Skip to comments.Whites falling behind in smartphone usage, Nielsen study shows
Posted on 09/23/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT by spodefly
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I don’t drive a Catty, or very expensive Japanese or German car. I don’t feel the need for phony status.
Maybe these whites are smarter than their smartphones, ya think?
They refer to ‘us’ as white people.
Shouldn’t we DEMAND to be called Non AA, Non Asian, Non Hispanic etc or EuroAmericans?
My first ‘cell’ phone cost 3 grand, was hardwired in my vehicle and the ‘catch phrase’ of the day was “You won’t believe where I am calling you from” at the rate of .50 or so per minute CHARGED when phone was out of cradle.
Use it like crazy to 1st bill then start to ‘wise up’.
Whites receive disproportionately less in subsidized income than those other groups with the exception of Asians. I, for one, see no reason for a smartphone. I’m surrounded by computers throughout the day. Sure, it would be convenient at times or kind of fun. But so would a lot of things I don’t buy.
That $30 per month per person could be going into an emergency fund or funding a Roth IRA.
Me? I bought a flipphone that was waterproof so that I know the thing is getting through a 2-year contract.
All these little excess gadgets are happily collecting information on the users.
BTW did anyone see Dr Who last night? Think about it.
Was sarcasm. ;) We also are sailors. Don’t live on it but have a 40 ft Yorktown. I am actually trying to talk hubby into buying a motoryacht and moving on to it.
I file this one under “inequalities that do not bother me”.
Also, think about this:
What % of the Amish are white?
What % of the Amish use smart phones?
Of those Amish who do not use smart phones, how many of them feel it is a major source of unhappiness in their lives?
Live and let live.
This white guy is doing everything he can to manage his monthly nut. I have cut the cable (http://thebeersoncomcast.wordpress.com/) and the cell phone bill is in my sights. Of course, if someone else were paying my cable and phone bills, I’d go full boat on both.
The smarter the phones get and the more popular they become, more and more of my friends seem unable to communicate with me in person.
Instead, even during a visit, their heads are down and their eyes are focused on that tiny screen of their new toy. Occasionally they come up for air and say something meaningless, impersonal or off the subject I thought we were having.
The next time that happens I’m going to text them during the visit and see if they respond by text even though I’m in the same room.
I have a smart phone but I don’t pay for it my company does so how do the account for all the workers who are provided by the. Imps ids - seems this is a survey of the 47% and some self emPloyed and not a survey of everyone with a smart phone
I resisted a long time, but admit I love my iPhone. On my long daily walks, I listen to Rush, Levin, KSFO Morning Show, Cato Institute, et al; talk to relatives; map my walks and discover new trails; store my exercise log to Map My Run in the cloud; occasionally answer some work emails; check weather; take photos of plants I see that I like and want to put in my yard; and shoot pics of pretty scenery that I send to my kids when I’m walking. Today I came through our downtown and took some quick shots of the 200 Corvettes on display (magnificent cars) and sent them via SMS to my son at college. It is amazing to do all this on one small device.
When I’m driving, I now longer get the paper maps out of the glove box — I simply set the directions on the iPhone and it shows me the way, turn by turn.
Lastly, it provides great reading material in the can - FR, American Thinker, Drudge, Hot Air, et al. Don’t want to waste a minute of the day (except on FR!).
Gummint must be giving them free phones and paying the bill. You know, that tax we are paying so welfare people can get online for free.
I love my smartphone.Get all my email accounts,pics of the grandkids.Saw my last grandson after he was 5 minutes old on my smartphone.Bought an Ipod for my husband for Christmas.He loves talking into it and getting the answers.Bought a used Ipad on Amazon and we like it too.Best is the weather channel and watch the storms come in.Really neat.
Well, what a load of individuals.
Unfortunately, I think I'll never have any trouble making the case (what's having a better memory worth?).
We have a winner.
Its Android for me but the feeling are mutual. Rush, music, alarm clock,interactive calendar, radio, MP3 player, GPS, better camera than any camera I have ever owned and only $40 a month for unlimited everything. It was my Christmas and birthday present and so worth it.
I’m not quite as old as you but I have no intention of going back either. I did away with my home phone and just use the cellular.We don’t have any broadband here so my smartphone is a hotspot and my Internet connection. Beats dialup dramatically. So far knock on wood, I’m not getting all the robo calls that you get on a landline. I think a smartphone is a great invention.
You have obviously never owned a real camera, plus don't trust your GPS in the rural mountainous West or you may end up on a closed, snow covered, dirt road in the Winter and be stuck for weeks if not months. Happens all the time around here. I guess you could at least play games on your phone while waiting for help.
You are absolutely right. Never thought of it and don’t care now either. I charge it if I am going somewhere, stick it in my purse, and that’s about it. Like I said, I don’t even know the number.
What I want to know is where these people are getting the money to afford an expensive TOY such as this. Beyond not wanting to spend that kind of money for it, I’m also very uninterested in it. Count me in with the non-participating whites please.
