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2014-05-10 12:04:11 AM  
Internets, cell phones with texting, face time type stuff
 
2014-05-10 12:06:46 AM  
Skype?
 
2014-05-10 12:06:49 AM  
There aren't any "telephones" to speak of anymore?
 
2014-05-10 12:07:15 AM  
Isn't the main reason just that most people prefer texting and email?
 
2014-05-10 12:10:07 AM  
I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.
 
2014-05-10 12:11:14 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Isn't the main reason just that most people prefer texting and email?


Email? That's so 90's.
 
2014-05-10 12:11:40 AM  
No one wants to talk to you
 
2014-05-10 12:13:37 AM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Isn't the main reason just that most people prefer texting and email?

Email? That's so 90's.


Not if you're employed.
 
2014-05-10 12:13:38 AM  

Gyrfalcon: There aren't any "telephones" to speak of anymore?


Maybe letting us in on your definition of a telephone would allow this to make sense.
 
2014-05-10 12:14:10 AM  
There is no cell reception in my apartment, I have to use a landline.
 
2014-05-10 12:14:49 AM  

meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.


Does that actually happen to you?

Tech support is hard enough over the phone,  it's near futile over txt/email.
 
2014-05-10 12:14:56 AM  
So, people have been told to not talk on phones in places that loud conversation is inappropriate, and they stop talking on the phones completely?  Why not still talk on the phone in appropriate places and times?  Landlines were placed where it was okay to talk, so take you cellphone call to those places, as in where it doesn't disturb other people.

I don't like full conversations by text, I usually call or text first to see if the person has time to talk, then call.  If I can't talk, I won't answer, and call back later.  Makes me wonder if kids can survive without the instant reply from someone.
 
2014-05-10 12:15:51 AM  
Those of us in our 40s can remember fighting with our siblings to spend hours on those pea green and lemon yellow landline phones.

Up until there I was confused. That sentence made me realize the author was a bald faced liar. I can't think of a single time as a teenager I fought with anyone to talk to Grandma or Aunt Sue. And no one would call their friends on a landline. You begged for the car keys and drove. No one cared about the phone, it was about driving.
 
2014-05-10 12:16:45 AM  
I all ways keep a nickel in my Penney loafers for the phone booth.
 
2014-05-10 12:17:21 AM  
my telephone is on the wall of my kitchen. sometimes it rings. sometimes I answer.
 
2014-05-10 12:23:45 AM  

Boo_Guy: meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.

Does that actually happen to you?

Tech support is hard enough over the phone,  it's near futile over txt/email.


Yes.

Many times.

I'll get texts from our guys in the field.  I call or text them back to have them email me what I need to troubleshoot.  It'd be one thing if they sent me a text saying "Check your email, having trouble" instead it's "System not working" and NO information.

At least it's not customers texting me directly.
 
2014-05-10 12:24:08 AM  

lack of warmth: So, people have been told to not talk on phones in places that loud conversation is inappropriate, and they stop talking on the phones completely?  Why not still talk on the phone in appropriate places and times?  Landlines were placed where it was okay to talk, so take you cellphone call to those places, as in where it doesn't disturb other people.

I don't like full conversations by text, I usually call or text first to see if the person has time to talk, then call.  If I can't talk, I won't answer, and call back later.  Makes me wonder if kids can survive without the instant reply from someone.


I do not know what world you live in(though my loudest coworker is from Flint) but people talk on cell phones in the worst places imaginable, then get irate when they are given a dirty look because they are being rude farks.

I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.
 
2014-05-10 12:25:04 AM  
Because most things don't need an immediate response and all the gossip is on facetwegram?
 
2014-05-10 12:25:08 AM  

lack of warmth: Makes me wonder if kids can survive without the instant reply from someone.


Among the people I know,  no one is sitting staring at the phone waiting for a text to come in,  they're doing several other things at the same time.

It might be one of the reasons why people call less,  you send a text when you got a second and the other person does the same when they take a pause.  You get to choose when you send/respond and there's no small-talk/BS around it either.
 
