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New toys

It’s amazing how fast new applications spread all over the internet and cellular phones.
I remember when Bbm first started, no one had heard of it, but Whatsapp existed in iPhones only; so people started buying blackberry phones so they could use this application. When we were able to download Whatsapp on all types of phones Bb messaging became a bit useless, so people moved on and followed the trend.
Now Bbm is back for all phones, and most people, even those that already have their friends on Whatsapp are downloading it just to follow the in-crowd. Will it ever stop; I wonder.

Now to game applications, I remember back when Snake was the biggest hit, then came Temple Run and all touch-screen games. When Candy Crush was first made no one was playing it unless they knew a friend that had it, so they developed it to fit on facebook, make sure you need to have your friends play as well to get past levels, and all of a sudden everyone is playing it.

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What about instagram? I’m not sure if any other picture enhancement application has been developed but the way it spread was the scariest, suddenly people decided they can take “pro” pictures by simply instagram-ming them and sharing.

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I studied Photography for a year in College and have friends that actually work for hours just to get a perfect picture. Is this trend going to erase the actual photography masters? I hope not!

How about this newly found, simple to use by everyone comic strip BitStrip? I tried to ignore it for a few days, but it just took over my facebook homepage; and honestly it is fun, but kind of reminds me of ICQ chat rooms where we used to send: *toutsi pushes lenny*, *mark cuddles toutsi* etc Any of you remember these? They used to exist before emoticons took over our messaging systems. Now BitStrips got them back in a more graphical way.

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Unfortunately people started using them as status for Facebook. I think it sometimes gets dumb, and hopefully will eventually die out and stick around simply for events and interesting stuff.

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It’s pretty amazing how new toys can become so trendy so fast, simply to be able to say, yeah I got it too, aren’t I cool?

T.

Bbm Vs Whatsapp… or the loss of human contacts?

So I have to say, I don’t usually care much about such trivial matters, but this subject has been taking up too much space on my Facebook newsfeed, so therefore have decided to point it out and deal with it accordingly.

Whatsapp versus blackberry messaging: the epic battle of two new titans in today’s lebanese crowd (I wouldn’t say youth since all generations alike have been sparring on the battlefield).

Since Android and Apple have decided to provide their services with bbm, a lot of quarrels have risen. Part of the consumers have decided to re – embrace the bbm services while others decided it would be best to stick around to whatsapp.

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At first it started with random people posting their new bb pin as a status, as well as taking screenshots (quite a normal thing is you ask me) on Facebook.
After a week or so other crowds started attacking them with sayings such as: [original] “fle2oona ba3ed bb pins PLZ, instead of evolving you go back in time” (C.A) [translated]: overwhelm us more with bb pins PLEASE”.
Others decided to make jokes out of them:

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Which is the Arabic alphabet song (G.K). Even (lebanese) joke sited have joined in the battle of pushing down the spread of bb messaging addiction by posting funny pictures:

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Some people’s comments were even judgemental:

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I honestly don’t care if you shift back to bbm or stick to whatsapp. Last time I checked we were all born with the right to have our own preferences and make our own choices.

The bigger issue I find is the tele -communication between our peers.  Conversations have evolved a lot during the past years and centuries, they have gone from face to face, to letters being sent out, to land lines; and nowadays I rarely see a person using their phones to actually talk; messaging had taken over our lifestyle wherever we are.

Look around you in restaurants, pubs, clubs, beach, and ski slopes etc.  People are always on their phones, whether it be messaging, talking, or even playing games.

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We have forgotten how to talk face to face with each other and grown shy of our thoughts, ideas, and even from sitting alone.

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The fake proximity that technology provided us with has been gradually destroying our actual emotions (now replaced with emoticons), reactions (now replaces with Lol, Wtf etc), and the physical proximity of the next of kin which our ancestors have been longing for and craving in the past.

So while you’re all fighting over Bbm vs Whatsapp; this same technology that is supposed to “bring you closer together” has been pushing you further apart right under your nose; but you don’t even see it…

T.

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