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Old 06-30-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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For background-- I'm not around young people very much, and haven't been since I left college decades ago. Trends come and go without my notice; I'm oblivious as they blow right by me. So I was puzzled by the following experience:

I visited WSU's art museum on campus in Pullman, Washington. I got on the elevator from the parking garage and was followed by three coeds (are they still called that?) wearing earbuds connected to cellphones that they were staring at. One gal was tapping on her phone's screen, the others were just staring silently. They all continued to look down at their phones, they never looked up or at each other, or at me. The elevator stopped at another floor and a fourth young woman got on. She was wearing earbuds and staring down at her phone. At this point I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. When I got off the elevator and went outside I saw that all of the girls and most of the guys were walking around campus doing the same thing. Some of the guys were on skateboards, which apparently requires too much balancing to also do the cellphone thing.

So-- what are they doing? What are they looking at? What are they listening to? I guess they are reading and sending text messages, but all the time, really? Someone please enlighten me.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:21 PM   #2
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I see this a lot. Many people young and old alike seem to tune out the real world via earbuds and their cell phone. Some people are listening to music, podcasts, videos. Some are texting or emailing. The brave ones are doing business on their phones. A typical smart phone today as something like several times the processing power than the computers that got us to the moon and back. It's truly amazing and scary at the same time. I use my cell phone to call folks, send the occasional text or email, map a location and note my appointments. And it is off when I'm driving. When I am on vacation I am usually someplace without cell phone reception so I can enjoy nature. That's why I got my Escape.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:23 PM   #3
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In our house with two teenagers this is the norm. We'll say stuff to them and never get a response. We just call it "Talking to our Hand."
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:26 PM   #4
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For background-- I'm not around young people very much, and haven't been since I left college decades ago. Trends come and go without my notice; I'm oblivious as they blow right by me. So I was puzzled by the following experience:

I visited WSU's art museum on campus in Pullman, Washington. I got on the elevator from the parking garage and was followed by three coeds (are they still called that?) wearing earbuds connected to cellphones that they were staring at. One gal was tapping on her phone's screen, the others were just staring silently. They all continued to look down at their phones, they never looked up or at each other, or at me. The elevator stopped at another floor and a fourth young woman got on. She was wearing earbuds and staring down at her phone. At this point I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. When I got off the elevator and went outside I saw that all of the girls and most of the guys were walking around campus doing the same thing. Some of the guys were on skateboards, which apparently requires too much balancing to also do the cellphone thing.

So-- what are they doing? What are they looking at? What are they listening to? I guess they are reading and sending text messages, but all the time, really? Someone please enlighten me.
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It is pretty common for todays generation as well as others to fall down stairs or other dangerous situations because of the distraction caused by the device. Look knows how many accidents happen when they use the device and drive.
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It is pretty common for todays generation as well as others to fall down stairs or other dangerous situations because of the distraction caused by the device. Look knows how many accidents happen when they use the device and drive.
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I think its sad i can be somewhere and everyone is on their phone. I feel alone so i check mine -because I'm board and everyone is on their phone. I see lots of neck issues in our future!
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For background-- I'm not around young people very much, and haven't been since I left college decades ago. Trends come and go without my notice; I'm oblivious as they blow right by me. So I was puzzled by the following experience:

I visited WSU's art museum on campus in Pullman, Washington. I got on the elevator from the parking garage and was followed by three coeds (are they still called that?) wearing earbuds connected to cellphones that they were staring at. One gal was tapping on her phone's screen, the others were just staring silently. They all continued to look down at their phones, they never looked up or at each other, or at me. The elevator stopped at another floor and a fourth young woman got on. She was wearing earbuds and staring down at her phone. At this point I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. When I got off the elevator and went outside I saw that all of the girls and most of the guys were walking around campus doing the same thing. Some of the guys were on skateboards, which apparently requires too much balancing to also do the cellphone thing.

So-- what are they doing? What are they looking at? What are they listening to? I guess they are reading and sending text messages, but all the time, really? Someone please enlighten me.
If I need to talk to the kids and get a quick response I needed to text or I may not hear from them for days maybe weeks . Pat
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:46 PM   #9
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I think its sad i can be somewhere and everyone is on their phone. I feel alone so i check mine -because I'm board and everyone is on their phone. I see lots of neck issues in our future!
Hi: Fox hunt... I see a future need for Physio's to treat "Carpal thumb" LoL Alf
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I see a lot of hearing problems in the future. Young children as well as adults with earbuds in all the time. Buy stock in hearing aid companies......
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