They're really useful. Other than the obvious calling: I can read books on it, I can use it as a flashlight, I can see the time and the weather, I can plan my schedules there and shitload of other things to do.
It's incredibly useful. Sure, the teenagers who use instagram are cancer, but that's them. I don't do that kind of shit on my phone.
>>32753110 >Sucker punch them and rifle through their pockets >they have been looking at their phone and don't know what you look like >they're dazed and confused and will regain full consciousness in 5 minutes >help them up and say you saw some black guy run around the corner
>>32749789 A nice enough thing, wish more hand physical buttons though. Don't use it for purposes outside of various forms of direct communication though. (so only instant messaging, e-mail, calling, etc.)
One of the greatest technological achievements of humanity.
If you would tell to someone 20 or 30 years ago that everyone would basically have a device that contains almost all knowledge available to humans, able to connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime, as well as being able to make high resolution photos, being able to monitor body functions, be a flashlight and thousands of other things, they would call you crazy.
>>32752879 pretty much, but my computer doesn't track everywhere I physically go and log the times and places of where I have been to be stored on Jewgle or ATTs servers for the government to access at their leisure.
Semi useful gadgets, that most people just use for inane social bullshit or time wasting. I have one, but I basically just use it for calls, messages, browsing the internet, and it's camera functions.
Unfortunately for many people, especially young ones, such devices can easily become nearly the sole focus of their lives. I saw it happen when I was living at my aunt's place, and my 10 and 9 year old cousins were allowed to buy some 100 euro Samsung phones. Before getting those, they used to play a lot with each other and generally figure out things to do, but after having them, they started spending their free time almost solely playing on their phones. There were also loads of arguments over them, both between the girls, and their parents. In addition, one of them apparently had used her phone to search for porn, which I was quite disturbed to hear about.
In short, what I am trying to say here, via my personal anecdotes, is that a smartphone isn't a thing you should give to little kids, and if you do, you should supervise the shit out of it's use.
>>32753110 >Stop dead in your tracks. >Stand there. >Wait to see if they walk into you. >When they do they normally say some selfish shit like " Watch it asshole" >Smack the fucking phone out of their hands. >If they try to do anything punch the shit out of them.
Ive already done this, some college douche bag bumped into me and his first instinct was to shove the shit out of me saying " watch it fuckface" Luckily for me that entitled me to go full on streetfighter2turboworldchampionsedition because he assaulted me in doing so.
Socked his face full on with my ring on and tore a hole in his face around his mouth area, knocked him the hell out.
After the cops got there and all that shit they asked what happened and I explained, and he tried to refute it to which I said "Check his phone, he was texting or something" and sure enough he was in the middle of sexting his fucking girlfriend.
>Some dumb bitches face when she bumped into me doing something similar and tried to pull the good o "U TRYIN 2 RAPE ME?" card right as I slapped her fucking phone from her hand breaking it.
Its so great, just stand there and watch their eyes bug out.
Go on try it, go get a camera even and record it, they just walk right the fuck into you.
>>32749789 I do not own one, but I will readily admit that, when used properly, it allows the poor to communicate efficiently while allowing them to broaden their knowledge via the world wide web.
That's not how they are being used, however. They are being used as a 24/7 distraction, and anybody can afford to buy all the things that a smartphone was meant to eliminate (a laptop, an e-inked e-book, a TV, a PS3, internet service, a dumb phone) will find that the Smartphone is the Jack of All Trades, Master of None. They tolerate it because they are somewhat convenient at providing distractions.
Again, when used responsibly, I have no problems with them. Unfortunately, the only people who use them responsibly are the people that hate them, but continue to use them for their job.
>>32753162 >*bump shoulders* >w..wuh.. watch where you're g-going >"What?" >i s-said....WATCH... *defecates himself* >"Did you shit yourself?" *takes photos with 6.5 MP samsung camera, posts to facebook instantly* >9,000 comments within 10 minutes >everyone points and laughs at you while you're trying to scurry home with soiled trousers >"Omg, stacey, look! it's that weird creep who shat his pants after he tried to rub up on Josh" >"haha wow, he's such a fucking loserrr"
>>32753517 I have a dumb phone. I bought it for 65 dollars brand new. It is military certified (including water-proofed), so I know it is much less likely to break. My plan costs 15 dollars per month, gives me 350 minutes per month, unlimited texting, and 50mb of data (just enough to download any picture messages).
If, for some reason, I know I am going somewhere where I may want a distraction (which is twice per year at most), I will bring my PS Vita.
However, my internet connection at my house costs 30 dollars per month. I can't really fault the poor for trying to get all of their entertainment on one device, for one low monthly price (presuming they use Straight Talk)..
