Addicted to thumb boxes

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las flores rosas near the pink barrio

“Thumb boxes are to the sheeple what a pacifier or rattler is to a baby.”

El 12 de octubre de 2013. Hola.  I got an e-mail the other day from someone who lives locally (en San Francisco) and she had read this article: The anti-social corporate social media networks and wrote that she agreed with it. She said she used to have lots of friends, but as each one of her friends bought thumb boxes (gadgets/”smartphones”) she and they became more and more distant. She said her friends no longer had time for her when she would make contact with them. They were on one app or another, or urgently texting someone about—what she called—”nothing remotely important.” With some of her previous friends, they would go out to lunch or dinner and she said she might as well have been sitting at home alone because her friends were more interested in their thumb box that they had brought with them than her. She would be talking with her friends as she used to and noticed that the person was paying no attention to her. She started grilling a couple of them on what she had just said to them and they couldn’t tell her because their toy (thumb box/gadget) was all they were focused on. On a personal note, I’ve seen people sitting at restaurant tables in San Francisco with their thumb box—some even bring their lap top and have that opened up on the table next to their plate—and other people sitting around the table without a thumb box. They can’t even put that thumb box away long enough to talk and socialize with the people around them and enjoy their food.

She asked me my opinion: What can be done about this addiction to thumb boxes, as some of us call them? Nothing can be done about it. The sheep are who and what they are. Easily programmed. Easily manipulated. They are extremely easily manipulated by the corporate media, by friends and peer pressure and they have been manipulated and programmed by corporate advertising for these thumb boxes (i.e. “everyone is doing it, you must too, you must have one and send a text to our television network” and “you don’t want to be left out, do you?”) that they think they are supposed to be on these thumb boxes at all hours. She said she’s not interested in taking part in the addiction as she doesn’t see it as being healthy. I agree. If I could pick up my PC and put it in my pocket and take it with me, I wouldn’t. I’d leave it here. She told me that some of her friends sleep with their thumb boxes and set their alarms to wake up to check them for text messages. So as I said, my opinion is that nothing can be done about them. I see what she’s talking about whenever I’m out and about. I’d estimate that 90% of the sheeple in San Francisco are completely addicted to these thumb boxes. They walk into people on the sidewalk. They walk out into traffic without looking either direction. They don’t seem at all concerned about their safety or about being in dark places late at night. They really act like fucking idiots frankly because what nut would be alone with a gadget late at night in a dark place where one can be mugged? That is not using very good sense. And there have been many muggings in San Francisco (50% of all crime recently in San Francisco has involved gadgets but that doesn’t seem to phase the sheeple if they’ve even heard about the muggings) and the same thing has happened in Oakland (across the Bay from San Francisco) involving thumb boxes. No, these thumb box addicts don’t seem at all concerned about any of this stuff as if the thumb box completely protects them. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to protect them but that seems to be their loco/a thinking.

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las flores naranjas near the pink barrio

Mi amiga and I have both looked at people’s thumb box screens whenever we’ve had the opportunity just to see what the hell is so important on that screen that has their undivided attention. So far, 100% of the time it’s nothing important. We’ve mostly seen people playing games on some app. A couple of people were texting with their thumbs but thumb box addicts we’ve observed have not been on a noticias/news site or anything important. Thumb boxes are to the sheeple what a pacifier or rattler is to a baby. That’s how I see them. Just something to entertain the sheeple and keep them distracted from what’s really important in the world. The world could be on the verge of blowing up but they wouldn’t know anything about it, and probably wouldn’t care if you told them. SO, my suggestion: Forget about them as best you can. It’s their problem; their addiction. They’re the ones being followed and tracked and I guess they don’t care about that either, or do they even know about it?! It’s their thumbs and their repetitive motion syndrome. As best you can just ignore them, even when they walk right smack into a wall or traffic without looking—which some do—too busy squinting at that screen. At some point in time (it may not be for awhile), because of the sheeple’s short attention span and because the sheeple are easily bored with things, the sheeple may tire of this shit and throw the things in the basura/trash where they belong. The sheeple may even start talking with one another again. But until there’s a major economic collapse of some sort and people can’t afford these waste-of-time thumb boxes, they will stay addicted to them just as smokers do with their cigarettes. From what I can tell the addiction is just as strong, and with some people stronger. I’ve seen some people grab for that thumb box first and then their cigarette. So just ignore them and enjoy seeing the world. Their world is that screen.  Addicted to a thumb box.  What a way to live life.  Chau.—rosa barrio 

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