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(NPR)   In the midst of increased connectivity, are we becoming more disconnected from one another - and ourselves?   (npr.org) divider line 26
    More: Obvious, Swarthmore College, Sherry Turkle, Chronicle of Higher Education  
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2014-02-12 02:59:39 AM  
3 votes:
It's bullshiat.  We're more connected than ever.  The internet just gives us confirmation that we didn't want to know these people anyway.
2014-02-12 05:56:35 AM  
2 votes:

Jim_Callahan: Lapdance: My version of Disconnected:

Kitchen Phone Rings - "Who the Hell is Bothering me Now!"

Yeah, a phone that has Wires! It has an Answering Machine in it. If I'm not home, guess what, Tough!

We're all very happy for you that you have a job low enough on the social/income ladder that it never involves being on call, and somewhat sad for you that you don't have enough friends to justify being on the same communications regime as the rest of the world.

The rest of us pretty much need a cell in order to function in the modern world.  Good job on somehow turning being poor and/or poorly prepared to deal with basic life challenges into something to brag about, though, I'm sure that'll do well by you as soon as you manage to find some hipsters that are also octogenarians for your social circle.  I recommend learning checkers.


This post is a bit mean-spirited. Who would go from a discussion of communication, identity, and technology and take it to an invective focused on poverty and worth and employment. I mean, what culture would produce such a mind? From where might that individual hail?
2014-02-12 05:54:25 AM  
2 votes:
Not a new phenomena.

i.imgur.com
2014-02-12 05:35:50 AM  
2 votes:
Not Poor, Old!

If you have a Job where people are calling you Incessantly or at Home, you've got the Wrong Job!

I'm not Married to the Goddamn phone. I have a cell phone though. I make the Co. pay for it on my Exp acct. When I go home, it's Off!
2014-02-12 02:58:22 AM  
2 votes:
Yeah, well, I have avoidant personality disorder, so go pound sand.
2014-02-12 02:47:57 AM  
2 votes:
I became overstimulated with electronics in the early 2000's.  It took a few years to adjust but by 2007 I had found a nice balance.   I developed some good habits and enjoy having a lot of space from people.
It will take a lot of time for everyone else to develop some good habits. At some point there will be clearly defined cultural rules which will keep it in check.
2014-02-12 12:18:27 AM  
2 votes:
If the people you are with or the event you are attending are not important enough to command your attention, then: Why. Are. You. There?

Excellent question.
2014-02-12 11:59:47 AM  
1 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com
2014-02-12 08:24:49 AM  
1 votes:
Fark_Guy_Rob:
Life pre-industrial revolution was awfully horrible.


And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.

Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.
2014-02-12 07:33:13 AM  
1 votes:
you people suck. electronic devices won't cheat on you.

/yet
2014-02-12 06:13:33 AM  
1 votes:
No we are not.. old people have been saying this shiat since the farking Romans.
2014-02-12 06:08:21 AM  
1 votes:
 

Jim_Callahan: Lapdance:  My version of Disconnected:

Kitchen Phone Rings - "Who the Hell is Bothering me Now!"

Yeah, a phone that has Wires! It has an Answering Machine in it. If I'm not home, guess what, Tough!

We're all very happy for you that you have a job low enough on the social/income ladder that it never involves being on call, and somewhat sad for you that you don't have enough friends to justify being on the same communications regime as the rest of the world.

The rest of us pretty much need a cell in order to function in the modern world.  Good job on somehow turning being poor and/or poorly prepared to deal with basic life challenges into something to brag about, though, I'm sure that'll do well by you as soon as you manage to find some hipsters that are also octogenarians for your social circle.  I recommend learning checkers.


Oh, Jim, you sound like you have LOTS of friends. Don't let us keep you... (more'n 26 minutes)

Preferred media, in order:
1) In person. If I like you, we'll see each other within the month. Probably over a meal.
2) E-mail. Checked twice daily.
3) Call or leave a message on the land line.  If we're having sex, nobody's picking up. We'll get back to you whenever.

This system has worked out pretty well so far, even in emergencies.
2014-02-12 05:50:50 AM  
1 votes:
Call me old fashioned, but social networking for me is simply getting the fark outside. Internet's fun, but a lot of the time, it's like a cross between a library and a dumpster.
2014-02-12 05:13:54 AM  
1 votes:
My version of Disconnected:

Kitchen Phone Rings - "Who the Hell is Bothering me Now!"