2014-05-10 12:25:56 AM  

meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.


Something I've noticed is the huge number of people who either haven't bothered to set up their voice mail, or who haven't recorded an answer message identifying who they are.

Texting still strikes me as unprofessional.  If I have a client who texts me first, I'll respond in kind, but I don't use it an an initial means of contact.
 
2014-05-10 12:26:04 AM  
The desire to communicate privately is one reason people have largely abandoned talking on the phone as a social medium.

Then why do you, nowadays, know all about some random strangers' genital warts, who was banging whom last night and what they'll be having for dinner for the next three days after you've come home via public transport?
 
2014-05-10 12:26:30 AM  

worlddan: Those of us in our 40s can remember fighting with our siblings to spend hours on those pea green and lemon yellow landline phones.

Up until there I was confused. That sentence made me realize the author was a bald faced liar. I can't think of a single time as a teenager I fought with anyone to talk to Grandma or Aunt Sue. And no one would call their friends on a landline. You begged for the car keys and drove. No one cared about the phone, it was about driving.


I am 44 and the only time  I was yakking on the land line in the day was to get someone to come pick my ass up, because I could not get the keys.  But then again I grew up in New ORleans.  There was no shame in taking the street car to the french quarter.
 
2014-05-10 12:27:53 AM  
theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.


Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.
 
2014-05-10 12:30:44 AM  
I was at the mall recently and watched as a group of teen girls were trying to figure out how to use the last payphone in the mall.  One girl tried putting coins in the phone with the handset on the hook.  Another girl said to her, "No, you have to open it first."
 
2014-05-10 12:31:45 AM  
People have stopped talking on telephones?

www.aerojockey.com
 
2014-05-10 12:31:51 AM  

AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.


People tend to talk more loudly when they're on the phone than they do if they're sitting or standing next to someone (in general, some people are just loud regardless of the situation).
 
2014-05-10 12:32:05 AM  

meat0918: Boo_Guy: meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.

Does that actually happen to you?

Tech support is hard enough over the phone,  it's near futile over txt/email.

Yes.

Many times.

I'll get texts from our guys in the field.  I call or text them back to have them email me what I need to troubleshoot.  It'd be one thing if they sent me a text saying "Check your email, having trouble" instead it's "System not working" and NO information.

At least it's not customers texting me directly.


I guess you're supposed to automatically know what's wrong.

You should send them back a gif of a wizard waving a magic wand when they do that.

Field Guy: "System not working"
You: "I'll get right on that!" send gif of wizard
You: "Is it working yet?"
Field Guy:" No??"
You: "Maybe try sending me some more info so the wizard will work better then."
 
2014-05-10 12:32:19 AM  

The Voice of Doom: The desire to communicate privately is one reason people have largely abandoned talking on the phone as a social medium.

Then why do you, nowadays, know all about some random strangers' genital warts, who was banging whom last night and what they'll be having for dinner for the next three days after you've come home via public transport?


You work for the NSA?
 
2014-05-10 12:33:21 AM  

AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.


Wrong, but thanks for playing.
 
2014-05-10 12:34:01 AM  
yet thls movie was possible in 2002: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183649/
 
2014-05-10 12:34:32 AM  

Boo_Guy: meat0918: Boo_Guy: meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.

Does that actually happen to you?

Tech support is hard enough over the phone,  it's near futile over txt/email.

Yes.

Many times.

I'll get texts from our guys in the field.  I call or text them back to have them email me what I need to troubleshoot.  It'd be one thing if they sent me a text saying "Check your email, having trouble" instead it's "System not working" and NO information.

At least it's not customers texting me directly.

I guess you're supposed to automatically know what's wrong.

You should send them back a gif of a wizard waving a magic wand when they do that.

Field Guy: "System not working"
You: "I'll get right on that!" send gif of wizard
You: "Is it working yet?"
Field Guy:" No??"
You: "Maybe try sending me some more info so the wizard will work better then."


i'm stealing this.
 
