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Old 05-04-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Look up.

This was posted in the Powerful Pics Thread, but I think it deserves more attention.

I'm just as guilty as anyone of being too attached to technology, but these days I'm forcing myself to be aware of how much I'm on my phone, Facebook, and even this forum.

I'm one of the last generations who remembers what it was like to call a friend's house and have to speak to their mom first. I played a lot of video games, but the games were short, or got boring. It was more fun to play outside. And we would get home when we did, no one checking in. We would play roller hockey and my friend's dad would pull up his Jeep and leave the lights on so we could play when it got dark...like a goddamn Canadian Tire commercial. And it didn't occur to me to share about this moment to anyone who wasn't around me with a stick in hand.

We hear it all the time these days, complaints about being on our phones too much; and just like a news feed, or web forum, we scroll down and move past and ignore.

I for one, will be looking up.

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I recently did a road trip thru the States, and stopped in Sedona, AZ. Arizona has a "dark sky" law that the city lights cannot spill into the sky, therefore you can enjoy a clear starry night almost everywhere. My mother and I did a stargazing tour on a perfect clear night, and all we had was an astronomer, a big manual telescope and a laser pointer to point out constellations. My god what an experience. I recommend it to everyone.
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We really need this stupid video to make us realize that we're all self obsessed dicks that don't know how to communicate in real life anymore?
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I am totally guilty. Always on my phone. That's why I try and get walks in and go camping. I remember the days of "hi misses lee, is Samantha home"
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I don't see why this is a problem. The phone is there when you have nothing to do, or have a few minutes to spare. Other than that, when one is with others, or is doing something, the phone takes a back seat.
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never leaving my phone at home
like alright, i get what you're trying to say... but it's a little bombastic
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I watched this video on my smartphone.
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And people ask me why I have a 4x4 and why I like to go offroading. Because I fucking hate being in the city for the most part, it's something special to get out away from everyone and anything.
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I don't see why this is a problem. The phone is there when you have nothing to do, or have a few minutes to spare. Other than that, when one is with others, or is doing something, the phone takes a back seat.
Because there are people that is on their cellphones when they shouldn't be.

I've seen kids on their cellphone/tablet at family dinners. I've seen some friends on their cellphones while out at a gathering, their attention is just not there.

With that said, we are all victim and guilty of this, but we as human beings, realize that these devices serves us more good than bad. It is those that can't distinguish between reality and the virtual world, that has a problem.
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one thing i noticed recently is that back in high school i would talk with random people on the street and in high school i would chat with people who were considered losers, just to be nice, and in recent days i've been friended on facebook by some of these ppl that i spoke with (i didn't even remember some of them) and they would tell me how happy they were to find me on fb and how special to them our chats were

i was really taken aback that such a simple act had such an affect...anyway it got me to reflect on how i am these days, where outside of work i just have the "fuck off" look on my face and spoke with no one... i realized i needed to change...to be me again i guess you could say

so i've begun trying to act like i used to and i have to say its a bit awkward but im getting there... i had one instance where i'm taking a class with one of my cousins and i just started chatting with random classmates and my cousin was like "wtf is wrong with you?! you wanna hit dat?!" and i realized wow! i must have really changed in recent years for him to have such a reaction, he still doesn't believe that i'm just trying to be nice and be more social...

anyway rambling over! nice msg but video sucks
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Ending ruined the video for me. Once you bring a significant other into the picture the entire technology game changes. People use technology differently when they have someone in their life.

It would be more realistic if they were emphasizing new experiences or new friends. The thought of I met someone off the street, fell in love, and got married is too fairytale in my opinion.

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I don't see why this is a problem. The phone is there when you have nothing to do, or have a few minutes to spare. Other than that, when one is with others, or is doing something, the phone takes a back seat.
I would agree with this except by looking and staring at the phone during the 'spare time' and when you have 'nothing to do', you are closing any opportunities for other people to strike up a conversation with you as well.
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I don't see why this is a problem. The phone is there when you have nothing to do, or have a few minutes to spare. Other than that, when one is with others, or is doing something, the phone takes a back seat.
If you don't have a problem being on your phone too much then that's great; but you must acknowledge that a large number of people get too attached to it. To say "I don't see this as a problem" is to be blind to a serious issue in modern culture. Obviously, the phone should take a back seat at social functions, but the whole point is that by and by large it doesn't.

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Ending ruined the video for me. Once you bring a significant other into the picture the entire technology game changes. People use technology differently when they have someone in their life.

It would be more realistic if they were emphasizing new experiences or new friends. The thought of I met someone off the street, fell in love, and got married is too fairytale in my opinion.
I don't really understand your first point; what does the use of technology have to with having a significant other?

