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Re: Smart Phone Addiction.

Post by semperfiguy » March 14, 2019, 2:55 pm

SJP17 wrote:
March 14, 2019, 2:39 pm
parrot wrote:
March 14, 2019, 11:11 am
I walked out of Central a few days ago and did a double take....there was an elderly gentleman at one of the outdoor Starbucks tables.....reading a Bangkok Post. Funny, how back in the day of everyone with their nose stuck in a magazine/book/newspaper at the departure gates at an airport, no one criticized people for doing so. Not that I ever dared take a newspaper into a stall for a long read.
All this concern about smart phone addition will pass.....just as it did with long hair and bell-bottom jeans in the 60s and distressed jeans today (I can only imagine my parents' reaction to my going out with a pair of distressed jeans!).
I can understand the newspaper comparison but the smartphone is at a different level.

One of my work mates clocked 27 hours on his I Phone in a week, More than a day of screen time.

Some people are worse than others but i notice now when we do shift handovers at work people are on thier phones and now there seems to be power banks left charging incase they run out of battery and arent near a 240v socket.

One guy recently requested a USB charging point be added to the crane operators chair 😂
I can't for the life of me understand why any employer would allow their employees to spend time on their cell phones; and if they are being used against company rules, then that is the same as stealing because you are taking a wage from an employer and giving nothing back during those times. The same goes for students in a classroom. Why oh why are older people so afraid to discipline these little monsters?
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Re: Smart Phone Addiction.

Post by SJP17 » March 14, 2019, 4:47 pm

semperfiguy wrote:
March 14, 2019, 2:55 pm
SJP17 wrote:
March 14, 2019, 2:39 pm
parrot wrote:
March 14, 2019, 11:11 am
I walked out of Central a few days ago and did a double take....there was an elderly gentleman at one of the outdoor Starbucks tables.....reading a Bangkok Post. Funny, how back in the day of everyone with their nose stuck in a magazine/book/newspaper at the departure gates at an airport, no one criticized people for doing so. Not that I ever dared take a newspaper into a stall for a long read.
All this concern about smart phone addition will pass.....just as it did with long hair and bell-bottom jeans in the 60s and distressed jeans today (I can only imagine my parents' reaction to my going out with a pair of distressed jeans!).
I can understand the newspaper comparison but the smartphone is at a different level.

One of my work mates clocked 27 hours on his I Phone in a week, More than a day of screen time.

Some people are worse than others but i notice now when we do shift handovers at work people are on thier phones and now there seems to be power banks left charging incase they run out of battery and arent near a 240v socket.

One guy recently requested a USB charging point be added to the crane operators chair 😂
I can't for the life of me understand why any employer would allow their employees to spend time on their cell phones; and if they are being used against company rules, then that is the same as stealing because you are taking a wage from an employer and giving nothing back during those times. The same goes for students in a classroom. Why oh why are older people so afraid to discipline these little monsters?
Yes itll probably come in time , my employer is very laxed 25gb of wifi available with no password 24/7, it does'nt bother me that much but the problem is when something doesnt get done or goes unnoticed with the plant then the **** will hit the fan.

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Re: Smart Phone Addiction.

Post by parrot » March 14, 2019, 7:15 pm

I was reminded last night why I'm married to a smart phone. First, 23 years ago, when we arrived in Udon and set up one of the first expat (at least, American expat) internet accounts, I was surprised at how disconnected the Vietnam-era expats were from the computer age. A few were quick enough learners, but some were terrified of keyboards.
And so, 23 years ago, I told myself I would endeavor to stay in touch with rapidly changing technology. I've seen a few older guys fall off the side of the technology road in the last few years....failing eyesight, resistant to change from older and unstable versions of Windows, befuddled by smartphones, pining for good movies/music when they're both only a few clicks away. And then, last night, finding out that the rapidly advancing technology is putting our airlines at risk because they're too complex to fly. OGphu.

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Re: Smart Phone Addiction.

Post by SJP17 » March 14, 2019, 8:06 pm

parrot wrote:
March 14, 2019, 7:15 pm
I was reminded last night why I'm married to a smart phone. First, 23 years ago, when we arrived in Udon and set up one of the first expat (at least, American expat) internet accounts, I was surprised at how disconnected the Vietnam-era expats were from the computer age. A few were quick enough learners, but some were terrified of keyboards.
And so, 23 years ago, I told myself I would endeavor to stay in touch with rapidly changing technology. I've seen a few older guys fall off the side of the technology road in the last few years....failing eyesight, resistant to change from older and unstable versions of Windows, befuddled by smartphones, pining for good movies/music when they're both only a few clicks away. And then, last night, finding out that the rapidly advancing technology is putting our airlines at risk because they're too complex to fly. OGphu.
Essentially a smart phone is a mini pc, media player, its an all in one device.

You can still keep up to date with technology without one , really its just old tech repacked with instant connectivity.

If your happy with it then go for it.

For me its a lifestyle choice, ill still use the internet, ill still keep up to date, i just wont carry a mini pc with me all the time. I recently bought a new desktop and set up a small office room in my house for all my internet browsing, personal documents and files.

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