 OS just to get Write back.

/She has finally accepted, and will readily confess these 20 years later, that she is "not a techie."
2014-01-16 07:19:10 PM
2 votes:

fusillade762: 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.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


cdn.uproxx.com
2014-01-16 07:16:07 PM
2 votes:

edmo: People seldom get phone training but those devices are certainly challenging enough to warrant it. Anything computer related in our society generally doesn't have any training emphasis and it shows. You're just supposed to know somehow.


A friend of a friend of mine was teaching a course at a small, for-profit place that decided all courses had to be offered online.

He was teaching intro to computers.

/went over about as well as you'd think
2014-01-16 06:51:15 PM
2 votes:
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
2014-01-16 06:43:28 PM
2 votes:
leadinghands.org
2014-01-16 04:36:36 PM
2 votes:
Smartphones are not intended to educate, empower, or make one literate.  They exist to keep you busy, and to keep you away from things which actually make you smart.
Ant
2014-01-16 08:56:46 PM
1 votes:

moike: Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.


I tried punching a question into my computer, and now my monitor is cracked. You owe me a new monitor!
2014-01-16 08:16:15 PM
1 votes:

BigOle8point: porn, porn, and more porn the way god intended. My wife has 792 all synced-up Apple products and still can't keep things straight.

What the hell you kids get up to with your toys I will probably never understand.

I thought that was what a tablet was for?

And, yes. I do have a tablet.


Sometimes I'll use my Surface to Fark & browse the web, but mainly it's for Netflix, Youtube-ing, and porn. The one or two times I dared queue up a porn on my phone, with the smaller screen I would accidentally click the tweet button and come *this* close to sending the link to "bareback babysitter boogaloo" or whatever out to the world.
2014-01-16 07:46:41 PM
1 votes:

toraque: Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.

Like George Carlin said, Imagine how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of us are dumber than that.

Now think about that dumb half.  Half of those people are stupider than even the average moron.  And of that group of sub-moron pudding wearers?  Half of those can't even manage to smear the pudding cups on their faces or peel the foil off by themselves.

And the bottom half of that subgroup of brain-stem level functioning potato lickers?  They can't manage to use a camera without taking pictures of themselves.  They can't research google, or form abstract thoughts or do anything other than respond to light stimuli like plants or protozoa.

And the bottom half of that group?   Buzzfeed editors. Apple customers


FTFY
Ant
2014-01-16 07:41:54 PM
1 votes:

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 525x743]


The Blackberry user should be more like this now
www.vacationhomes.net
2014-01-16 07:38:00 PM
1 votes:

Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.


Like George Carlin said, Imagine how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of us are dumber than that.

Now think about that dumb half.  Half of those people are stupider than even the average moron.  And of that group of sub-moron pudding wearers?  Half of those can't even manage to smear the pudding cups on their faces or peel the foil off by themselves.

And the bottom half of that subgroup of brain-stem level functioning potato lickers?  They can't manage to use a camera without taking pictures of themselves.  They can't research google, or form abstract thoughts or do anything other than respond to light stimuli like plants or protozoa.

And the bottom half of that group?  Buzzfeed editors.
2014-01-16 07:27:52 PM
1 votes:

WayneKerr: megarian: WayneKerr: megarian: 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.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.

Wow! It's almost like the Internet.

Oh shut it. I don't carry my laptop everywhere.

I will shut it... shut it like a flip phone in the 2000's


HEEEEY-OOOO!

(I'm not proud, but I laughed)
2014-01-16 07:26:04 PM
1 votes:
I liked it when smartphones were a little difficult to use. Kept the riff-raff out of my business.
2014-01-16 07:19:29 PM
1 votes:

megarian: WayneKerr: megarian: 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.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.

Wow! It's almost like the Internet.

Oh shut it. I don't carry my laptop everywhere.


I will shut it... shut it like a flip phone in the 2000's
2014-01-16 07:18:57 PM
1 votes:

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.


to be totally fair, many of the people being run over by texting drivers are probably also texting... or buying organic produce. at worst it's a push
2014-01-16 07:18:00 PM
1 votes:
"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it"

If my kids, no matter how old they were, talked to me like that, I'd write them out of the will.
2014-01-16 07:14:04 PM
1 votes:

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.
2014-01-16 07:07:46 PM
1 votes:

megarian: 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.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.


Wow! It's almost like the Internet.
2014-01-16 07:06:17 PM
1 votes:
imgs.xkcd.com
2014-01-16 06:53:38 PM
1 votes:

orezona: [leadinghands.org image 446x269]


HP made a watch in the 1970s that actually had buttons too small for your fingers. Came with a poker attached to the wristband.

www.hp.com
2014-01-16 06:49:37 PM
1 votes:

Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.


I can't speak for anyone in TFA, but it seems like whenever my dad tries to reach himself a new computer skill, he always seems to end up breaking things in the most bizarre ways imaginable.  Most recently, he was trying to learn how to use his ISP's webmail, and he tried to delete an e-mail by closing the browser.
2014-01-16 06:34:06 PM
1 votes:
Teaching android to a boomer is like teaching potato enthusiasts not to lick windows. True story.
2014-01-16 06:26:24 PM
1 votes:
4.bp.blogspot.com
2014-01-16 05:41:43 PM
1 votes:

fusillade762: 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.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


Tell me about it.  I displaced the cure for cancer with Bananarama lyrics.
2014-01-16 04:55:35 PM
1 votes:

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.
 
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