For me, the end of the video is showing an example of what you can miss, when you're sucked into your phone. I've made good friends and companions randomly in one afternoon by going out and putting myself out there. There's absolutely no reason why you couldn't marry someone you met off the street.
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There is nothing more pathetic than seeing a couple out for dinner and seeing them never put down their phones. What a miserable existence. I'd be lying if I said I never looked at my phone when I was at a table, but its not to carry on a text conversation, or browse the internet. If I cant enjoy the company I'm with enough to keep my phone in my pocket for 59 minutes out of an hour, I won't bother being there. I saw some fuck watching a movie on his ipad while out with his wife the other day. I'm talking like, volume on, no headphones in the middle of a restaurant while his wife stared at the wall.
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There is nothing more pathetic than seeing a couple out for dinner and seeing them never put down their phones. What a miserable existence. I'd be lying if I said I never looked at my phone when I was at a table, but its not to carry on a text conversation, or browse the internet. If I cant enjoy the company I'm with enough to keep my phone in my pocket for 59 minutes out of an hour, I won't bother being there. I saw some fuck watching a movie on his ipad while out with his wife the other day. I'm talking like, volume on, no headphones in the middle of a restaurant while his wife stared at the wall.
Saw a family at the Boathouse where the daughter did this at the table, mind you with headphones in... Absolutely pathetic. Many disgusted stares were sent their way.
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People nowadays are just zombie lemmings that follow every trend like it was attached to fishing line. Hell, I didn't even know what flappy bird was until I saw it on RS.

At one end of the spectrum you have the cell companies who promote the living shitlights out of the latest phone / plan / family plan and what do you typically see in these commercials? Lazy ass parents who are more than happy to fork dollars over as long as it keeps their kids happy (who are texting at the other end of the house). You MIGHT see the odd clip of them together in a room watching netflix.

I still remember the old days of board games, card games, lite brite, those circuit track race kits.

When you got bored of the indoors, you went outdoors to hang out in the nearby woods, climb trees and just have fun. There was no constant fear of being randomly kidnapped and raped. And we wonder why some parks are so desolate now?

When I was getting into video games, I remember hearing the reports about how too much video games will fuck up your eyes. The bright lights, fast moving pictures are only best taken in moderation. Why subject a growing body to things that would hinder healthy development.

So why the fuck do I see 8 month old kids playing with IPADS with contrast so high, it fucks up MY eyes?

At the other end of the spectrum you have self-entitlement. People 'in the zone' with their phone feel that nothing else should matter because they are taking care of important shit on their phone like texting the random fuck who friended them on FB or the latest 'tip of the week' from the Bieber fan club.

It's fucking ridiculous how much stupid I see with people using their phones. My favourite part of the video was when he said how speaking on the train who label you as crazy. Not many want to converse with strangers in the real anymore and that is terrifying. If a major accident were to happen, who would run to help and who would do absolutely nothing but hit the record button and tweet about it?

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I think as with any technology, humans can either extract the utmost strengths from it. And vice versa, abuse it and degrade themselves.

I agree with the sentiment that its nice to get out of the city once in a while.

It really gives you perspective on life as a whole. Remember that technology is supposed to advance the human race

and yes, it saddens me when I see people going out and paying more attention to their phones rather than who they are out with. no manners, no social etiquette, and you are probably a boring person to begin with. If i do need to fire off an urgent text, ill at least acknowledge the fact with the other person and usually say sorry.
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lol those were not pathetic enough la, here a better one:

i was out with my dad to an expensive bar in guangzhou once, then a couple came & sat next to the table next to us

dudes a little fat & the girl looked like your average mainlander girl from richmond (pretty with make up....but not sure whats behind that lol), order average expensive champagne & then the 2.......................rarely talks...................dude just starts playing mj on his iphone............while i cant see what the girl was doing but they just wasted a shit load of money doing something that they could have done at home or else where lol
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But other than that I have seen every car on display in DTP just by cruising about in Richmond, thank you very much for collecting them together and get someone to sing a cover for "fuck you".

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Over the top exaggerated cringey poetic video imo.

I use social media pretty efficiently and it leads to meeting up with people. I even used my phone at Armin yesterday but I still had a ton of fun and created memories with my friends and saved in my brain and phone.

I can't believe we have become a generation where people need to agree with a video about being anti-social to feel like they are social. oh snap. *cringe.

Most of you who commented in this thread agreeing with the video are probably not even that bad. It may seem like a problem because every group of people probably has that one or two people with the problem but its probably a vocal minority thing that stands out. IME the majority of people in public don't have a problem. Maybe it was because I was younger when i didnt have a smartphone but i go out more nowadays then the days of having to call someone's house.

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and this quoted post itself is a form of anti-socialistic behavior. What does the condescending group staring achieve? For the family: nothing. For the starers: sense of betterment, ego boost, hipster.

As the video said, why not share your moment with the one instead of using that moment to talk about strangers...
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Maybe it's because I have been using a smartphone for well over a decade now, or just because I am old, but I never pay much attention to it when in social situations. Even when a lot of people around me are.. I just don't see the point. For me, all that social stuff is a supplement to normal life. Filler for down time, like when I first wake up, taking a dump, or on transit. I don't see much point in paying attention to it otherwise.

Also RS > Facebook

I don't know how bad it is in Canada, but it is REEEEEEEEALLY bad here. Entire groups of friends, each on their phone, completely ignoring each other. Couples dining out, each on their phone, ignoring each other. It just seems pointless to me

That being said, i have seen this video posted a million times now, but haven't watched it yet
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i duno about u but.chinese ppl use social media a lot to do business, alot of times i have to check for updates from others
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But other than that I have seen every car on display in DTP just by cruising about in Richmond, thank you very much for collecting them together and get someone to sing a cover for "fuck you".

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That being said, i have seen this video posted a million times now, but haven't watched it yet
Its really cringeworthy, but its message is very right.
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I got a minute in and got annoyed by this over the top, pointless video. The people who will get it don't need it and the people who need it are clueless anyways.
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