2014-05-10 12:35:38 AM  
TuteTibiImperes
Something I've noticed is the huge number of people who either haven't bothered to set up their voice mail, or who haven't recorded an answer message identifying who they are.


I only bothered after I switched providers, got a new number and then a doctor's office and a realtor both left voice messages for someone else.
 
2014-05-10 12:35:40 AM  
The desire to communicate privately is one reason people have largely abandoned talking on the phone as a social medium.

Can you tell that to the asshole beside me at the movies or the restaurant who can't go an hour and a half without telling all their friends in a very loud voice their latest trivial life-changing event?
 
2014-05-10 12:36:54 AM  
yet again  i will try to post an image (fourth attempt)

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-10 12:39:47 AM  

AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.


Actually,

If you are in a grocery store line, and you are too busy yakking to unload your cart and pay attention to the cashier it is rude to everyone else.

If you are driving and yakking and you do not go with the light is green, or you are not paying attention to the road it is rude.

I did not go to the shopping center to here you yell into the phone about what so and so needs to pick up for dinner and how the guy you went out with last night left his socks under your bed.

You can useless hear both sides because people love to put that phone on speaker and yell into it like a 1970s Ronco walkie talkie.
 
2014-05-10 12:42:14 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: People tend to talk more loudly when they're on the phone than they do if they're sitting or standing next to someone (in general, some people are just loud regardless of the situation).


Only cell phones, because for some incomprehensible reason modern cell phones with more computing power than a 2005 server don't do sidetone.
 
2014-05-10 12:42:15 AM  
the only reason anyone ever makes a phone call is because they believe that what they have to say is more important than anything else the other person might be doing at the time.
 
2014-05-10 12:43:47 AM  

theflatline: lack of warmth: So, people have been told to not talk on phones in places that loud conversation is inappropriate, and they stop talking on the phones completely?  Why not still talk on the phone in appropriate places and times?  Landlines were placed where it was okay to talk, so take you cellphone call to those places, as in where it doesn't disturb other people.

I don't like full conversations by text, I usually call or text first to see if the person has time to talk, then call.  If I can't talk, I won't answer, and call back later.  Makes me wonder if kids can survive without the instant reply from someone.

I do not know what world you live in(though my loudest coworker is from Flint) but people talk on cell phones in the worst places imaginable, then get irate when they are given a dirty look because they are being rude farks.

I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.


Boo_Guy: lack of warmth: Makes me wonder if kids can survive without the instant reply from someone.

Among the people I know,  no one is sitting staring at the phone waiting for a text to come in,  they're doing several other things at the same time.

It might be one of the reasons why people call less,  you send a text when you got a second and the other person does the same when they take a pause.  You get to choose when you send/respond and there's no small-talk/BS around it either.


Because I rarely see people talking on their phones, but they sit there staring at the phone, texting away like mad.  And it is usually the teen to 20 something range of people doing it.  The folks my age tend to do as I do, they will leave the room instead of disturbing others; if they were to text it is short.  The only exception at work has been a mentally disabled man, who makes very loud phone calls to relatives during breaks.  We give him a pass.
 
2014-05-10 12:44:13 AM  

theflatline: AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.

Actually,

If you are in a grocery store line, and you are too busy yakking to unload your cart and pay attention to the cashier it is rude to everyone else.

If you are driving and yakking and you do not go with the light is green, or you are not paying attention to the road it is rude.

I did not go to the shopping center to here you yell into the phone about what so and so needs to pick up for dinner and how the guy you went out with last night left his socks under your bed.

You can useless hear both sides because people love to put that phone on speaker and yell into it like a 1970s Ronco walkie talkie.


"Where you at?"

