Busted! The sneaky moves of anti-social smartphone users

In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world — where the experience we’re having right now is less interesting than what we’ll tweet about it later.


4 Responses to Busted! The sneaky moves of anti-social smartphone users

  1. I've never understood the importance people put in cellphones or blogging(in any way, shape or form). Sure, I call people and talk to them on occasion, but I won't pick up the phone when I'm face to face with someone unless asking if they mind.

    So I do agree with him.

  2. Great presentation. I actually do those moves- checking the cellphone, or texting in front of someone specifically to be rude to them in a socially acceptable way.

  3. This is so true. I especially liked the part about how people will be together, but the important thing isn't what they're doing, it's what they'll tweet/post about it later. I'll be at dinner with my friends and we'll realize all of us have our phones out and are talking to other people. Oops. Guilty.

  4. And Bluetooth only makes this worse!

    For God's sake, could you be any more self-important than to stroll around all day with a Bluetooth headset on? It's as if you're saying, "The Pentagon may very well be calling any moment now and I've got to be perpetually poised to take that ever-so-vital call. When in reality, it's almost always just your bud, Jimbo, calling to say, "Dude… whatcha doin'?"

    People seem to have become so fixated with cell phones that they can't fathom that we actually survived – and reasonably well – for decades without these nasty little attention-leeches.

    Cell phones steal the independence and rationale from those who carry them. People no longer mentally map out what they'll be doing for the remainder of the day. Instead, they just wander blindly off into the day, knowing that they're always a button-press away from somebody who'll swoop in & rescue their silly spontaneous selves at the last minute.

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