>>32753796 I hope you enjoy bubonic plague then, fgt. People will always be stupid. Those who were once festering in their own shit are now given personal ADHD devices that will keep them occupied. At least now they're cleaner.
>>32753641 Does it matter that I actually owned a smart phone for a month, hated it, and returned it for a refund?
I found it extremely inefficient for anything I wished to do when compared to my Playstation Vita. I'm not saying iPhones and Androids can't do more than the Vita; they can. Its just the things they do aren't anything I'm interested in, or are more efficient to do on my laptop.
Texting was an absolute chore compared to dumbphones, call quality sucked compared to my dumbphone, which was 4 years older, and surfing the web was much slower than my laptop, or even my Vita, could provide.
Add to the fact that my new phone is much more durable, and that it cut my phone bill in half, and I found it a no-brainer.
I haven't had a cellphone in 2 years. Use textem.net app Have housephone.
The only time it really bothers me is when I make plans to meet someone, show up and they aren't there at specified time. Pay-phones are mostly broken/ nonexistent in my city. Most businesses will allow you to use their phones though.
All & all I'm not addicted to my smartphone & have one less bill to pay. (45-85 $ saved). Also makes wearing watches practical again and requires you to have the mental capacity to remember phone numbers (helps weed out insignificant relationships)
Only losers act like modern mobile phones are useless
I get pussy from tinder, okc and plentyoffish regularly. Don't have time to sit on the internet at home, and other hobbies, as well as friends, eat up my time after work.
So I take out my phone a couple of times throughout the work day. takes only a minute to browse through all the messages I get, pick the hottest few girls and set up a meeting on the weekend. my profile and pics speak for themselves. some of them flake out, but I hardly ever not have fuck dates with 2 different girls on friday and saturday night.
helps to not be a fat shit with poor social skills, but I'll admit that I'm more genetically blessed than most.
>>32753427 Trying to bait a harmless incident into a physical altercation. Small penis much OP? Feels good punching a 14 year old who has more friends than you? You're no better than ZimZam baiting Trayvon (he didnt do nuffin).. just to overkill. You'll wind up alone just like him. >projecting projecting etc
Similar story here, got a near indestructible phone with a cheap SIM plan for calls/texts- the only shit that matters. I don't need to use the internet when I'm not at home on my computer. I don't need to pray game in the street or any other shit.
If I need to text in the street, I can touch-type thanks to magical mechanical buttons instead of gawping at a finger phone.
Since I don't use social media, I'm not glued to mine every waking moment of my day but rather when I'm making calls, sending texts or playing games.
They've become more of a distration rather than a tool. While not inherently good/bad, they are being used badly because their operators are mouthbreathers who simply don't want to exist outside of social media. I'm amazed more car related fatalities don't happen, they do not pay attention to the fucking traffic.
>>32754078 >I get pussy from tinder, okc, and plentyoffish regularly. God, that sounds pathetic. I'm glad I was born early enough not to have to rely on that.
>Don't have time to sit on the internet at home, and other hobbies, as well as friends, eat up my time after work Yeah, I have a social life, too. I guess I'm missing the point. If you're so busy with hobbies and friends, how do you find the time to chat someone up on OKC using a shitty touchscreen (as even the best touchscreens in the world are inefficient as hell compared to a mechanical keyboard).
>So I take out my phone a couple of times throughout the work day, takes only a minute to browse through all the messages I get Stopping you there. If you mean email, I check that once a day, at home, and if you aren't a stock broker, CEO, or a lawyer, that's all you need to check it.
>pick the hottest few girls and set up a meeting on the weekend OKC girls that message out are statistically desperate as hell, and usually have children/diseases. Congrats, you are a bottom feeder.
I could keep going, but it's just you sucking your own dick.
Smartphones have changed society way more than PCs. It used to be when you left home you were no longer connected to the internet. Now it's with you wherever you go. It has also changed the need for notepads, cameras and phones in general. The last time I saw a pay phone was when I was in jail. Fuck smartphones. They've turned people into zombies. Is there anything more annoying than trying to enjoy an event and people are staring at their phones? The last concert I attended throughout the entirety of the show people were having their phones in the air recording the performance. It's as if people don't even know how to enjoy themselves anymore.
>>32754371 >have to rely on that. I'm not going to put in any significant effort just to get some easy pussy. I could spend entire evenings going to places just for the possibility of being around available females, but now they can just look at my pics and get in touch with me at any time.
