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That is exeactly my impression - that quite a few people has sm (that abbreviation had a different meaning a few years ago!) as their sole form of interaction.
I have a number of "friends" who, when we sit down for a cup of coffee or a beer, put their smartphone on the table before the cup/glass is there, to dive into som SM app. I don't need to say a word. In fact, it disturbs them. First I have to make some sound to catch their attention, and then, what I say must be more interesting than what the smartphone provides. Especially one of my friends never care to let me speak the sentence to the end before he interrupts me with some "uhuh"-like sound and dives into his phone again. His social obligation was fulfilled by looking up.
I no longer invite people to come to me to see that movie I was talking about (I have got a decent projector and movie room): Three out of four times, my invitation is met with: "I can probably find it on Netflix myself". A friend of mine really wanted to read a book that I own; I said he could borrow my copy. But no: He never read paper books any more, so if I couldn't provide a digital copy, he would try to find it on some book streaming service.
Being digital and internet isn't enough: At least two of my friends do have email addresses, but check their inbox biweekly, at most every week. If something is urgent, it has happened that I send them an SMS to ask if they have any comments. The standard answer is "I have looked at it, but haven't had time to study it closely". Yeah, right. Both have zero understanding for my rejection of FB.
Twenty years ago, there was a Swedish youth movie marketed internationally as "Show me love" (the original title, "F**ing Åmål", was not acceptable in the free and liberal USofA). This was when the most advanced mobile phones had polyphonic ring tones, but the teenage boys were extremely fascinated them, comparing ring tones and thickness and lenght and games and whathaveyou. A really funny episode is when one of the girls makes repeated tries to catch the attention of her boyfriend, but he is so immersed in comparing mobiles that he ignored the girl completely. So she gives up, walks over to the fixed-line phone, in the same room, and calls him up. To that he responds! - and she breaks up with him over the phone
20 years ago, that was really funny. Nowdays: That's the way you do it, isn't it? Except that you use FB or some other SM thing, rather than an old style phone.
Sometimes I say to myself that maybe "sm" is not redefined that much (as seen from an old-style "human values" point of view).
I had a friend who claimed she stripped naked and stood in front of her boyfriend in order to distract him for a few moments from his phone. He got interested in her and things were looking better but then his phone dinged and he went back to look at it! She got dressed, left and has never spoken to him since.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Possibly a restaurant table used by outgoing folks that sent all their food back?
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
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"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Eh, I've got one confirmed case about that far away from me as well.
Think about it this way. You'll either get it or you won't. If you do get it you'll either die or you won't. With the mortality rate, odds are you'll be fine even if you do end up with it. Live your life, don't panic, be responsible, so on so forth.
Yeah. And when you think "it's a 3% death rate" that's kinda understandable. When you rephrase that to "225,000,000 people will die" it becomes rather more serious ... same figures, different way to look at them.
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I thought that the world's greatest expert on everything said...
I never said anything of the kind!
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What was the death rate among the natives when white man arrived in The New World?
Among whites, e.g. measels was an everyday matter. When we were kids, we visited friends and schoolmates having caught measels, hoping to be infected so that we would build up a lifelong immunity against further attacks. Nowadays, measels are viewed as something close to the Black Death, in some populations that never had any resistance or immunity.
At least in principle, corona may in a similar way hit some population groups harder than others. If it hits certain groups really bad, who would then collect your garbage? Who would then clean the toilets at your workplace? Who would sweep the streets? Who would pick the fruit when they start to ripen?
Or, what if other groups are hit much worse than the Chinese: If White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants, aryans, sees a death toll ten times as high as that of the Asians (maybe even higher among well-fed, somewhat alcoholized 40+ males), could that have significant impact on the international economic, or other, order?
It doesn't have to be the current corona virus. It could be the next virus infection, or the one after that. In any case, we should not forget how differently New World populations reacted to Western virus infections, compared to "us" (granted, I am aware that a fair number of readers of this do not belong in the "us" group in the sense "of old world descent - I trust you to get may point, nevertheless). There is no guarantee that "we", the aryans, will be those who can handle the next wave of virus infections. We are certainly not the ones who are best protected against the spread.
Many Western societies are of very mixed population - at one count, the company I work for had employees of 37 nationalities (that includes the sales force all over the world). Could we entirely loose any of them, without the company taking a severe blow? Certainly not the guys from India! Or the Russians! Or the Poles! Or the Chinese! And the Finns! We have surprisingly few co-workers from our nearest neighbours, like Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England, but a loss of them would nevertheless be very dramatic. As a Norwegian company, the majority of the leadership (as well as the old core of professonal experts) is Norwegian. If we had a major hit against all of traditional Norwegaian descent, that would be the end of our activities. I cannot imagine that non-Norwegian survivors would be able to fill all the positions required to continue operation.
I don't think the world has seen its last Black Death-level pandemic. I am far from certain that Western aryans will be those who are most resistant to it when it comes. And then I am far from certain that Western aryans will be as dominating as they are today, after the world recovers from the pandemic.