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    Done with so-called smart technology!

    In the last 4 years, I've gone through 2 smart phones which certainly aren't cheap to replace - both of them were dropped and the glass shattered. Since I rarely use a phone except for the occasional text message, and its original purpose which is to make a call and actually speak with someone, I decided to ditch the smart phone and revert to a flip phone. Go ahead and laugh but it's practical, much cheaper, and way sturdier - it doesn't break if dropped!

    Another reason I'm done with smart phones is the addiction so many people have to them. I could never understand the fascination of constantly being glued to these devices, and for what? To be on social media, watching stupid youtube videos, playing ridiculous games, or checking texts and email every freaking minute? No thanks, I have a personal computer for those kinds of things which I only use when absolutely necessary.

    Also, I'm saying thanks but no thanks to other so-called smart devices like TVs, doorbells, cars, and whatever else. We as a society have become tech nerds to the point where we rely on robotics to do everything for us. Most of all, smart technology is not exactly safe because of the hackers. I realize a standard desktop computer on an internet cable line can be hacked too but the smart devices stand a greater chance of this because of the wireless technology.

    These are just a few of the reasons why you won't catch me buried in a phone or those other worthless contraptions. I'm smarter than the so-called smart devices because I actually prefer human interaction and life in the real world!

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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    I'm guessing you're over 50.

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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    I'm guessing you're over 50.
    and if true, why is that an issue ...…………………..?

    I pretty much agree with the OP. Way to many are wrapped up with the smart phone. They are a great device when used appropriately. No so much when they are not.
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by Indie guy View Post
    In the last 4 years, I've gone through 2 smart phones which certainly aren't cheap to replace - both of them were dropped and the glass shattered. Since I rarely use a phone except for the occasional text message, and its original purpose which is to make a call and actually speak with someone, I decided to ditch the smart phone and revert to a flip phone. Go ahead and laugh but it's practical, much cheaper, and way sturdier - it doesn't break if dropped!

    Another reason I'm done with smart phones is the addiction so many people have to them. I could never understand the fascination of constantly being glued to these devices, and for what? To be on social media, watching stupid youtube videos, playing ridiculous games, or checking texts and email every freaking minute? No thanks, I have a personal computer for those kinds of things which I only use when absolutely necessary.

    Also, I'm saying thanks but no thanks to other so-called smart devices like TVs, doorbells, cars, and whatever else. We as a society have become tech nerds to the point where we rely on robotics to do everything for us. Most of all, smart technology is not exactly safe because of the hackers. I realize a standard desktop computer on an internet cable line can be hacked too but the smart devices stand a greater chance of this because of the wireless technology.

    These are just a few of the reasons why you won't catch me buried in a phone or those other worthless contraptions. I'm smarter than the so-called smart devices because I actually prefer human interaction and life in the real world!
    Last time I went to the city I was in a city bus stopped at a red light and saw a young man and woman at the window table in the coffee shop. They each had a tablet propped up in front of them and he was doing something on his phone. Having a coffee together.
    I went the same route as you, back to a flip phone, and the phone is kept in the glove box. I don't know how to use that smart technology anyway and I'm too stubborn to learn it.
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    I held out on smartphones until last year... can't stand the ****ing things. I'm in front of a computer all day for my job, extra time for time wasted, and then computer games also make up part of my entertainment. The last thing I need when I step away is another damn computer in my face.

    However, I got one because you will have to, as more and more things get transferred to phone (physical credit cards, concert tickets, etc).
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by Indie guy View Post
    In the last 4 years, I've gone through 2 smart phones which certainly aren't cheap to replace - both of them were dropped and the glass shattered. Since I rarely use a phone except for the occasional text message, and its original purpose which is to make a call and actually speak with someone, I decided to ditch the smart phone and revert to a flip phone. Go ahead and laugh but it's practical, much cheaper, and way sturdier - it doesn't break if dropped!