> If you're so busy with hobbies and friends, how do you find the time to chat someone up on OKC using a shitty touchscreen hardly any chatting up now. I get a message, say some formulaic shit to indicate that I'm only interested in a casual fling, and let them decide if they're dtf. if yes, I meet them "for coffee", and take them home for drinks afterwards
I will admit the touch screen keyboard is annoying, but it's a small hindrance
>Stopping you there. If you mean email there's apps for all the sites I mentioned. they work just like text messages, you get an alert when you have a new message. my phone is on silent, so I look at it occasionally when I have time to respond to messages
>OKC girls that message out are statistically desperate as hell, and usually have children/diseases I get those, never reply to them. only pick out the college aged girls. most of them moved here for uni and want someone to "show them around".
sorry that attractive girls don't message you. please don't take it out on me
>>32754697 >Sorry that attractive girls don't message you. I'm not. I'm happily married, and have been for 4 years now. I don't know when all these dating apps came out, but I was dating my wife before smartphones hit the world with any real impact.
>Fuck smartphones. They've turned people into zombies. Is there anything more annoying than trying to enjoy an event and people are staring at their phones? The last concert I attended throughout the entirety of the show people were having their phones in the air recording the performance. It's as if people don't even know how to enjoy themselves anymore.
I have noticed people just aren't "in the moment" anymore. They're already thinking about it as a past event to be recorded and logged. They're already thinking about the comments and such on their webzone in the near future. If I take a woman on a date and she takes a photo of the food (the fuck is that anyway) it's a fucking huge turnoff. Leave the phone alone and exist in the present.
>>32753534 People with the newspaper back then aren't actually interested in the contents so much as they are doing the same thing people with smartphones are doing today, which is blocking out the outside world and avoiding being social.
The radiowaves those things send and receive are immens. After half an hour of browsing, besides getting really hot, my hand numbs down and starts to itch like carbonated water was running through my hand.
Phones are fine and useful. They're only bad if you're ignoring things you shouldn't. Like having dinner with your daughter or seeing your mom after a couple years. If you eat out with someone everyday, who cares if you check your phone while eating. If you had anything to say you would've said it.
>>32755315 I feel like you are trying to bait. I have figured out how to use touchscreen buttons, but that doesn't mean they are my preference. I can also eat frozen yogurt, but that doesn't mean I don't prefer home made ice cream.
>>32754549 I've noticed how they've made people, especially women, socially inept. Their mental default mode in a way seems stuck in the text form and they have problems adjusting to a conversation.. the tempo, where to look, convey a facial expression. Saddest thing when you realize they rely on their crutch tool as displacement activity in the hopes of coming off as bored instead of a bad conversation partner.
Portable mini computers that allow you to read books or play vidya while on the road, nothing wrong with that.
Turning these into tracking devices that can listen in on conversations even when turned off, can pinpoint your location and allow big brother to create extensive movement and social profiles of yourself though...
We cannot allow this kind of technology if the price we pay for it is totalitarian slavery
>>32755736 physical conditioning. Army, firefighters etc all do exercise with their gear on, because they need to adjust to the weight and akwardness. That is until they discover the location of the nearest krispy kreme, then never again.
>>32755693 No, it just means he was more likely to be correct than some queer on 4chan that's butthurt about not having anyone to text. Which is what this all really comes down to. People who complain about smartphones are the people with 4 friends on facebook, and no one that texts them. Real shit.
>It's supremely autistic to complain about other people enjoying things in a different way.
Do you live in a shame free liberal bubble or something? I can and will judge you for being a shit.
>And kind of hilarious to think you're so deep and more human if you don't use modern technology. >But we're on 4chan, the home of autism I guess, so what was I expecting.
Ah, autism rears its ugly hea again. It's almost as if you have no argument.
I don't care if people photograph a sunset. The only thing a sunset offers is a view, of course you'd photograph it. My post referred to enjoying a meal with someone and having them pull out their phone to photograph the delish food. I don't want every intimate moment of my life documented on the internet. Sorry if this is too autismally edgetheistic for you to understand.
>Do you live in a shame free liberal bubble or something? I can and will judge you for being a shit.
No, I just can't stand people that think they're 'enjoying' something 'the right way', and people that like to think themselves superior because they complain about tiny things and 'the state of society'. You aren't judging someone for being a shit, you're judging someone for not complying to your autistic standards, which means no use of modern technology at certain moments apparently.
If you would be complaining about someone literally being on his phone the whole time I would get it. But that never happens. Not 'every intimate moment of your life is documented'. No-one does that. Complaining about someone taking their phone out to use 2 secs take a photo of a dish that may be beautifully arranged IS pointless nit-picking, or 'autistic' in the 4chan way.
The whole 'omg no phones during dinner, it ruins the moment' is idiocy. If you can't carry an interesting conversation, maybe people will look at their phone, but even then the vast majority have the decency to not do it the whole time.