Yeah, a phone that has Wires! It has an Answering Machine in it. If I'm not home, guess what, Tough!
2014-02-12 04:35:50 AM  
1 votes:
A friend said it best: "I sit here, the computer and I, until only the computer remains." Such optimism.
2014-02-12 04:30:40 AM  
1 votes:
If Marshall McLuhan were alive he'd find all of this exceedingly amusing.

/and then he'd write a big, complex book about it
//and then a follow up book explaining that book
2014-02-12 04:07:26 AM  
1 votes:
 Increased connectivity = more ways to escape boring people around you.

Sorry, but most of the people you interact with on a daily basis are farking boring. It's not their fault they can't bring up something your interested in talking about in 0.1 seconds. Most likley they don't have the right answer to your question anyway because the data was never crawled and returns 404. Real world relationships will be more about sustaining your non real world life as we move forward.

Until we become machine.

The internet is everything.
2014-02-12 03:13:29 AM  
1 votes:
Answer TFA wants its readers to believe because it's concern-trolling/fear-mongering: Yes.

Actual answer: No, and if you thought people were genuinely interested in your bullshiat instead of phasing it out whilst nodding politely and thinking about other, better people long before they had smart-phones to dick around on, you're an idiot.  Especially if, like the author of TFA, you're clearly a boring person with nothing real to contribute to any given conversation.

Bonus answer for the sarcastic person:  Η νεολαία μας αγαπήσει τώρα πολυτέλεια. Έχουν κακούς τρόπους, περιφρόνηση για την εξουσία; Δείχνουν έλλειψη σεβασμού για τους μεγαλύτερούς τους και την αγάπη φλυαρία στη θέση της άσκησης; Έχουν πλέον αυξηθεί κατά γέροντες εισέλθουν στην αίθουσα; Έρχονται σε αντίθεση με τους γονείς τους, φλυαρία πριν εταιρεία? Καταβροχθίζω το φαγητό τους και να τυραννούν τους δασκάλους τους .

// I'm sure the grammar is farked, I'm lazy and used google translate.
2014-02-12 03:08:25 AM  
1 votes:
imagizer.imageshack.us
/Seems appropriate.
2014-02-12 03:03:19 AM  
1 votes:
Get this with the GF a lot.  We can be sitting in the same room for 3 or 4 hours and most of that time will be spent with her messaging friends and family and commenting and liking stuff on FB.  I'm young enough that I recognize that it's not totally a bad thing.  It's nice to be able to keep in touch with people you don't see in person regularly and helps to keep friendships alive that might have died out without that technology.  On the other hand, I question why if these people were so important to each other they can never meet to talk.  Especially when a lot of them live less than 10 miles away.

Mostly it's just frustrating being right there, a real flesh and blood person, and coming second place to a tiny glowing screen.  And some might say that if we actually had more to talk about with each other it wouldn't be a problem.  And they'd probably be partly right.  But the problem is, when the technology isn't there it forces the people to find stuff to talk about.  When it's there it makes it too easy for one party to get lazy and not make the effort.

/Rant over
//Doesn't hate technology
///Loves lots of technology and has a smart phone
//Dislikes what technology does to people
2014-02-12 02:53:42 AM  
1 votes:
Oh no I'm connecting with people who aren't you the stranger who is in my immediate vicinity.  Protip: long before Facebook, or Twitter, or texting, or even owning a cell phone, I was avoiding random encounters.  Now that I do have the ability, I connect with my friends a lot more than I had in the past.

As an aside I didn't even have to click to find out Linton was a boomer so I'm rolling my eyes at this veiled stab at Millennials.  It's like all boomers do now that they've forgotten that they're supposed to be picking on Gen X.  Yeah man let's all drop some acid and connect with each other just like we did in the 70's.  Maybe we can join a cult or something, that's super duper social.

tl;dr olds are befuddled by what the crazy kids are doing these days, take ten.
2014-02-12 02:51:04 AM  
1 votes:
"We ARE the Internet."

\Marshall McLuhan,,,, call your office....
2014-02-12 02:50:51 AM  
1 votes:
I attend meetups where handbrains are only used for referrence purposes. Otherwise we'd be doing a foodie restaurant just to be foodies.
2014-02-12 02:22:09 AM  
1 votes:

fusillade762: If the people you are with or the event you are attending are not important enough to command your attention, then: Why. Are. You. There?

Excellent question.


"because they're paying me quite nicely"?
2014-02-12 01:21:44 AM  
1 votes:
Hopefully. I don't really care for any of you and I'm no grand prize either.
2014-02-12 12:48:06 AM  
1 votes:
There will always be a substantial number of people who are disconnected from themselves and others no matter the circumstances or the technology

/we call them Republicans
 
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