/So glad Nextel is gone
 
2014-05-10 12:45:41 AM  
When I visit my parents, pretty much every single landline call is a robot who never answers, a robot who starts a recording, a human who may as well be a robot cold calling for contractor work, air conditioning, painting, gardening, mortgage adjustments, health insurance supplementals, blood drives, Easter Seals, and now electioneering. They should cut that line, but it's the first phone number I ever learned at 4 years old, and probably the last one I'll remember if I ever get Alzheimer's.
 
2014-05-10 12:45:42 AM  

Boo_Guy: meat0918: I hate that this has intruded into the professional world.

Yes, sometimes shiat is important enough and immediate to solicit a phone call.  I cannot do tech support over text message goddamnit, especially when I need dump files and technical readouts!

//But I rely on email for most things.

Does that actually happen to you?

Tech support is hard enough over the phone,  it's near futile over txt/email.


When I need technical support from the IT guys at work, email works just fine. But then again, I am not an idiot. So I always send them detailed information about the problem I'm having, the steps I've taken to try to resolve it, and the exact error message I'm getting (including any codes, etc). 99% of the time I get what I need fixed in 5 minutes that way. The rest of the time I use instant messaging and that's always plenty.

I agree though that it would be a nightmare to try to provide tech support for the general public, or even just non-technical workers, through email or text. Most of those people expect the IT guys to magically read the computer's "mind" for them, and don't prove adequate information.

So I'd say the problem isn't with email, but with the morons sending the emails. Those same people are also morans on the phone, but at least then it's harder for them to ignore followup questions.
 
2014-05-10 12:46:59 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: theflatline: AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.

Actually,

If you are in a grocery store line, and you are too busy yakking to unload your cart and pay attention to the cashier it is rude to everyone else.

If you are driving and yakking and you do not go with the light is green, or you are not paying attention to the road it is rude.

I did not go to the shopping center to here you yell into the phone about what so and so needs to pick up for dinner and how the guy you went out with last night left his socks under your bed.

You can useless hear both sides because people love to put that phone on speaker and yell into it like a 1970s Ronco walkie talkie.

"Where you at?"

/So glad Nextel is gone


I was going to post that.

There was nothing worse than being in public than hearing the Nextel beep.  Usually on the hip of some obese white trash woman who would yell into the phone, at her kids, and anyone who got in her way.  It made shopping at Walmart sound like the communication scene in Close Encounters.
 
2014-05-10 12:47:39 AM  
If I need to send more than 2 text messages, I call the person. If they say "I can't talk on the phone right now", they get a text back "ok, call me when you can." I'm not taking 5x the time and writing a damn novel for something that would be a 60 second phonecall.

Also, what happened to going outside to take (or make) a call in a restaurant? Or putting phones on the table?

/get off my lawn.
 
2014-05-10 12:48:15 AM  

worlddan: Those of us in our 40s can remember fighting with our siblings to spend hours on those pea green and lemon yellow landline phones.

Up until there I was confused. That sentence made me realize the author was a bald faced liar. I can't think of a single time as a teenager I fought with anyone to talk to Grandma or Aunt Sue. And no one would call their friends on a landline. You begged for the car keys and drove. No one cared about the phone, it was about driving.


Nice try, Miles Gloriosus.
 
2014-05-10 12:48:31 AM  

worlddan: Those of us in our 40s can remember fighting with our siblings to spend hours on those pea green and lemon yellow landline phones.

Up until there I was confused. That sentence made me realize the author was a bald faced liar. I can't think of a single time as a teenager I fought with anyone to talk to Grandma or Aunt Sue. And no one would call their friends on a landline. You begged for the car keys and drove. No one cared about the phone, it was about driving.


I suppose you had a normal teenage life when you got your license. But until you were 16 or whenever you got your license you had no one to talk to but your grandma and Aunt Sue?
 
2014-05-10 12:51:31 AM  

theflatline: AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.

Actually,

If you are in a grocery store line, and you are too busy yakking to unload your cart and pay attention to the cashier it is rude to everyone else.

If you are driving and yakking and you do not go with the light is green, or you are not paying attention to the road it is rude.

