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Ariella
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5/26/2015 | 12:34:55 PM
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@PedroG You're better off. All diet guidelines say to stay focused on your food while while eating. Those who watch TV, check devices, or whatever don't really register the food that much and are more likely to overeat.
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5/25/2015 | 6:45:29 PM
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It's got to be offensive to the person you're with that you would rather communicate with people via device who aren't present. But my guess would be that, if you take those people at the lounge and place them in the room with whoever they were texting and WhatsApping or Facebooking with, that they would then ignore those people in their company too!
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5/24/2015 | 12:52:42 PM
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I agree. I sometimes wonder where are we going. I went to a lounge with some friends and notice in some tables two people seating next to each other, but they were looking at their phones rather than talking to each.  I think as a society we need to wonder what kind of values we are promoting. I really don't think technology isn't the main culprit but the culture norms we seem to promote in this age of constant connectivity. 
Broadway0474
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5/23/2015 | 10:25:48 AM
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@Pedro, you are on the side of culture and decency and manners. Societal norms are changing, and we're raising new generations of people who don't enjoy what they're doing in any given moment unless they're sharing it. But I still hold to old belief that if you're having a great enough time in the present, you often don't remember or don't have time to take photos or tweet about it.
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5/22/2015 | 10:35:04 PM
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@ ariella. I tried that one time. I got a headache.  I prefer to make a dedicated time and focus on using social media during that time.  I guess I'm old fashion but while eating I prefer to enjoy my meal or the company of my friends.
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5/22/2015 | 12:50:20 AM
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@broadway. I totally get what you're saying but consider this: the machines are only as good as the humans who built them so by the transitive property :) they are inherently flawed.
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5/21/2015 | 11:26:41 PM
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vnewman, as a consumer of data, bandwidth and RAM, I think that's a lame cop-out statement. Humans have bad days because we're human. We're animals driven by unconscious urges and half-cocked emotions, imaging that we're being logical and correct. Machines and networks are unthinking, unfeeling tools. If they don't function properly, they should. Or the people running them should be replaced with more efficient technicians.
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5/20/2015 | 1:40:16 PM
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@vnewman2,

Very true.... and here's something interesting... when consumers (by this I mean folks that aren't in an IT role) use a smartphone that's 2 or 3 iterations old, they think it's a dinosour because it won't launch apps with the speed of the current model.

Those in IT know that the processor on even two year old phones is still pretty robust, but we know that the OS and Apps are optimized to run on the latest hardwared (by design?)

It is of no surprise that a company that provides a fleet of phones/tablets normally goes through upgrade cycles every 2 to 4 years, since even though the hardware has improved, the app that was developed to be used on those handled is still working as designed (in fact, at least on iOS, the devices are configued to not allow updates to be pushed)
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5/20/2015 | 1:29:51 PM
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@mejiac - I think we are getting spoiled with the advances that have been made with data transmission speeds and improved infrastructure. We expect it to work seamlessly all the time. That's not realistic. Just like humans, these things have good days and bad days and factors that interfere with optimal performance. It's like we are addicts. We get used to feeling a certain "high" and when the technology doesn't deliver, we have a meltdown.
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5/19/2015 | 10:57:07 PM
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David, what about the oft-repeated research that suggests that once we jump from one task to another, it takes upward of 30 minutes to properly resume that first task? Each time I think I am going to accept this new data, I come back to that and the notion that task switching is detrimental. 
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