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    There is this very disturbing trend in the German speaking world of "smartphone gawpers" of late.

    Meaning: there is an accident, and people, instead of helping, stand around and in the way, film the accident, the firemen, the paramedics and post this immediatley on their friggin social media channels. There have been cases reported where people were cheering on suicidal persons to jump off buildings in order for them to have "a good movie".

    Sometimes it just feels being a misanthrope is just the accurate approach.

    You had such cunts in the 90s already (I remember one personally as a teen filming the firemen helping people during a flood in my area using his video cam) but since everyone got a smartphone this has become a widespread unpleasent phenomenon.

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    Society of the spectacle etc - I saw a similar thing in Croydon recently with an apartment fire. Huge crowd thronged outside with smartphones. I guess people have always enjoyed gawping at an accident/misfortune though, so the phone is just an extension of that.

    I generally don't understand the need to take phone video of everything, unless there's something absolutely unrepeatable happening and it will translate well to amateur video - most smartphone captured pieces are abysmal quality and weren't worth the bother.

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    from a couple of years back...

    Selfies at site of East Village raise online furor over vanity shots near spot where gas explosion left 2 missing, 25 injured

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.2166052

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    tasty bit of apartment fire footage for the group chat

    why not?
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    broke my smart phone at the very end of last year so i had to make do with a brick phone till recently

    everything from the commute to work (no music), courtship with women (pre-relations ), socialising with friends and staying on top of music was effected

    bottom line is (shocker) the internet is hella important and without it life as we know it would cease to exist
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    ftr it was credit rating problems and ridiculous smart phone prices that stopped me from copping a S7

    i now have a comfy one plus 3
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    Are there thinkpieces about how checking the pocketwatch doomed humanity? Stupid thing really, who cares about the time all the time? You don't have anywhere to be.

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    i had problems last week with my iPhone camera (wouldn't focus), so took it in to the WTC apple store genius bar. it was still under warranty, so they offered to replace the camera for free. i brought it in at 1:30 pm, they said it would be ready at around 3:00 pm, so i was forced to wander the streets of nyc (financial district) and kill time without a smart phone.

    it was a weirdly enjoyable experience, albeit an anxiety ridden one. it feels so odd at this point to be totally disconnected from the world: couldn't listen to music, breaking news didn't matter, emails/texts/calls didn't matter, social fucking media didn't matter, and i had to continually estimate how much time had passed.

    one of the best experiences was in determining who, when and how often to ask complete strangers what time it was. i found myself debating who to ask...should i consult a younger or older person? a business man on the sidewalk or a bored security guard in a store? regardless, most of them seemed a bit leery, as if i was attempting to engage them in some sort of scam because who in their right mind doesn't have a smart phone nowadays, right? what a weird fucking few hours in the afternoon.
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    top tip - withdraw some money and the receipt will tell you the time

    I try to leave my phone at home occasionally just to experience that 1998 feeling all over again. It is liberating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    it feels so odd at this point to be totally disconnected from the world
    Funny I think those constantly staring at their phones are the ones disconnected from the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    Funny I think those constantly staring at their phones are the ones disconnected from the world.
    i get your point, they are disconnected from the world immediately around them. but surely being unable to communicate with others outside if your immediate surroundings and not having instant access to world news constitutes disconnection too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    top tip - withdraw some money and the receipt will tell you the time
    Back in the dark ages before cars got tft/lcd dashboards screens you could also have a look at the analog clocks of the traditional dashboards.
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    we go on to an annual 4-5 day beach holiday family reunion and often go entire days with the phone left on the bedroom side table, and it's really a great feeling. never need to be anywhere, so you go for a swim when you feel like it, lay on the beach a while, eat when you feel hungry, sleep when you get tired, wake up in the morning when you're no longer tired, etc.

    too bad it's impossible to survive that way (aka, earn a living) the other 51 weeks of the year.
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    Posted this in another thread: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...ration/534198/

    I got rid of my smartphone about two years ago, and I thoroughly recommend it. Only thing I miss is having a camera on me, but if I cared that much I'd buy a separate one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyL View Post
    Posted this in another thread: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...ration/534198/

    I got rid of my smartphone about two years ago, and I thoroughly recommend it. Only thing I miss is having a camera on me, but if I cared that much I'd buy a separate one.
    If it wasn't for message services like imessage or whatsapp I'd do it the same thing right away, it's just that I have quite some foreign contacts that I have regular contact with. Texting them over SMS would cost me a lot more. I wish they'd made a really simple telephone that would just allow you to use those services. I don't need anything else really.

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