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Title: Socializing
Post by: Mac on August 30, 2012, 11:41:22 am
So each day I walk past a small office with a young individual staring at a computer. The funny thing is no matter what part of the day, itís always the same exact gaze. Which leads me to believe, she has one function and thatís to look at the monitor. I can only guess she does not do this strictly for work.

Which leads me to the next thought of those folks that live and breathe their electronic gadget as a huge portion of their communicative life. I mean we see it all the time. Two friends walking down the street looking at their gadget instead of looking and talking to each other. Which, to me is a very shallow thing to do. The whole counting on the internet for the purpose to their day.  Not real people, but the virtual people. Yes, it communicates, but lacks substance.

Which brings me back to the young lady in the room. Right now she may think this is the dream job of being in her own little electronic world, and Iím sure tweeting, facebooking, texting and socializing electronically friends mixed throughout her working day. But I have to wonder how long it takes for an individual to realize the dead end and lonely road they are taking? Months? Years? Ever?

Maybe it is my age. Maybe itís my work. I sit in an environment where people are perfectly comfortable, or so they seem, to sit in the front of the monitor and do nothing else social wise. Other folks, I know have to get up and talkÖ like me.

The whole electronic environment thing is OK in small doses. Like reading a book, give me my own personal time to read a book. It could be half hour it could be hours on end. But in the end my mind needs more.

Back to, how long will it take the average person to realize this electronic social interacting is empty and nothing to account for. I liken the socializing to reading an entertainment magazine. Itís fills an immediate need but has zero value. But like an addiction, they need to get back to that world because they believe thatís all they have.

Or, are they afraid of something?
Title: Re: Socializing
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 30, 2012, 01:27:23 pm
I have Facebook, but I never really use it. Sometimes I wonder why I even have an account with the amount of time I've not invested in it.
Title: Re: Socializing
Post by: Mac on April 08, 2013, 09:36:58 am
To the other end of the spectrum. I can only imagine is Google Glasses will bring a perfect storm... and I don't mean in a good way. People love their gadgets and pictures are really taking off.

People today are already lacking in etiquette with smart phones. Google Glasses will only make it worse.


Watch where you point your head! Google Glass begs for new etiquette

It's reasonable that Google Glass ó the futuristic headgear from the search engine giant ó will be banned in places that ban cameras. It's also understandable that people will be uncomfortable around a gadget that can snap photos, chime in with messages and cause untold other social disruptions.

So it's at least some small comfort that the first people to get the invention ó the so-called "Glass Explorers" ó are already thinking of ways to make it less of a social stigma, before it becomes widely available at the end of 2013.

"We're going to have to work it out as a society, as we always do," said Noble Ackerson, a member of the Explorers. "When we first had cellphones, there were certain rules that we now take for granted. Like not answering a call during dinner or something like that. Or in a meeting you wouldn't get up and start talking. We have that understanding with cellphones."

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Title: Re: Socializing
Post by: Mac on January 17, 2014, 09:44:08 am
Just shaking my head....

Motorist cleared in Google Glass driving case

Cecilia Abadie may be the first driver cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass, and her court hearing could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof that the device was in operation.

Blair found there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Abadie is believed to be the first motorist cited for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was also found not guilty of speeding.

Abadie, a software developer, is among some 30,000 people called "explorers" who have been selected to try out Google Glass before the technology becomes widely available to the public later this year.

The device on a kind of glass-wear frame features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

Abadie was pulled over in October on a San Diego freeway. The California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle.

Abadie had pleaded not guilty to both charges in San Diego traffic court. Her attorney William Concidine previously said the device was not activated when she was driving.

The CHP previously declined comment. At the time of Abadie's citation, the agency said anything that takes a driver's attention from the road is dangerous.

The lightweight frames are equipped with a hidden camera and tiny display that responds to voice commands. The technology can be used to do things such as check email, learn background about something the wearer is looking at, or to get driving directions.

Legislators in at least three states ó Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia ó have introduced bills that would ban driving with Google Glass.

Google's website contains an advisory for users: "Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."