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Electronic Slaves?

Asked by Skaggfacemutt (9820points) October 8th, 2008

Does the extent of our depedence on “newfangled” electronic devices frighten you? I never owned a cell phone, Ipod or Blackberry until about 8 years ago, and neither did most other people. I don’t think I would miss it much if I suddenly didn’t have it again. But, the other night our local news station interviewed high school students about the possibility of cell phones being banned in public schools, and those students really think life will stop if they don’t have a cell phone in their hands. Scary!

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PIXEL's avatar

I cannot live without my iPhone. Yes it is scary.

jasonjackson's avatar

I don’t know about devices, per se – but I have a very hard time imagining going back to life without the internet. To a large extent, my devices are important to me in direct relation the amount and quality of net connectivity they provide.

PIXEL's avatar

I try to disguise my iPhone into an iPod. It’s funny how all my teachers know nothing about todays technology and also think it’s an iPod. Phones are not allowed at school. Mp3s are

La_chica_gomela's avatar

nice, pixel!
those kind of rules are ridiculous. you’re not allowed to bring phones at all? or are you just not allowed to have them out or be using them?

how do you “disguise” an iPhone? does it have its own camo?

squirbel's avatar

An iPhone looks exactly like the new iPod Touch. iPod Touches are allowed in school; and phones are not. Because he pretends his iPhone is an iPod, he is “disguising” his iPhone.

The apparent difference is the thickness of the device – hence the joy at the obliviousness of the school administration.

Regarding the original query, I actually like being a slave. I love technology.

fireside's avatar

I can’t wait to pick up one of these!!!

aidje's avatar

I thought this was going to be about the exploitation of factory robots.

jsc3791's avatar

I think it is like quitting any addiction. After a few days or weeks or months, it will get better. I wholeheartedly admit that I am addicted to my laptop and phone.

We lost power in our city a few weeks ago for a total of 10+ days. After the first few, you kind of got used to it and began to enjoy the simplicity. You slept when it was dark, rose when it was light, read and wrote by candlelight if need be, talked to your neighbors and friends more and generally interacted as a human being more than you would if we had had power.

It taught me how life might be without all of the electronic conveniences.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Squirbel, I know that iPhones and iPod Touches (I love saying iPod Touches, ha ha ha haa, it just sounds so funny) look alike.

I was making a joke. Why would you put camo on phone? I don’t think he’s disguising it as a tree! LOL.

marinelife's avatar

I fear for our children precisely because of what you mention. Since these devices came into being after my adulthood, I have no trouble imaging life without them. I choose how I use them and don’t miss them when I don’t use them.

jasonjackson's avatar

@Marina: but couldn’t one have the same fears about older technologies that we now “can’t live without”, like, say, electric lighting, or cars, or the printing press? (And, in fact, people did have fears about them.. back when they were new.)

So in what ways are the newer technologies scarier than ones that did exist at the beginning of our lives, and/or why should we more fear losing an ability to get along without them?

marinelife's avatar

@jasonjackson The children of people of my generation are slated to be the first generation most likely not to live longer than their parents. I fear for them, because the impact of lighting or the printing press did not cute down on people’s physical activity the same way that cell phones, texting, and time spent on their butts glued to their computers does. The car, of course, was the first nail in that physical fitness coffin. But at least the young got the habit of sports and play before they could get their licenses.

Have you seen the reports about the numbers and content of the thousands of text messages sent by Casey Anthony? It’s an interesting case, because it is the first public examination of the communication habits of a young person. What does all that content sent over hours and days add up to? Nothing. It is all very self-absorbed stuff about getting together to party or mundane messages. Sometimes these devices are like blinders, cutting people off from the world around them and refocusing them on themselves.

Nimis's avatar

Just because they run on batteries, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have any rights.
Whoops. Wrong question.

loser's avatar

I’m shackled…

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Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Marina and I must be of the same generation – she knows what I am talking about. Pixel and Squirbel, how can you say that the rule of not having them in school is stupid. I mean, this is a luxury that has only been out for 8–10 years, not a necessity. I just don’t understand the dependence. Other than texting answers to tests, and taking naked pictures of your friends in the locker room, what else are you using them for at school? I know what you will say to that – to talk to your friends. I guess I just don’t get the need to talk to your friends 24/7. Don’t you ever get tired of the mindless blah-blah?

squirbel's avatar

Hmmm, actually – I use my iPhone for reading, gaming, and chatting on aim.

I can browse the Internet at anytime, from anywhere. Essentially, I can carry my Internet addiction with me everywhere.

So in the end – I’m saying I can’t live without the Internet – and therefore I cannot live without my iPhone. There.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I like the internet, too, but there’s a time and place for everything. Nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction with real people.

fireside's avatar

People get fired from their jobs because they can’t separate their private time from their work time.

Developing the addiction early is a bad habit to get into.

PIXEL's avatar

@La_chica_gomela Well we can bring phones to school but they have to be off. Only for emergencies. When I said disguise I meant like cover it up with silicone cases. The teachers don’t know the difference! haha

squirbel's avatar

My job is work that involves the internet. I know the difference between work and play – you are insinuating that I have my face in my iPhone all day. I don’t. I just can’t handle the idea of NOT having it available.

There is a big difference.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Squirbel, I thought you were 16? What kind of job do you have?

squirbel's avatar

Ha. No. I am 27.

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dabbler's avatar

was watching an early episode of Mad Men recently, set in ‘61 I think, and Peggy was at home in her room and there was no cell phone, no internet, no computer, and no texting and no tv in there, it was eerie !

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