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2014-05-05 09:07:55 AM  
Smart Phones and Dumb People is the name of my Weezer cover band
 
2014-05-05 09:52:52 AM  
Kind of heavy handed, but he has a point.  <Sent from my Verizon Next-Gen Smartphone>
 
2014-05-05 09:55:08 AM  
I do get annoyed at people who never look up from their phone, but I also find social media useful, for me it means I can keep up with what's going on with people I know without having to spend a lot of time actually talking to them.
 
2014-05-05 10:00:35 AM  
Social media let's us be free of the chains of geography.
 
2014-05-05 10:02:31 AM  

basemetal: Smart Phones and Dumb People is the name of my Weezer cover band


+1 thanks man.
 
2014-05-05 10:14:38 AM  
I enjoy the butthurt defenders of social media using the umbrella "technology" to defend their turf.

"No Twitter?!? Luddite!"
 
2014-05-05 10:17:54 AM  
Use a technology if it improves your life and lets you connect with people. If not, then skip it. Different strokes for different folks.

But that's not good enough for some people, gotta have a race to the bottom for assholery and pretentiousness between pro- and anti-social media types.
 
2014-05-05 10:25:16 AM  
Social media is for The Stupids. And slaves ..
 
2014-05-05 10:31:47 AM  

Girl Pants: Use a technology if it improves your life and lets you connect with people. If not, then skip it. Different strokes for different folks.

But that's not good enough for some people, gotta have a race to the bottom for assholery and pretentiousness between pro- and anti-social media types.


"Connect" doesn't mean what you think it means if by "connecting" all's your doing is staring into a stupid phone. "Social" media?! That word was made up by marketers. It's hard to be "social" while staring at your thumbs.
 
2014-05-05 10:36:07 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: Girl Pants: Use a technology if it improves your life and lets you connect with people. If not, then skip it. Different strokes for different folks.

But that's not good enough for some people, gotta have a race to the bottom for assholery and pretentiousness between pro- and anti-social media types.

"Connect" doesn't mean what you think it means if by "connecting" all's your doing is staring into a stupid phone. "Social" media?! That word was made up by marketers. It's hard to be "social" while staring at your thumbs.


Brace yourself.

Some people actually "connect" with social media, in order to determine where they will physically be meeting others to "socialize."

Those millions of pictures of people's meals can only be taken...in the wild!
 
2014-05-05 10:50:17 AM  
I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.
 
2014-05-05 10:55:35 AM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


It's useful for event planning. That's about it.
 
2014-05-05 10:56:14 AM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


If I want to I can check in with my distant relatives and and see how they are doing and know whats new with them.  If I don't want to, I don't have to.  That's pretty nice.
 
2014-05-05 11:00:59 AM  
I liked my friends much more before Facebook.
Now......not so much.
 
2014-05-05 11:12:23 AM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.
 
2014-05-05 11:31:52 AM  
The problem with the damn telephone is that people are going to start talking to their neighbors over a wire, instead of face-to-face.  This will lead to greater deceit.
 
2014-05-05 11:35:02 AM  

Gonz: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.


That comment received 3 legitimate answers.

I'm certain that poster will ask that same question in future threads related to social media though.

It all comes down to...

img.4plebs.org
 
2014-05-05 11:35:15 AM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


It saves me a ton of time, and I know what people are up to and what's going on in their lives really quickly.  Plus it's great to schedule plans.
 
2014-05-05 11:40:40 AM  
That comment received 3 legitimate weak answers
 
2014-05-05 11:45:45 AM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


I use Goodreads to see what books my friends have rated highly, so i can look them up to possibly get. Yes I can ask them, but this way i can see what they liked 10-15+ years ago stuff they may have forgotten.  And i know Goodreads ahsnt been around that long, but it allows you to enter your entire library and rate it as you go along, as well as review books.

That being said, that is the only social media i use.  Not very attention whorish.
 
2014-05-05 11:49:23 AM  
Tablets and smart phones are no different from Dad reading the paper of Mom with her nose buried in 50 shades of grey. Just like the tv made all of us Zombies.
If you aren't interesting enough to pay attention to, that's on you.

/Didn't watch the video
 
2014-05-05 11:51:35 AM  
i1.ytimg.com
I forgot my phone.
41 million hits. .. so far.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8

That chick is hot.
 
2014-05-05 12:05:02 PM  

Gonz: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.


No, you have not told me how it improves your life. You've told me that you don't want to be bothered with email. I don't have to "keep up with hundreds of emails" either, because I'm never going to communicate with hundreds of people on a regular basis and those that I do communicate with are are automatically added to my contacts list. This information is propagated over the cloud to all my devices immediately. And I can use Siri to dictate an email, text message or to call someone. I don't have to be logged onto a social media to do this. If someone decides to drop out of the social media site you use and you don't have any other contact information for them, you jus Before ou know it,
 
2014-05-05 12:07:35 PM  

JackieRabbit: Gonz: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.

