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I'm living in a microcosm of The Murderer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Murderer_(story)

We all do, to one degree or another. It's the world we now live in. Very prophetic on Mr. Bradbury's part. My living conditions, however, seemed to be ...concentrated. It's like an asylum where everyone has phones. Mostly iPhones because they're all too stupid not to buy cool. The conversations are CONSTANT! I'm not kidding. These people have hours long, like 16 fucking hours , "conversations". Talking constantly. Pause for text. Back to talking. Insane. Like ZOMBIES insane.

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I don´t believe I have read that one yet. Obviously, I don't have enough Bradbury yet. 😄 Indeed prophetic.

I think we are all living in that world, more or less. Get´s on my nerves greatly.

Lots of thought about this, actually, but typing is still a bit tedious....

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It's getting to the point that I was considering the possibility that I'm the crazy one without a phone. Majority always being sane and all that.

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warfacegod wrote:

...Majority always being sane and all that.

Australian saying

100 million blow-flies can't be wrong: eat shit!

I would like to be able to get by without a phone, but it has become impossible, at least living the life that I do. A free-lancer without a mobile phone would simply not get any work these days.

The trick is to use it as a tool, and not let yourself be ruled by it. It seems that lots of people don´t realise this...

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The last 12 years I worked I was either attached to a pager, or had a walk around phone in my shirt pocket. How many people even remember walk around phones? I refuse to have a cell phone and if the land line rings I will answer it if I feel like it. Sometimes I am a grumpy old fart.

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I am fairly sure I read the muder story by Ray Bradbury. about 20 years ago I checked out and read the complete works of Ray Bradbury from the Hilo library. If that volume contained all of his works then I read it only that come to mind the murderer stunk so that others would keep away from him. It is not easy getting old.

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nubimax wrote:

...Sometimes I am a grumpy old fart.

The world needs them, Be good at it! 😄

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The other day I saw some very basic (new) Nokia phones... nothing fancy, just phone-calls.

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The problem with a "flip-phone" for me is that I need some web access. Maps and such. I'm in the middle of a halfassed city. NOT my natural habitat. 'Course, the real problem is getting money get a phone.

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I have a OnePlus 5T that I keep with me, but I use it as more of a tool than a communications device. Since almost all calls I get are junk, I pretty much stick to sms and email, which I send sparingly (I haven't sent any of either over the past 3 days, even with an active long-term relationship, a full-time college course schedule, and a part-time job!)

Being able to diagnose network issues and look up documentation when I'm out and about makes it much easier to fix things for my family and answer questions for work when I need to. Plus I like to browse slashdot while I'm waiting for food I've ordered. I suppose in that respect, I use it as more of a pocket computer rather than a phone.

There is also a slider to mute notifications without even unlocking the phone (similar to what iPhones have) which I have found to be very useful when I want to focus on whatever I'm doing at the moment.