iSocial

Why is it that iPhone users are no longer capable of holding a conversation with a group of their friends, family or colleagues without showing off said iPhone? Granted this is a slight generalisation, but walk into almost any bar or pub and odds are you’ll see plenty of people with their iPhones showing off the latest pointless application. Why? What has happened to the art of the conversation? And why is it always iPhone users?

Take the iPint application. Why in god’s name my mates feel the need to show this off when we’re sat in the pub is a mystery. ‘Oh wow look at you pretending to drink your iPint, how witty and clever. In a pub of all places! Wow!’ Instead I’d rather stick with my real pint, it lasts longer, looks better and I’m pretty sure it’ll be more refreshing.

Cue the iphone user putting down their iPint, wiping away the iFroth from around their mouth, oh and now look, it’s a iLight saber! Fantastic – oh and now they’re having a iFight with someone else and their iPhone. Wonderful. How could this get any better you might be asking? Well having dispensed with iDarth Vader they’re now having an iGame of iGolf. In the pub. Why? If our conversation was boring them that much they could always go home, they could take the iBus.

Now don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is a great bit of kit, it has integrated so many different technologies it is staggering. But why on earth people lose their social skills when they get one is beyond me. If you’re writing a text, making a call or even checking the football scores – then using your phone when you’re sat in a group is fine. Even checking your emails if you’re on a working lunch or expecting something important. But please, when you’re next sat in the pub or at dinner with your friends, put the iPhone down, back in your bag – where ever, and try talking to your mates like you used to.

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3 Responses to iSocial

  1. Stazza says:

    I totally agree on the application front, especially when it’s only a one-person game! How anti-social and rude.

    However, my housemate is the only one in our house that has the iphone and I find it pretty sociable… take the other day in the pub as an example : My girl housemate is on a dating website and she used the iphone to log on to her account and give us the low-down on ‘who’s hot and who’s not’ on the single scene. As you can only imagine, that certainly got the conversation (and jokes) flowing and certainly didn’t involve any virtual pint sipping.

    I say, if you’re going to use it in the pub, use it to inititate conversation, not block yourself off from the group. If all else fails, try another trick that’s being mastered in our house … change your mate’s iphone pin code to boycott its use at social gatherings!

  2. straw000 says:

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  3. putsimply says:

    Darren, you should keep your mates away from this blog – http://www.taptaptap.com/blog/10-useful-iphone-tips-and-tricks/ – as it will only give them more ideas for things to do with their phone. I have to say, I think you might just be jealous though!

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