    Another reason I'm done with smart phones is the addiction so many people have to them. I could never understand the fascination of constantly being glued to these devices, and for what? To be on social media, watching stupid youtube videos, playing ridiculous games, or checking texts and email every freaking minute? No thanks, I have a personal computer for those kinds of things which I only use when absolutely necessary.

    Also, I'm saying thanks but no thanks to other so-called smart devices like TVs, doorbells, cars, and whatever else. We as a society have become tech nerds to the point where we rely on robotics to do everything for us. Most of all, smart technology is not exactly safe because of the hackers. I realize a standard desktop computer on an internet cable line can be hacked too but the smart devices stand a greater chance of this because of the wireless technology.

    These are just a few of the reasons why you won't catch me buried in a phone or those other worthless contraptions. I'm smarter than the so-called smart devices because I actually prefer human interaction and life in the real world!
    I obsess over protecting my phones from drops.

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    I'm guessing you're over 50.
    I am way over 50; I can’t stand using only the phone for communicating, can’t see the screen

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Person View Post
    I held out on smartphones until last year... can't stand the ****ing things. I'm in front of a computer all day for my job, extra time for time wasted, and then computer games also make up part of my entertainment. The last thing I need when I step away is another damn computer in my face.

    However, I got one because you will have to, as more and more things get transferred to phone (physical credit cards, concert tickets, etc).
    I have tried boarding passes and the express train from Heathrow into London proper, using the smartphone. I cannot get to the appropriate screen quickly enough where I don’t feel like a doofus......
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by Indie guy View Post
    In the last 4 years, I've gone through 2 smart phones which certainly aren't cheap to replace - both of them were dropped and the glass shattered. Since I rarely use a phone except for the occasional text message, and its original purpose which is to make a call and actually speak with someone, I decided to ditch the smart phone and revert to a flip phone. Go ahead and laugh but it's practical, much cheaper, and way sturdier - it doesn't break if dropped!

    Another reason I'm done with smart phones is the addiction so many people have to them. I could never understand the fascination of constantly being glued to these devices, and for what? To be on social media, watching stupid youtube videos, playing ridiculous games, or checking texts and email every freaking minute? No thanks, I have a personal computer for those kinds of things which I only use when absolutely necessary.

    Also, I'm saying thanks but no thanks to other so-called smart devices like TVs, doorbells, cars, and whatever else. We as a society have become tech nerds to the point where we rely on robotics to do everything for us. Most of all, smart technology is not exactly safe because of the hackers. I realize a standard desktop computer on an internet cable line can be hacked too but the smart devices stand a greater chance of this because of the wireless technology.

    These are just a few of the reasons why you won't catch me buried in a phone or those other worthless contraptions. I'm smarter than the so-called smart devices because I actually prefer human interaction and life in the real world!
    I always buy the insurance. 2 in 4 years is nothing. I have gone through 2 in a single day. It comes in clusters. Once I break one, I will go through 3-5 in no time before I get one that sticks around a year or two (in my defense, maybe a third have them have just been lemons that just stopped working or charging soon after I got them). The guards help but if you drop them face down on a hard surface the screens still sometimes shatter. I have a bad habit also of putting them in my back pocket and then plopping down on them, cracking them that way.

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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    I love my smartphone, wouldn't live without it. Ditto for my laptop.

    But besides that, I highly value my privacy. So at this time, I really don't see the need for other internet connected devices beyond these two.
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Last time I went to the city I was in a city bus stopped at a red light and saw a young man and woman at the window table in the coffee shop. They each had a tablet propped up in front of them and he was doing something on his phone. Having a coffee together.
    I went the same route as you, back to a flip phone, and the phone is kept in the glove box. I don't know how to use that smart technology anyway and I'm too stubborn to learn it.
    Alright! I now have the idea for a great app. SMOOCH. You run it on your phones, then reach over and touch each others' phones together, registering a 'smooch'! Think of the fun at parties! And at family gatherings! Think it will catch on?
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    Re: Done with so-called smart technology!

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    I'm guessing you're over 50.
    I'm sixty-two!