I’m on the internet all day. The last thing I want is to have it tethered to me when I leave work or go outside the house.
It never ceases to amaze me how many semi-literate minorities I know who can use these gadgets for different things but lack basic English, math, or even filing skills.
The “digital divide” is not why these people struggle economically; it is misplaced priorities and social promotion in schools.
“What I want to know is where these people are getting the money to afford an expensive TOY such as this.”
Good question. I remember when I was younger acquaintances using the internet/PCs for dating sites, without ever learning how to use a spreadsheet, database, word processing program, etc. - they could use a PC to hook up, but not to earn a living. I see the same thing today with many minorities I work with (in low-skill, low-paying jobs).
Sometimes I just want to pull the plug on all this effin crap. I used to live without it! I traveled the world over and over with no cell phone. I think I need to get my sanity back and tell T-Mobile to take their $400 bill (due to a family emergency after years of underuse) and stuff it.
But diamonds are a girls best friend... :-)
I’m white, 64 and love my smartphone. It even an iPhone. :-)
ProtectOurFreedom, I’m pushing 70 and I can add a little bit to your list. I podcast Rush and listen, to him, anytime and to any show that interests me. I can track my children and grandchildren with the “Find iPhone” app. And yes, they can keep track of me. I love the “GPS Motion X” and “GPS Motion X Drive App.” Motion X has a new app that will record a persons heart rate. I still have to investigate it some more. My iPhone can even read any web page, to me.
I couldn’t read the model and serial number on my lawn tractor, so I simply took a picture, of the tag, with the numbers, enlarged the picture, on the phone, problem solved. I could go on and on. But, the best thing it helps keep me sharp and I love chatting with the young ones, they all enjoy helping me, with something new, that I may be having a problem with. And oh ya, sometimes I surprise them with something they can’t figure out.
You can bet we did fund this. I have so many phone numbers and other info in my brain, I am considered dangerous. I was requesting military orders for my section, and had the SSN, date of birth, and all the other info filled in. I just had to verify the home of record.
I asked an LTC if he still lived at a certain address, and he said "No, I live at (fill in the blank)". Then he looked at the desk for a folder or paper with his other info and asked me where I had all the other info for the entire section. I pointed to my head.
He looked shocked that I had all their personal info memorized. He said, "You could be a dangerous person being able to store all that info".
Because we don’t get free phones paid for by the government?
I have never owned an Apple product; I am too cheap and the company rubs me the wrong way. I do know what you mean however; I ended up buying a used Samsung Galaxy Tab android tablet through Ebay to use the built in GPS with aviation software in our airplane. The thing has turned out to be far more useful than I ever figured that it would be. It has amazing capabilities.
I find my self taking photos of things that I need reminders on. If I'm walking through town and see an interesting poster in a window, I take a quick photo for a later reminder (sign up for history walks, concerts, etc).
My kids and I shoot SMS text messages back and forth a lot with great scenic photos of where we are. My daughter moved to Whistler, BC a couple months ago for work and sent me some great shots of the park at the lake near Whistler Village today. The neatest thing was our family vacation in July 2011 for my 60th. We climbed Mt. Washburn, the tallest peak in Yellowstone Park, about 10,200 ft. At the top is a Ranger Station / Fire Outlook and a cell connection. The kids snapped photos on the peak and had them on Facebook in a minute or two and were getting responses from their friends right away!
That's a great idea about shooting photos of serial numbers! I can't see the numbers on my equipment without pulling it out of the rack. I can just shove the camera behind the rack and take a pic.
I saw a cool article about a new McClaren car being introduced in 2013 in our local paper today. It doesn't have a daily web page (yuck), so I snapped a pic of the photo in the newspaper and sent it to my son who's a huge McClaren fan.
I also dictate text messages to Siri when I'm driving or walking and shoot off SMS messages that way. MUCH faster than keyboarding.
It is truly an amazing machine.
I had a flip phone until 2009 and didn't think I “needed” a smartphone until I saw how much it can do for me. Yes, some idiots just use it to play games and announce when they take a crap on facebook but it is an almost limitless tool when used to its full potential.
Here are just a few of the things I used it for. I know there are other devices that can do the same and do them better but my phone does them ALL in a stand-alone package smaller than my wallet.
-Access 95% of the internet anywhere, anytime. Look up anything right away nomatter where you are. I'm typing this on my phone right now and maybe use my PC once a month to go online.
-Receive and respond to emails instantly, anywhere. I don't keep up with every email constantly but it has been crucial for negotiating time sensitive deals/issues that would otherwise force me to change plans. Instead of having to be tied down at home to write that time critical response, I can go anywhere I want and still respond instantly.
-Update or create practically any document anywhere and send it anywhere.
-Receive huge amounts of information from anyone in the world in real time. I can be out in the field practically anywhere in the world and receive a full set of plans/drawings of whatever I'm looking at. For some recently designed machinery and buildings, I can have a full 3D model sent to my phone. Once I was stalled in the desert with help 100+ miles away and manually reset the truck's faulty ECU with diagrams I instantly downloaded with my phone.