I grow concerned with the effect the tech has on the kids. If you have children you know they just fucking love repitition, you will also know they like youtube. They will watch complete shit by some faggot not once, not twice but all fucking days worth. Each time the advert plays.
I've noticed a distinct decline in general problem solving skills and creativity, these kids need some lego. You fucking know I have lego at my house.
>>32755613 >It's supremely autistic to complain about other people enjoying things in a different way.
Are they really enjoying it on a subconscious level though? Seems to me that posting excessive amounts of pictures on social media are a form of seeking validation. Being able to show you 'experienced' something is even more important than the experience itself.
>>32754900 >>32754925 Not that guy but with buttons (after you get the feel for a keyboard) you can text without looking at the keyboard, and you know if your finger missed the button you meant to press.
Sounds and vibrations don't fill in for that, it only lets you know you pressed something. Hence why you have people staring at their phones waiting for the highlight then moving to the next button. while a physical button you know you hit "A" and not "S" without waiting for it to put it up on screen, Not to mention the lag while typing.
>>32749789 Same as the internet, it is a tool. If you can put it to a productive use, it is great. When it stops being a means to an end and becomes an end unto itself, consuming your life in the process, it is a problem.
This being /pol/ though, I'm probably in the minority and they are actually a conspiracy by the jews to get white women to fuck niggers or something...
That isn't defending yourself. It's bullying. You are simply predating on idiots to fulfill your own pitiful need to prove your wretched manhood.
I realise you are just talking tough on the internet, but if not, we can rest assured that one day you'll slap a phone out of someone's hand who will then proceed to wreck you so hard you'll be jumping at your shadow while eating out of a straw in a wheelchair for the rest of your life.
I spent my money of a sweet PC gaming tower. Why the fuck would I waste $300 when that can be my video card or whatever. The only use I would have for a smart phone would be to read on the bus. But you know that what books are for, I get lots of classics from thrift stores. I have a huge literary collection I got for 25 cents each.
>>32749789 Smart phones are great tools, provided that you use them correctly. Apart from "dumb" phone duties (Calls, texts, contacts, calendar), I use my phone for GPS when I'm lost, internet banking, finding public transport, portable alarm-clock and as remote for some home automation.
Smartphones only get shitty when you have your head in it all the time and use it to facebook twitter and snapchat and such shit.
>>32753670 The reading comprehension is weak with this one. The guy shoved him after bumping into him, OP never said he smacked the first guys phone. The guy shoved him so he hit back. The phone was intact for the cops to check. The girl he smacked the phone away from because he couldnt really hit her without having an army of white knights descend from every corner of the city to say "SIR SIR! WHY U HIT HER?!" and try to kick his ass.
It allows people to maintain sudofriendhips with people that now live in different cities. Instead of meeting new people, you just txt and call and send photos to relationships that should be on the back burner. Those relationships are not fullfilling, supporting in the way normal ones would be. Most of the people I know don't even know any good jokes to entertain eachother with because Internet is easier for laughs. Btw, when you tell a joke you get a different feeling then when you just hear one told. You can only hear them on the Internet. TV's pretty much disroyed family land neighborhood life. Instead of inviting nighbors over to socialize, forming bonds for support, discussing politics of the day, etc, most days families watch tvs alone, because the entertainment is easier. Instead of two couches facing eachother for talking, you have one couch facing the wall with the TV. This made people dumber, less ingaged. I hate to sound like a tool, but TV is sort of like a drug, makes feeling good easy without learning anything. . But at least you still had to go to work and supermarket, etc. . Now the smartphone is doing what the TV did except for everywhere. . You have easy spoon fed info-tainmeant. You have validation from friends living 3 states away, you have music, shows, Internet to talk to. It feels real, your brain is satisfied. But it's not real, and your brain is dying. You have a tounge for a reason, don't just use your ears and eyes
>>32753427 I've done this several times. Thou I usually try to keep walking, and move around them a little. They still don't do thier part of the sidewalk shuffle and ram right into me. Everytime. I don't fight them thou. Just scream at them like they are children. I admit it is really passive aggressive thou
>>32761260 Everyone is overweight and underdressed in the picture on the right. Not to mention what they are probably doing on those phones, and the ones with their earbuds in are even worse as the ones without (and those in the left pic) can still strike up a conversation if need be or hear someone trying to strike one up with them rather.
>>32756024 I can't stand that shit. I remember when people texted just to tell them that they're on the way or something small like that.
My ex girlfriend was always fucking texting me having these fucking huge conversations. One day I said why don't we call each other and she said "yeah, I never call anyone anymore" so I called her one night had a fucking 2 hour conversation, great. Much better than texting.
Fucking annoying cunt starts texting me again the next day even though talking was SO much better. Fucking women.
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