I did not go to the shopping center to here you yell into the phone about what so and so needs to pick up for dinner and how the guy you went out with last night left his socks under your bed.

You can useless hear both sides because people love to put that phone on speaker and yell into it like a 1970s Ronco walkie talkie.


Yes, those are rude...  but if I am talking on my phone in the grocery line and putting my stuff on the little belt like everyone else, that shouldn't be a problem. I am in line to pay for my groceries, not to have a meaningless conversation about the weather with the teenager scanning my groceries.
 
2014-05-10 12:52:42 AM  

Fano: worlddan: Those of us in our 40s can remember fighting with our siblings to spend hours on those pea green and lemon yellow landline phones.

Up until there I was confused. That sentence made me realize the author was a bald faced liar. I can't think of a single time as a teenager I fought with anyone to talk to Grandma or Aunt Sue. And no one would call their friends on a landline. You begged for the car keys and drove. No one cared about the phone, it was about driving.

Nice try, Miles Gloriosus.


Heh, I hadn't thought about that play in a while.
 
2014-05-10 12:55:08 AM  

AngryTeacher: theflatline: AngryTeacher: theflatline:
I am a tech manager at one of the largest mobile carriers, and I get calls from people on planes, trains, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery line, etc.

People could give a rats ass about politeness.

Other than the movie theater, no one would care if you were talking to another person standing next to you. People just think it is rude because they cannot listen to both sides of the conversation.

These busybodies are the true rude people, not the ones on the phone.

Actually,

If you are in a grocery store line, and you are too busy yakking to unload your cart and pay attention to the cashier it is rude to everyone else.

If you are driving and yakking and you do not go with the light is green, or you are not paying attention to the road it is rude.

I did not go to the shopping center to here you yell into the phone about what so and so needs to pick up for dinner and how the guy you went out with last night left his socks under your bed.

You can useless hear both sides because people love to put that phone on speaker and yell into it like a 1970s Ronco walkie talkie.

Yes, those are rude...  but if I am talking on my phone in the grocery line and putting my stuff on the little belt like everyone else, that shouldn't be a problem. I am in line to pay for my groceries, not to have a meaningless conversation about the weather with the teenager scanning my groceries.


1/10 troll. Otherwise you're a grandmother in a mans body
 
2014-05-10 12:56:02 AM  

the801: the only reason anyone ever makes a phone call is because they believe that what they have to say is more important than anything else the other person might be doing at the time.


Really? Are the people you know so much slaves to answering the phone that they can't stop themselves from answering and letting it go to voicemail if they are busy❔
 
2014-05-10 12:57:00 AM  

mllawso: If I need to send more than 2 text messages, I call the person. If they say "I can't talk on the phone right now", they get a text back "ok, call me when you can." I'm not taking 5x the time and writing a damn novel for something that would be a 60 second phonecall.

Also, what happened to going outside to take (or make) a call in a restaurant? Or putting phones on the table?

/get off my lawn.


Exactly.  Unless it is meet me here, or pick up some milk, I can solve a problem much quicker via voice.

I take escalated calls at work from angry users on cell phones because they seem to take hearing it from a manager doing it better.

client "Yeah, your rep said he needed to call me back on another phone, so he could fix it, why is that you cannot fix it with me on it."

Me"Does your mechanic work on your car with you? driving it around?  Tell you what, let me get you to turn the phone completely off, and right back on, try what you were doing before, and I will call you in five."  99.9 percent of the time it works.

My favorite call recently was a guy cussed one of my reps out for 20 minutes, so I stepped in.

"Sir, the reason your data is not working is because your wife called and turned it off because you kept going over, she is the owner of the account."
"Shut up motherfarker, hold on" and then to someone on the side of him "Yo nubian, lemme get that 8 ball and dove sack"

He proceeds to get on the phone again with me screaming and I say "Do you know these calls are recorded?  I hope that 8 aint stepped on"  OF course he hung up.

I miss the days when I could fire customers.
 
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