-A graphing calculator and fully programmable math simulator. Heck, I can program and debug in practically any language.
-Always carry a good amount of music with me. I can also access countless radio/TV stations around the world through the internet. Some commercial free.
-Carry all my favorite photos/videos with me.
-Stream practically any movie or download practically any book, anywhere. I can be stuck in some airport at 2am with nothing else around me and get anything I want.
-Take very decent 8MP photos and 1080 HD videos. During the day, the quality is equal to most point & shoots but in an even smaller package that does so much more. I only wish it had a real flash.
-Scan a barcode of any item I see in a store and instantly compare prices at other stores.
-As a digital compass and star mapper. You can point the phone anywhere in the night sky and it identifies every known object.
-As an impromptu voice recorder that can even instantly upload to the web. Great for encounters with law enforcement or getting records of heated meetings (where still legal).
-In NYC, you can use it to track buses via GPS and plan an optimal route with subways. It instantly takes delays into account. I haven't looked at a subway map or not known exactly when a bus comes in over a year.
-Complete integration with home security. If someone comes onto my property, it instantly triggers a motion sensor and alerts my phone. If I want, I can then turn on an instant video feed of my property and alert a neighbor/security if necessary. If you are worried about privacy with cameras inside the home, you can run your own server and encrypt all the feeds before they are sent over the web.
-As a GPS navigator that monitors traffic in real time. Mine is smaller than most stand-units. I drive to new places often and it has never been wrong. It is also useful for walking quickly through a new city. I travel all the time and haven't touched a paper map or written directions down in years.
-A decent GPS for hiking. You can pre-load satellite and terrain data and still use if the area is too remote for cell service.
-Send my personal documents to most wireless printers without having to touch someone else’s PC.
-As a wireless, portable video phone. It still blows my mind that I can be sitting in the passenger seat of a car and talk to someone on the other side of the world while seeing them.
-See live and predicted weather radar maps, anywhere. You can know exactly when the rain/snow will start/stop and better plan for it.
-Get many other apps or program the phone yourself to do just about anything. The sky isn't the limit.
Again, this isn't everything I have used it for and the thing is smaller than my frickin wallet. Truly an amazing tool.
I can tell you are a pretty smart guy, probably a technician or engineer. I’m an embedded systems guy. I made a flip remark because of the silly “whites falling behind” title :-)
I actually program the processors that power most smart phones and tablets, the ARM. .. a remarkable and very inexpensive micro controller.
What a stupid headline, absolutely true.
Are whites also the oldest on average?
I appreciate you pointing out all the amazing and in some cases semi-useful tasks that can be performed with our new phones and tablet computers. I am definitely with you... I love to dazzle people and especially my wife with the same types of electronic wizardry. (See honey this pocket sized electronic trinket was definitely worth $500 and a 2 year extension to our cellular contract!)
After owning “smart phones” since 2005 I am finally willing to admit to people (other than my wife) that I accomplish very little with my phones or tablet that increases my actual productivity. When I found out that the fire department was spending tens of thousands of dollars to buy iPhones for all of our Battalion Chiefs during a budget crisis... I have to admit that I planted my face in my palms and wondered what the hell they were thinking.
I can do about half that stuff without the phone. :)
I used the MotionX app at the restoring honor rally in DC. We had two groups meeting up. My group got there first, the other group coming in that morning. We scoped out our spot and then I got our GPS coordinates and sent them off to my friend in the other group.
They found us in a crowd of one million people. How cool is that?
With DHS monitoring every text and move...really cool.
It’s a smart phone - maybe they just asked the phone?
So I guess my question is, if you have one of the government free phones are you able to upgrade them to smart phones without paying much or anything?
I haven’t checked out what kind of phones you can get for free
Whites are also probably behind in the use of hydraulics and spinner rims on their automobiles, purchases of malt liquor, expensive tennis shoes and mouth grilles.
Folks who have limited funds and responsible financial management will place high-cost/high recurring-cost items like smartphones and their data plans fairly low on the list of priorities.
Those who aren’t smart enough to resist marketing hype and who don’t have to be financially responsible, are also more likely to have things that give the mere “appearance” of success.
What a beautiful picture,of you and your family! Have you ever heard Rush ask Siri questions on the air. Priceless. I literately crack up. My 4 doesn’t have Siri, but really seriously thinking of selling my phone, and upgrading.
Thank you re our family. That was a great vacation trip — best ever.
It was actually Rush who got me curious about Siri on my phone. I bought an iPhone 4s, but had never tried Siri until he started laughing about the response he got from it — and the mysterious response, as well. That’s when I discovered how useful it is. I just installed IOS 6 on my phone and it includes a lot of Siri enhancements that promise to be very useful.
Also, thanks for the tip on MotionX. I just bought the app. I love the idea of being able to find others in a huge crowd!
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