    1. I own a smart phone

    2. I own several smart TV's and we're in the process of getting another one soon.

    3. We also own TWO smart doorbells.

    4. We also own an Alexa based Echo Show and two Echo portals. (These are fairly recent purchases)

    5. We also own a smart lock for our door, it works with both the Ring and Alexa platform.

    6. We also own a smart thermostat.

    7. We also own a minivan which definitely has a ton of "smart" technology, so much so that this model is being used by Google as the default platform for their autonomous self driving vehicle technology, due to the fact that it already has much of the autonomous platform as an option.

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    I don't spend endless hours on the smart phone, I just love the fact that it has smart capabilities, so when I do need to access them, it's quite handy, but like the OP, I tend to stick with my desktop workstation for most instances. But it's great to have all that tech in my pocket if needed.
    PS: If you drop things a lot, get a CASE for your phone!
    I have a very nice case on mine.

    The first gen smart doorbell was a wee bit clumsy, as is the case with almost all "version 1.0" tech, ahh well, the perils of being an early adopter.
    The new 2.0 version, on the other hand, is excellent. No more bugs.
    I just repurposed the old one for use internally for extra security, so it is no longer used as a doorbell, just as a motion activated network security camera.

    The Alexa stuff isn't, in my humble opinion, quite mature yet, but so far, it's doing simple tasks fairly well.
    Frankly if it hadn't been given to us by the VA, I might have considered waiting for the 2.0 version, but the fact that it operates the thermostat, interacts with the Ring doorbells, and can open and close the door lock, makes it extremely handy for my disabled wife.
    If I were ever out of the house when a medical emergency arises, instead of emergency responders having to break down the front door, (probably about $1500 in damage - give or take a few $$) they can instead use our Knox Box or ask Karen to remotely open the door lock via the Echo Show, so that they can get in and take care of her, as she needs help getting in and out of bed and into her power wheelchair.
    In any case, if it were a medical emergency, she might not be able to do much at all anyway, so these devices are potential lifesavers.

    I figure the smart thermostat is self-explanatory, again very useful for Karen if she's not feeling well and is in bed.
    The smart TV's? Well, forty years in the video production and post-production business have made me extremely picky and demanding when it comes to audio and video.
    Like everyone else, I put up with the ghastly and horrible 1930's analog TV technology (NTSC) that had been the standard my entire life, so when, in 2009, the USA switched entirely to digital high definition TV for keeps, I was exhilarated.
    I'd already been producing high definition content for cinema since around 2000, so it was a natural progression.

    Finally, someday we will likely be able to install the back-end autonomous platform needed to convert Karen's wheelchair accessible minivan to full autonomous driving. For Karen, who spent about fifteen years driving her old van herself with hand controls, this will be a game changer that may very well restore a great deal of independence for her. I think she is perfectly capable of driving her new van herself, it too has the hand controls in the event she decides to finally get back behind the wheel, but she is apprehensive of driving the LA freeways.
    Autonomous driving would eliminate that, a real boon to her.

    So, you see, smart tech is entirely dependent on what you put into it and what you need it for, and as for security, I learned a long time ago how to protect ourselves.
    In other words, it's small potatoes...for all their efforts, they might wind up with enough to buy a Starbucks and a few burgers. Wow.
    I have a lot of friends who are experts, much smarter than I am. I've had them test everything.
    They're the ones who have muttered "small potatoes".
    I prefer to think of it as a salamander defense, in that a predator winds up with a tiny chunk of the tail, the salamander gets away and regrows the tail.

    You guys need to rethink your view of how older people think.
    The technology you're using right now, here on DP, the very hardware and software itself, originated from a bunch of stoned out Berkeley hippies in the 1960's.
    Yeah, it's amusing when you Gen-Xers and Millennials blurt out "Okay Boomer" but the reality is, the Boomers are as diverse as you are.
    So in reality, "Okay Boomer" is good for a mild chuckle the first couple of times, then it begins to sound like a knee-jerk reflex from someone who has no understanding of history.
    We had to teach you kids how to use a SPOON.
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