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Messenger Killed the Messenger!

Updated on December 13, 2011

The Message Killed the Messenger.

Smart Phones Have Killed Conversation.
Smart Phones Have Killed Conversation. | Source

Men are from Mars, Kids are from Centauri Alpha lll

Not too long ago people would sit or stand, facing each other, and talk to each other. This, scientists recently discovered, was referred to as "a conversation". If you wanted to know what they looked like, or what they were wearing for that matter, you looked at them. You didn't have to lower your voice, or log into the Internet using an alias with a picture of some gorgeous model as your personal avatar, and tell them that you were wearing a see-through neglige from Cartier. And then you would ask her what she was wearing.

Generation-X had tennis elbow and pot, Generation-Tech has IM Thumb and Vicodin. Are we really that different, or is it just me? If you were to exchange books, fishing rods, tennis racquets and cars with video games, and replaced conversations with smart phones.

Smart phones - what's so smart about a phone that killed conversation?

Okay, yes, many of the Apps that smart phones have are way cool and very helpful in everyday life. Shopping made easier, instant coupons at the check-out, and if you get lost you can get voiced instructions on how to get to wherever you want to go (at North Korea, turn left, more left, more, more).

But, the difference that they make with people may not be worth the advantages that smart phones bring.

Pre-technology conversation

Before cell phones, people looked at each other while talking.
Before cell phones, people looked at each other while talking. | Source

What is Polite Conversation, Anyways?

So, what really is polite conversation? Is it when people talk and nobody is offended, or when no swear words are uttered? It sure has little to do with instant messaging and texting (as well as the newest trend, sexting!).

And to think that sex used to involve just two people, where now it takes at least one person and a computer, laptop or smart phone.

Now, polite conversation is what happens when two people face each other and speak words, ask and answer questions, and generally just talk to each other. Maybe one day, possibly after Iran's Bazoomba-bomb is deployed against the great white threat, people will go back to polite conversation. But they sure will be confused - just how do you say "LMFAO"?

Smart Phones Attack Manhattan!

Smart phones kill!
Smart phones kill! | Source

Are There Any Good Uses for Technology?

Technology most definitely has it's place in modern medicine and geothermal mapping, intra-Planetary strip mining (wait for it, it's coming soon to a rich country near you) and even, yes, entertainment. But technology has cost mankind over a million well paying jobs and financial ruin. What is the trade-off?

Okay, I'll admit to believing that it would be a really great idea having my conscious and subconscious transferred into a robot with 500-year lifespan batteries, rechargeable of course, so that I can be around when the Planet blows up real good. Then I guess I would become an inter-stellar traveler, floating through the cosmos, with nobody to talk to. I mean, there can't be good reception in space, right?

Speaking of blowing things up, if all of the governments around the world took the money that they were investing into new ways to kill their enemies and put it into new ways to save people's lives, society just might have a chance to survive. Caves will not be adequate enough when Iran gets their big bazooma-bomb, and living in an underwater submarine could cause your skin to turn yellow (or, was the submarine yellow?), not to mention the lack of good cell phone service.

If It Wasn't for Technology.

Post-Technological Age Exercise.
Post-Technological Age Exercise. | Source

Just How Bad is Technology?

Technology could readily and easily be blamed for society's propensity to being obese. People now tend to eat fast food while sitting on the couch, playing video games or writing blog post entries (D'ope!).

There are exercise machines that allow you to walk, jog or run. Hey, you can even spend a thousand dollars on one that imitates the act of climbing stairs, rowing a boat, canoe or kayak, and there's even a boxing simulator to help get you in shape. You can buy game systems, like the X-Box 360, the Wii or the PlayStation 3, and play tennis, soccer, badminton, fishing or even train a puppy. And to imagine not 20 years ago we actually had to walk, fish, train puppies and play sports! The humility of it all!

Just think, if it wasn't for technology we would have to go outside in that fresh air stuff and actually get real exercise, playing with real people, real fishing rods and real racquets. Just imagine how awful that would be!

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Even dogs prefer to be entertained with technology over reality these days!
Even dogs prefer to be entertained with technology over reality these days! | Source
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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit and the great comment, Rahul!! I would never tamper with someone's right to say i'm wrong!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Indeed conversation... verbal to be precise has been killed... but the positives of communication technology for me count more than the negatives...

      I am not being offensive here my friend.. but just think... Your hub is written and published online.. some onemight read it fro a smartphone or as I am reading it here... and the thoughts I wish to converse with you about I am writing them down...

      I don't know you, you do not know me... may be you will feel rude about my comment and flag me.. but that will be some kind of communication..

      Those who use it to harm themselves do not realize the true potential in it...

      Constant conversation can tire out the mouth even.. can't it?

      Your hub is great for the fact that it evoked such temper inside of me,

      Sharing all across the virtual world :)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Christy! If people would put down NHL 2K on XBox and go outside to play hockey at the rinks, we'd be a healthier nation!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Angela! That was my first Golden at about 4 months old. I've had Goldies my entire life, along with other breeds, but none seem as smart!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Om my how well thought out and great points, mixed with humor, Love the dog at the end!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Interesting about the connection between obesity and technology - you may have something there! Well put together hub MB!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Too true, John. Thanks for dropping by!

      Yes, technology is a tool, just like machine guns and atomic bombs are tools in the warfare game. Each time both are advanced, people either die or lose jobs. I'm definitely not saying there's no place for technology, but it is true that millions of well-paying jobs have been lost to technology.

      I'm sure almost as many jobs have been created by it, I worked in the field for 18 years. I looked and looked, but could not find a comparison for how many jobs had been created by technology versus how many were lost by it, but I'm sure more were lost than gained.

      A lot of people, myself included, have gotten rid of land line phones and switched to the convenience of smart phones (i have done maybe 25 text messages, all to the same person). I don't get why so many people have both.

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      John McDevitt 5 years ago

      I agree with Red. Technology has it's place. I've had a computer of one type or another since the early 1980's. I wouldn't want to trade my text editor (word processors suck) for a typewriter. My photography has taken a quantum leap with digital photography made it's appearance. I still use film to take my photos but the digital darkroom is a wonderful thing.

      But my computers are tools and don't control my life. Smartphone? I have an ancient dumbphone that I leave turned off most of the time. I instructed my carrier to block data and text. I think texting is dumber than dirt.

      I read books instead of watching TV. I love traditional books but I love my kindle even more.

      Technology is simply a tool Marc. The problem from my perspective is that much of technology is used for trivial purposes and too many new things are driven by marketing rather than innovation.

      John

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Red! I agree, and since I like to think of myself as a hobby writer, I too see the good that technology has to offer. It's just too bad that we couldn't have the good without the bad - millions and millions of jobs have been replaced by automation... take computers out of the workplace and all of a sudden unemployment is under 3%...

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      Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Tech has its place. I have been employed in tech for the last twenty years in one form or another. I suppose it is more about whether you use your skills for good or evil.

      Give me a face-to-face conversation every stinking day of the week over a 2,481 entry text convo. But I am a writer. What does that tell you?

      Red.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Ronnie!

      I remember my father telling me, while I was in college in 1979, that computers were going to be the downfall of mankind, that millions of people would be unemployed as soon as they figured out how to automate jobs. And he was just a pilot...(well, not "just", but ya know, right?)

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      marc,

      Yes technology can be usefull and caring, while many others are destructive for an 'unknown child' or a nation seeking to control their neighbor nations for other reasons other than peace and harmony.

      Ronnie