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Old 03-22-07, 10:19 PM   #1
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Human interaction vs isolation due to cellphones

When I went to the grocery store earlier tonight, I tried to be friendly to people I'd see on each aisle, as I'm still just gettin' out again, and I enjoy the human social interaction of even a simple "hello" or a smile. Unfortunately, most of them (and sadly nearly all the men from 35-65 ), were on cell phones! All while mindlessly shopping! How could it be otherwise? When someone is talkin' at ya, how can you think about what you're seeing on the "specials" labels or what you're puttin' in your cart?

Got me to thinkin' about the numerous ways in which people isolate themselves from their real and immediate world, potentially to the extent of missing out on interesting personal encounters, or, even possibly endangering others, as when having a conversation while driving a moving vehicle.

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When I'm at the grocers and see someone blathering away on the phone, I'll sneak stuff out of their cart and put it in mine as I walk away, then place it on a shelf somewhere.
That way, when they go to ring out and realize there is stuff missing, they'll wonder if they are losing their minds or just stupid.
childless I know, but so am I from time to time
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High-five! *smackin' hands*

But next time, try addin' something to their cart.
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I'm guilty of that. My cellphone bill is about $200/mo for 3000 minutes, text, modem, insurance. Sometimes I exceed the limit. Can't help it since it's also my office phone. My company car has bluetooth though so both hands on the wheel at all times unless I'm munching on a burger.
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But do ya feel compelled to have someone "hold your hand," figuratively, while you shop for your food? Granted, my grocery store is in a university area, and most of those talkin' are college age. WTF?! Is there no "unlinking" from "friends-at-a-distance" in order to focus on business-at-hand, and to possibly experience a real, in-person, human encounter, like a smile?
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Hello V

Between my day job and all the traveling I do and running my part-time tree care business I depend on my self phone to keep in touch and make the distance not seem so big when I`m away. But I hate talking on the phone and most of my conversations are less than 2 minutes. I must be one of the few people that lets it go to message and call them back at my convienience. My pet peve is people talking on phones in a resturant.

I met my signifacant other at the YMCA , grocery stores never worked for me. + at the Y you know they are fitness minded, it weeds out at least half the potential smokers, and a Y will have less body builder tards, less egos than a regular gym. Maybe even less people on cell phones.

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I like it when I shop and others are on their phones. People don't realize how loud they get or how much info they are giving over the phone within earshot of strangers. They are talking about their court dates, their sex lives, they argue with their significant others, they talk about what they did that day or how pissed they are at their family, etc. I get all the juicy details and gossip!

Since they are not really paying attention to shopping they stop and take their time just to "get into" it.

In public restrooms it's no different. I just couldn't flush while someone is on the other line. But they don't mind. No class at all, I tell ya.

For the reason of privacy and that alone I won't really use mine when others are around.
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I like it when I shop and others are on their phones. People don't realize how loud they get or how much info they are giving over the phone within earshot of strangers. They are talking about their court dates, their sex lives, they argue with their significant others, they talk about what they did that day or how pissed they are at their family, etc. I get all the juicy details and gossip!

Since they are not really paying attention to shopping they stop and take their time just to "get into" it.

In public restrooms it's no different. I just couldn't flush while someone is on the other line. But they don't mind. No class at all, I tell ya.

For the reason of privacy and that alone I won't really use mine when others are around.
You are waaaay too kind. And sarcastic. I loves me my sistuh!

gg, I'll take your suggestion to heart, if TT and roadraces don't shake that tree enough.
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the other day I threw my phone way over an embankment to the other side of a railroad track.
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You are waaaay too kind. And sarcastic. I loves me my sistuh!

gg, I'll take your suggestion to heart, if TT and roadraces don't shake that tree enough.

I'm hella serious. And to make it worse, I'll pass by them, catch eye and smirk. Sometimes I even lean in right in front of them so they think I'm listening. Well.....I am. But I'm bad like that. Not that I really care about what they are saying but I want them to realize that they are really playing out their lives in public.

One time this lady hung up and rolled her eyes over whatever situation she was handling and I looked over and said "what a shame, isn't it? You poor thing." I had no idea what just happened (since I only get half the story) but it's enough to slap them back into reality.
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I assume you did go and retrieve it. And, in a more rational moment, made sure it still worked. No?
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gg, I'll take your suggestion to heart, if TT and roadraces don't shake that tree enough.
Hmmm.....that`l be like shooting fish in a barrel. Drop your water bottle a couple of times (not while riding) . Bet you won`t have to pick it once fer yourself.
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the other day I threw my phone way over an embankment to the other side of a railroad track.

