Partial Transcript: Episode 45 (Smart Phones & Society)
Andrew: Smart phones have kind of ruined dinners for quite a few people.
Nick: One person at this table cannot go through dinner without holding their phone directly in front of their face.
Andrew: Are you staring at me?
Nick: I was talking about Mike.
Mike: That’s not true.
Group: Oh! It is true.
Nick: I’ve never had a meal with you that didn’t involve a phone in my face.
Virginia: At least once in every meal, your phone comes out.
Andrew: I do that too. I try to make it quick.
Nick: Mike just holds his up. He blocks everybody’s face with it. And he’s got the world’s biggest phone since smart phones now come in large screen television sizes.
Andrew: What Mike’s doing is streaming the conversation on Twitter.
Nick: He’s reading Reddit. Then he flips the phone around and goes, “Look at this, guys.” And it’s so tiny that there’s no way for anyone else to read it.
Andrew: Would it be better or worse if it were a tablet?
Mike: It’s only a Galaxy Nexus.
Nick: It’s pretty much a fablet. It’s bigger than the small iPad.
Virginia: I’ve done it.
Nick: And I’ve done it too. I keep it to a minimum.
Andrew: I try to as well. Unless there’s an argument that needs to be settled.
Nick: Then it’s Google to the rescue.
Andrew: Everyone is Googling as fast as they can.
Virginia: And if you’re wrong, you just sort of put the phone back in your pocket.
Andrew: “So… on to a different topic…”
Virginia: Have you ever had the situation where you’re sort of fighting with your spouse, and you’re both on your cell phones to avoid conversations?
Nick: I’ve been on dates where it’s not going well, so you try to avoid eye contact. “Look I got a text message!”
Mike: I have seen couples who won’t talk, so they only send text messages.
Virginia: I have sent text message upstairs to ask for things.
Nick: My neighbor does that. His wife sends him text messages, even though he’s just out the door.
Andrew: I have sent text messages to my wife while we were in the same apartment because we were out of toilet paper, and I couldn’t get up.
Virginia: Why would you write that down?
Andrew: HELP! We need toilet paper! I just figure it’s better than calling out her name.
Nick: You’re like bent over and yelling out to her!!
Andrew: One of the things that I do like about smart phones is that I don’t have waiting in line anymore.
Virginia: You’re not kidding.
Andrew: I’m a little ADD, and I used to hate standing in line. Now I browse Reddit until I get to the checkout. Anywhere I would normally be twiddling my phone, I can now do something somewhat productive sometimes.
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