No, you have not told me how it improves your life. You've told me that you don't want to be bothered with email. I don't have to "keep up with hundreds of emails" either, because I'm never going to communicate with hundreds of people on a regular basis and those that I do communicate with are are automatically added to my contacts list. This information is propagated over the cloud to all my devices immediately. And I can use Siri to dictate an email, text message or to call someone. I don't have to be logged onto a social media to do this. If someone decides to drop out of the social media site you use and you don't have any other contact information for them, you jus Before ou know it,


I fail to see how a bicycle can improve someones life!
Well it helps me get where I need to go.
I have a car!
 
2014-05-05 12:19:46 PM  
Social media has improved my life. I've made a lot of friends who live far away through twitter who have become IRL friends when we get the chance to meet up. It's great to be able to know what they're up to and they can link me to sales on stuff we all like so we can get them before they sell out (this happened just this morning in fact). I live in a very rural area for work and it's very nice to have an open forum to talk to folks rather than a specific site's boards, or e-mailing specific people (and in turn excluding others).

Now I'm sure you'll just say this could have been done on a message board or through e-mail, etc. And you're right. But by that kind of logic nothing new is good because a combination of old things could still do it. Don't hate on all social media because some people are the cliche idiot who sits there at their phone ignoring their IRL companions. I use social media when there is otherwise no real-life socializing to be done.
 
2014-05-05 12:30:11 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


I use social media to make money by selling my invention. This has been successful enough for me that I will be able to quit my day job in two to seven months and spend more time with my family. Meanwhile it's generated enough money that I've been able to fix and pay off my car and my unsecured debts, buy new clothes for the first time in about a year, send my wife to physical therapy, and afford a tenth anniversary trip to Japan with my wife.

I don't understand what motivation a person could have to pretend that no one anywhere could be benefiting from something that literally over a billion people use voluntarily.
 
2014-05-05 12:33:33 PM  

JackieRabbit: Gonz: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.

No, you have not told me how it improves your life. You've told me that you don't want to be bothered with email. I don't have to "keep up with hundreds of emails" either, because I'm never going to communicate with hundreds of people on a regular basis and those that I do communicate with are are automatically added to my contacts list. This information is propagated over the cloud to all my devices immediately. And I can use Siri to dictate an email, text message or to call someone. I don't have to be logged onto a social media to do this. If someone decides to drop out of the social media site you use and you don't have any other contact information for them, you jus Before ou know it,


Email is a social medium, you twat.
 
2014-05-05 12:46:12 PM  
Okay, I'm sorry I called you a twat. I guess that's bound to happen when people all across the globe can login to a website and associate freely with one another over the cyberwebz.

Oh, forums are social media, too? Whoa.

Maybe you just hate Facebook and Twitter.
 
2014-05-05 01:00:48 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


I was able to reconnect with my sister and my niece (and nephew later on) after close to 25 years, after they had been relocated under a program similar to witness protection program.  The threat is no longer in existence and the story is long and complicated, but it was via Facebook that they contacted me.

I had tried to find them throughout all those years, but it was them that managed to find them.

I really only bother with Facebook to stay in touch with my nieces/family and a few friends, and to share something funny once in a while, but I am seldom on it, 1-2 times per week maybe unless someone sends me a message.

Does that work for you?

Anyways... the thing about social media, it's not that it's useless, it does have it's use, but it's the addiction aspect of it that's the trouble... the needy side of people that they feel like they are missing out if they aren't checking what everyone is doing, or announce everything that they are doing.

With this generation of attention seekers, of everyone being an expert, must be the center to the universe, etc.

Heck, the reality is... Fark threads are social media... that's what a open forum is.
 
2014-05-05 01:08:48 PM  

Wangiss: Email is a social medium, you twat.


hmmm no..

email is direct communication...electronic letters with attachments.

Social media is posting for public view or multiple people, done via websites.

You can have "private" chats or messages via those sites, but it's not email.

Social media is about "feedback", for a large audience.
 
2014-05-05 01:34:42 PM  

imfallen_angel: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

I was able to reconnect with my sister and my niece (and nephew later on) after close to 25 years, after they had been relocated under a program similar to witness protection program.  The threat is no longer in existence and the story is long and complicated, but it was via Facebook that they contacted me.

I had tried to find them throughout all those years, but it was them that managed to find them.

I really only bother with Facebook to stay in touch with my nieces/family and a few friends, and to share something funny once in a while, but I am seldom on it, 1-2 times per week maybe unless someone sends me a message.

Does that work for you?

Anyways... the thing about social media, it's not that it's useless, it does have it's use, but it's the addiction aspect of it that's the trouble... the needy side of people that they feel like they are missing out if they aren't checking what everyone is doing, or announce everything that they are doing.

