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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

iPhone Lawsuit?

Those new iphones are all the rage.  While I just want a cell phone I can make calls with, the younger, more technologically savvy set are sending email, surfing the web, texting their friends, finding their way to their destination, or playing video games on the snazzy phone/mini-computers.

Sunday we went out to dinner; Hubby and me, one of my best friends, my two sons and their families, and of course, their iPhones.  Even though it was Hubby's birthday (yeah, he turned the big 70, which is the new 50, right?), you would have thought the phones were the guests of honor.  One son was using his to show my friend photos of his boys, and then entertaining the rest of us with u-tube videos; the other son was excusing himself from the table to take a business call, or keeping his kids entertained by letting them play video games on his.

The technology is amazing, I'l admit. Those little 2 and 1/2" by 4" gadgets can do almost anything.  Want to know what's playing at the movies? Got it.  Need the address of the Civic Center and the best route to get there? Got it.  I just worry that while dazzled by all the possiblilities at their fingertips, people will forget that the original purpose of the cell phone may have been for use in an emergency!

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25 comments:

Kristina P. said...

It is so true! I have literally had texting conversations with people at the same table.

Candice said...

I totally get it. I have an iphone and it's freaking awesome. Beats the hell out of my crackberry that I had before.

w said...

that cartoon is hilarious.

ethelmaepotter! said...

So true! We were at dinner a few weeks ago, seated a couple of tables away from a family - parents, teen daughter and boy around 8 - all texting the entire time! Never once did any of these people say a word to each other during the entire meal! It reminded me of Wall-E - all those people, oblivious to each other's existence, their only thoughts on the computer screens in front of them.

Hey. My computer screen is front of me. It has been all night. For like...yikes! 9 hours!!!!

BYE!!!!

Mommakin said...

When my daughter is not grounded from her phone (which is usually...) we are constantly reminding her to 'be present'. I hate going to social gatherings and having people be more interested in their phones than in what is going on around them. I think all the gadgetry is cool, too, but I'm not sure it's progress. ethelmaepotter!'s Wall-E reference was spot on...

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

I have resisted the new phones. For now, I just want to make those calls I need to make. I understand the attraction, I do. But at the same time, I like living in reality and don't want another distraction that will take me from enjoying my family and my simple life. And I really cannot stand it when I feel someone is texting or surfing their phone when they're supposed to be enjoying a lunch or some free time with me. It burns my cookies, I tell you! But it's not going away and I think this will be the norm soon enough, sadly.....

My name is PJ. said...

It's a habit like anything else...and sadly, we're deciding(in ever increasing numbers) that we have to be CONNECTED 24 x7.

Not me.

Midday Escapades said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby!!! 70 is absolutely the new 50.

What a funny comic strip. You are right about the iPhones. Luckily I don't have one.

DJan said...

I am connected plenty, but the iPhone allows you to become completely dependent on the technology, it seems to me. My brother got one and says it never leaves the end of his hand. I'll stick to my computer because at least I have to go to it and turn it on!

glnroz said...

"The Boss' amnd all the daughters have the "I's".. All I need is the "Jitterbug",, big letters and all it does is talk.

Julie said...

How funny! My husband recently told me he can't answer my texts at work. I told him he can't text at home then because that's my time with him. What does he do last night after the kids are asleep and we finally get a moment alone!? He texts his boss! Ugh! Thanks for stopping by!

Canadian Blend said...

Sometime this week I'll be getting a new phone. This one has a keyboard so I'll be able to text ... not that I care to. (I'm a big believer of calling someone and saying "I'm on my way" as opposed to texting the same thing.)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I think the iPhone is totally overrated. I mean we survived perfectly well without having email and the web at our fingertips and were more social too. Most of the stuff people do with them is totally unnecessary and can wait till they get home. Smart phones are making us into zombies. I just want my phone to make calls and maybe send a quick text. Plus the iPhone plans are just stupidly expensive. And don't think of using that iPhone overseas unless you won the lottery. Also (I have the iPod Touch which is the same thing without the phone) typing on that onscreen keyboard is a pain in the ass and web surfing makes me pull my hair out. I'll check movie times on it and play with a couple of apps if I'm really bored but that's it. Apart from that it's just a music and photo wallet.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Some of my friends are GLUED to their phones. It's slightly annoying. It's like, "Am I not good enough company that you constantly have to be on your phone?"

Kate said...

I just got an iphone and am hooked - it is bad.

Kate xx

Fertility Chick said...

Laughing hysterically at the comic - it's so true!

Unknown Mami said...

Wait 'til I show you what I can do with my iPhone!

lakeviewer said...

Shameful! Just wait a few more years, it will be worse. Nobody will ever speak face to face.

Eva Gallant said...

Kristina: I can't understand texting if the person is in front of me.

Candice: I guess it's my age. I don't get why anyone have a computer at your fingertips every second.

W: funny but sad.

ethel: People are forgetting the fun of face-to-face conversation.

Mommakin: Being present--that's the key!

Mandy: I'm afraid you're right.

PJ: Me, either!

Midday: The comic strip cracked me up because it's so true!

DJan: I agree.

Glen: I think my next phone will be a jitterbug!

Julie: I can't understand the advantage of texting when you can speak to the person; I mean you're using your phone.

Canadian: I agree wholeheartedly!

Veg: I can't believe what people are willing to pay for those things.

Meeko: Exactly!

Kate: The first step is admitting you have a problem!lol

Ferility: Isn't it?

Mami: I shudder to ask!

Rosaria: Scary, isn't it?

Margaret said...

My brother has an Iphone and I think it is too much phone for anyone.

Mrsblogalot said...

How funny and true that cartoon is!!

Do you know that I still don't know how to text? I'm literally an online outcast. (-:

Life Laugh Latte said...

Great post. Didn't see where that was going...cracked me up. Yeah...my 6 year old plays with mine at sporting events. He hates sports so watching older sibs play is grueling for him. It helps. Holly

The Retired One said...

Loved the cartoon!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

I love that cartoon. And I can believe that it's happened.

Lluvia said...

I refuse to jump on the bandwagon and buy an iPhone! Even if they're cool and amazing. I must resist temptation! XP