So THAT's why you never answer the phone when I call.......
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I'm hella serious. And to make it worse, I'll pass by them, catch eye and smirk. Sometimes I even lean in right in front of them so they think I'm listening. Well.....I am. But I'm bad like that. Not that I really care about what they are saying but I want them to realize that they are really playing out their lives in public.

One time this lady hung up and rolled her eyes over whatever situation she was handling and I looked over and said "what a shame, isn't it? You poor thing." I had no idea what just happened (since I only get half the story) but it's enough to slap them back into the reality.
The new entertainment medium! I likes me that....
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I assume you did go and retrieve it. And, in a more rational moment, made sure it still worked. No?
It worked...it landed in a brushy spot...I still hate it.
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The new entertainment medium! I likes me that....
Try it!! What are they going to do? Tell you to mind your own business? If they do, all you have to say is "I WAS until you started yapping. I couldn't help but HEAR......." then walk off with a smirk on your face.
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I listen to my ipod at the grocery store (and nearly everywhere else)...so I'm isolating myself from my immediate surroundings without the benefit of even talking to someone.

But I do still smile at people, and say "excuse me" when I pass or walk in front of or between people.

And I'm not much of a browser, either. Unless you're buying pasta, rice, oatmeal, or carrots, you probably won't see much of me.

That reminds me...the carrots do provide me with some human interaction. Since I buy the 10 pound bags, the cashiers and baggers usually ask me if I'm gonna eat all of them myself, or if I have a rabbit, or make carrot juice. That usually makes my day.

Despite my tirade on carrots, I agree with Vega. People often distract themselves during everyday/ho-hum activities, to the extent that they ignore others--this isolates themselves as well as the people they are around. Maybe I should leave the ipod at home next time?
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It worked...it landed in a brushy spot...I still hate it.
When you really hate your phone.....
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Hmmm.....that`l be like shooting fish in a barrel. Drop your water bottle a couple of times (not while riding) . Bet you won`t have to pick it once fer yourself.


Yeah, dauph, I sometimes hate mine, too. Especially when I can see there's a lawyer on the other end.

Siu, I have played that, back when things were different in my life, and it was quite fun for me, in the same way, believe me. I basically feel the same way as you. But sometimes, these days, I'm more in the mood for just an opportunitiy to meet the eyes of another human, and see a flash of friendliness. Sometimes, I feel so alone and isolated otherwise. Small steps I make back into the world, but I go for what I can get. I've essentially been in a cave for three years, and am only now venturing out again. And I literally thirst for human contact. Dig? <perhaps too-serious Vega look>
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But do ya feel compelled to have someone "hold your hand," figuratively, while you shop for your food? Granted, my grocery store is in a university area, and most of those talkin' are college age. WTF?! Is there no "unlinking" from "friends-at-a-distance" in order to focus on business-at-hand, and to possibly experience a real, in-person, human encounter, like a smile?
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Yeah, dauph, I sometimes hate mine, too. Especially when I can see there's a lawyer on the other end.

Siu, I have played that, back when things were different in my life, and it was quite fun for me, in the same way, believe me. I basically feel the same way as you. But sometimes, these days, I'm more in the mood for just an opportunitiy to meet the eyes of another human, and see a flash of friendliness. Sometimes, I feel so alone and isolated otherwise. Small steps I make back into the world, but I go for what I can get. I've essentially been in a cave for three years, and am only now venturing out again. And I literally thirst for human contact. Dig? <perhaps too-serious Vega look>
Since it's human contact you crave...I'd offer to give you my cell number....but I hate that thing...oh well...
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CG05, let's just say, ya never know what you're missin', unless you're payin' attention. You might be missin' your soulmate....
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Difference is, 2manybikes, is that, when I go out into the world, I do what I can to experience that, and not my cyber-/cell- connections.... <concerned-for-this-generation Vega look>

Dauph, you can give me your cell number, if you wish. I have a number of others, which I seldom call, Siu's excepted. But I don't mind having a number of Foo-friends on the fast-dial.
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I was just kidding...I understand your point
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Yeah, dauph, I sometimes hate mine, too. Especially when I can see there's a lawyer on the other end.

Siu, I have played that, back when things were different in my life, and it was quite fun for me, in the same way, believe me. I basically feel the same way as you. But sometimes, these days, I'm more in the mood for just an opportunitiy to meet the eyes of another human, and see a flash of friendliness. Sometimes, I feel so alone and isolated otherwise. Small steps I make back into the world, but I go for what I can get. I've essentially been in a cave for three years, and am only now venturing out again. And I literally thirst for human contact. Dig? <perhaps too-serious Vega look>

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