With this generation of attention seekers, of everyone being an expert, must be the center to the universe, etc.

Heck, the reality is... Fark threads are social media... that's what a open forum is.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-05 01:37:29 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


It makes me feel great about myself when I see the grammar and spelling that most people use. It's a drug free anti-depressant.
 
2014-05-05 02:32:18 PM  
Are you kidding? My life would be far worse if I didn't know that that one chick from high school, who I sat near in business math, just became the proud sister in law to a guy who just graduated from Devry. Woot woot!
 
2014-05-05 02:43:35 PM  

Gonz: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

Convenience. I don't have to keep up with hundreds of email accounts. If I need to get in touch with someone, I've got a one-stop location to do so.

There. Now someone has told you how social media has improved their life, and you don't have to make that comment ever again. Which, if you think about it, means that social media has now improved your life as well.

I was able to reach my long most cousin through Facebook and talk to her right before she died. No one knew how to contact her otherwise.

 
2014-05-05 03:09:49 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


There are dozens of people I've met around the world through festivals and shows that I keep in touch with through social media. I've gotten commission work, advertised my business, and arranged shows/meetings with it.

 Your mileage may vary, but it's laughable that you can't imagine an instance where it's a valuable or useful tool.
 
2014-05-05 03:28:39 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


Go ahead.  Tell us all about how you don't even OWN a TV.  Or as your kind call it, 'the glass teat'.
 
2014-05-05 03:54:03 PM  

Hebalo: JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.

There are dozens of people I've met around the world through festivals and shows that I keep in touch with through social media. I've gotten commission work, advertised my business, and arranged shows/meetings with it.

 Your mileage may vary, but it's laughable that you can't imagine an instance where it's a valuable or useful tool.


I have hooked up with a lot of high school classmates, and I find that a bonus.   My GF and I even first reconnected on Facebook.
 
2014-05-05 03:55:23 PM  
I posted the vid to my facebook feed with the following short poem:

I'm a little late to this party, but it bears repeating;
Electronic living is really life-cheating.
 
2014-05-05 04:21:45 PM  

imfallen_angel: Wangiss: Email is a social medium, you twat.

hmmm no..

email is direct communication...electronic letters with attachments.

Social media is posting for public view or multiple people, done via websites.

You can have "private" chats or messages via those sites, but it's not email.

Social media is about "feedback", for a large audience.


^^^^
This.
 
2014-05-05 05:10:54 PM  
I like to talk about
stuff.  In a semi-monotonous voice.
Fake British accent.
Put pauses in random
parts of my sentences but
no discernable rhyme structure.

I call myself an artist
but I'm really just a hipster.

Shatner wannabe.

I complain about social media
Like I used
to complain about TV.
 
2014-05-05 05:16:36 PM  
As someone with crippling social anxiety, social media is able to give me a sense of belonging that's just enough to make me feel connected to other human beings. Albeit social media has made fave to face communication more encumbering because people aren't used to it while I still would like the physical interaction more... But I've never had luck with people... In the same way porn for some is their only way of being around naked men and women, social media gives me the same empty satisfaction
 
2014-05-05 05:17:43 PM  

JackieRabbit: I'm still waiting for someone, anyone to give me a single example of how social media has improved his/her life. No one has been able to demonstrate that it is anything beyond than a time and mind suck.


Running club.  When somebody in my group of friends wants to knock out a few miles and grab a beer after work, they post on the facebook group with where they're starting and how long they're going.  One or two of us show up and have a good time.

In the olden days we'd either have to keep a consistent schedule, or the person who wants a run would have to call everybody on the phone or somehow meet them all in person.

/ Remember "phone trees"?  Do you remember those?!?!
// Technically email can be used to organize the running club (and often is thanks to the one jerk who refuses to get Facebook), but I consider email to be a subset of "social media".
 
2014-05-05 05:22:54 PM  
It really depends on how you use it. I just got a job with a site that's technically social networking, but it revolves around cars. How is it useful? Well, users post logbooks of all the projects, restoration or modifications and other users who have the same or similar car can look at what they've done for advice or inspiration. I realize there are a lot of online forums for that, but this encompasses all makes and models. I find it interesting and I love cars. So, yeah, it's totally improved my life.
 
2014-05-05 06:13:08 PM  
Great message. Naff rhyming.
 
2014-05-05 06:19:43 PM  
Aside from the bland music, the ordinary diction, and basic theme it's no wonder it has become so widely regarded.
 
2014-05-06 02:27:09 AM  

the_end_is_rear: I liked my friends much more before Facebook.
Now......not so much.


This
 
2014-05-06 08:14:39 AM  
upix.me

/Doesn't use Facebook or Twitter.
 
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