Are smart phones ruining our overall happiness?

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    Aug 27, 2013 2:05 AM GMT


    Really sad video that reflects the reality of society today. What do people think? Is too much technology on our phones ruining our basic human interactions, simple things and happiness?
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    Aug 27, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    Yes.
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    Aug 27, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    gta5iscomingin20days saidwell... sucks for you guys that own smart phones. still stuck in 2006. icon_sad.gif


    i almost envy you.
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    Aug 27, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    I have no doubt in my mind that my iPhone's changed the way I live.

    Pluses:
    - I never get lost driving (save gas $ too!)
    - I'm always aware of my financial accounts & bills
    - I have a million notes I can pull out within seconds
    - My memories usually have digital evidence

    and I could go on of course, but then I would miss the negatives...

    Negatives:
    - It's easier to pull out my phone during an awkward moment than deal with the moment
    - I forget things I didn't write down
    - I lost sight of my surroundings if I'm just texting and whatnot
    - No one likes calling anymore! It's considered an annoyance... I like it
    - Always gotta worry about having a charger

    Maybe it's made me more distracted sometimes. But I also put my phone away when I have dinner with people, I don't take my phone with me to exercise, and I try to stay mindful of not letting it completely control my life.

    My happiness hasn't changed.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 27, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    I not only do not have a smart phone, I don't have a cell phone OR a land line.

    Try to fathom THAT!
  • tazzari

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    Aug 27, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    MikeW saidI not only do not have a smart phone, I don't have a cell phone OR a land line.

    Try to fathom THAT!


    Sounds to me as if you have the right idea!

    Nothing can "ruin your life" if you don't let it.
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    Aug 27, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    I have a smart phone, but I am not addicted to it. The only apps I primarily use are email, reading material, notes, and news.
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    Aug 27, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    We are lonelier than ever for sure. Thanks to smartphones your friends become more distant while your boss closer.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 27, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    My answer is NO. I have no intention to buy one. I'm not very important and do not have to be available 24 / 7, nor do I want to be.

    I often hear important people talking on their smart phones. The conversations must be important, but to an unsophisticated and unimportant person like me, they sound like trivia. Maybe that's because they are talking in code so that people around them will not understand what they are really saying.

    After a few more generations of smart phones, they will be implanted into the owner's brains so that the owners will never have to suffer the trauma of being without them.
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    Aug 27, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    somersault saidthe scarey thing is that "they" can turn it on remotely, listen in and track you


    Right. And the owners get secret messages from extra-terrestrials telling them what to do. Psychiatrists think that the voices are the result of schizophrenia and prescribe thorozine.
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    Sad video indeed, especially the little girl at the playground who was more interested in her phone. Regardless of what technology being used (phone, TV, computer, etc), those mediums can only harm human interactions if YOU LET THEM!

    Know when to put the phone down. It's not that hard!
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:23 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    somersault saidthe scarey thing is that "they" can turn it on remotely, listen in and track you


    Right. And the owners get secret messages from extra-terrestrials telling them what to do. Psychiatrists think that the voices are the result of schizophrenia and prescribe thorozine.



    Ummm......what he said is a FACT. The only way you can stop them is by removing the battery.
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    They've only enabled people's vanity, narcissism, and fear of anonymity. I can't count the number of people I've seen people wandering around like zombies enraptured by a tiny screen, and yes, many is the time I've passed a restaurant and seen a guy or girl sitting quietly and dejectedly as their dates and/or friends can't manage to go a the length of a single meal without diverting their attention away to their phones.

    A very prophetic book about a schoolteacher who must intervene to save a girl from withdrawing completely into the curious box that holds all her dreams.

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    Aug 27, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    MikeW saidI not only do not have a smart phone, I don't have a cell phone OR a land line.

    Try to fathom THAT!

    OMG!, That's the best!
    My sister always complains on me that I'm addicted to my phone! but when I try to talk to her...all she speaks about is beauty, shopping, gossips, etc.
    That's a lot worse, isn't it?
    I usually avoid using my smartphone outside unless it's absolute necessary...
    I think, sometimes it's the society that pushes us to this, what do you think?
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    This guy needs his iPhone! Even when I'm deployed in a third world country I still have an iPhone with me at all times...gotta stay connected hehe
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    It's not the phone per se, it's what one does with the phone. Interactive maps, music sharing, quick googling, face-time with distant relatives, etc. = Good.

    Grindr in a crowded club, checking mail incessantly like you're Obama, constantly updating every social media site out there like you're Kim Kardashian = nonsense.

  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 27, 2013 11:18 AM GMT
    MikeW saidI not only do not have a smart phone, I don't have a cell phone OR a land line.

    Try to fathom THAT!


    Difficult as even I have a landline!

    Like all technology, it`s a mixed blessing.
  • ASHDOD

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    Aug 27, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    no smartphone yet, but about to be giving up and get one, its getting hard being behind with the advantages i see others get from it.
    but
    the damages are visible,in the gym, while driving, parents and children dont looking at each other in some cases.
    its one of thouse inventions that maybe it was better it wasent invented from the begining,but now that its here, you can''t go back.
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    Aug 27, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    I have this phone.
    I never get frustrated or stressed with things not working.
    It never breaks down.
    I don't act like an antisocial zombie when I'm with friends.
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  • outbackdude

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    Aug 27, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Yes smart phones are legal drugs.
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    Aug 27, 2013 1:36 PM GMT
    I think it's important to set boundaries with cell phones. These are the ones I have set for myself:

    • In my business, if someone walks in on a cell phone, we ask them to please take their call outside.
    • When I'm out to dinner with someone, my phone gets turned off (not to silence, but OFF.)
    • If I'm with someone and my phone rings, I ask the person if they mind if I take the call and explain why I need to answer it. I never just answer my phone if I'm in the company of someone else.
    • I limit texts to simple one or two sentence conversations. If you send me a long winded text, I'm going to just call you. I'm not going to look like a retarded zombie walking down the street texting an entire conversation when I can just push one button and talk to you like a human being.
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    Aug 27, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    No. I treat my smartphone like I have cell phones since 1990. I rarely give out the number and when I do let them know I don't often check messages or text, use it for outgoing calls only, and shut either the ringer of the phone itself entirely off if I'm with anyone else. Only now I enjoy the convenience of googling directions and phone numbers, having entertainment in waiting rooms and on public transport, and not having to carry a camera around. I treat it as a tool, not an integral part of my life. I don't live for my smartphone; my smartphone works for me.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 27, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    It makes using public transport a lot easier. Oh and I love Grindr as well, and my Real Racing 3 game.
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    Aug 27, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    teufelherr saidWe are lonelier than ever for sure. Thanks to smartphones your friends become more distant while your boss closer.