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    Power of Social Media - Philippines

    Numerous surveys show the Philippines has the highest usage of social media sites in the world.

    We have (had) two young maids. Glued to their fucking phones 24/7. Wife finally got fed up. Told them no phones during the day other than a hour after lunch....just like a real job.

    Both quit - instantly.

    Unreal. No education, no skills, no job prospects, no money - but they do have that fucking phone.

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    It's because Filipino women are so social and gregarious. Twenty years ago I heard that they spent more time on the phone than women in any other country.

    When I was there I was targeted by a few wanting to get to know me, and they knew exactly how to string out a conversation, even by SMS.

    My current internet provider uses Filipino call centres and they're very friendly, but it's hard to get em to shut up sometimes.
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    ^ And that's it?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Numerous surveys show the Philippines has the highest usage of social media sites in the world.

    We have (had) two young maids. Glued to their fucking phones 24/7. Wife finally got fed up. Told them no phones during the day other than a hour after lunch....just like a real job.

    Both quit - instantly.

    Unreal. No education, no skills, no job prospects, no money - but they do have that fucking phone.
    The waitstaff at the resorts restaurants I've stayed at have had the same affliction. A couple have posted something, and while I'm in the restaurant eating and surfing the net they've posted a selfie, I've commented on the pic, and got a reply quicker than I got my next beer.

    That said, Filipinas are lovely lasses, and I would like to set up shop with one when I move to the Philippines.

    Side note: every dog and his/her neighbour is a phone addict these days. Quite distressing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Both quit - instantly.
    Seriously? Well, you're obviously better off without those two with an attitude like that. It's hard to fathom how someone with no job prospects would choose social media over pesos in the pocket.
    Perhaps they were both on dating sites and took the gamble that a nice Western man will be along soon.

    Next time you advertise, clearly you'll have to stipulate the rules.

    I'd read (on here, I think) that Thais have the highest use of FB per capita in the world.

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    If you live in PI, the unit of phone you use and the # of hours you waste using it is a big indicator of one's social status.

    Pathetic, but true.

    E.g. Loads of maids live in FB and have hundreds of texts m8s (Textmates). They love to forward crazy chain txts.

    The Hi-so barely use text and mostly call / use the net.

    At the end of the day, Flippers are easygoing people and love to enjoy life. For some reason, mobile phones captured the interests, souls and hearts of millions of Flippers. With all the shitty things that's happening in PI, who can blame the masses for clinging on to their beloved cellphones for a bit of fun and salvation?
    I am so unlucky that if I fall into a barrel full of D*ick**s, I'd come out sucking my own thumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    Next time you advertise, clearly you'll have to stipulate the rules.
    Common sense would seem to dictate you spend more time on your job than the
    phone. Seems to be a huge problem with this generation.

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    ^^Dunno about 'salvation'. 'Diversion', maybe.

    Clearly big brother won't need screens on a wall, so Orwell got that wrong.

    As a problem in the classroom it has worsened x10 over the last 5 years where I am. And around the campus it's like they are hypnotised, when just a few years ago the atmosphere was chatty and friendly.

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    wasn't a typo... salvation was the word I wanted to use.

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    [quote=GracelessFawn;3549785]

    If you live in PI, the unit of phone you use and the # of hours you waste using it is a big indicator of one's social status.

    Well, that's me fucked then with my 13 year old dumb Nokia $100 (when new) phone.

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    ^^No, I wasn't suggesting it was a typo.

    What 'salvation' does it bring, joining the walking dead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Perhaps they were both on dating sites and took the gamble that a nice Western man will be along soon.
    No chance. Ugly and zero language skills. Not to mention stupid and about as interesting as a Cold Pizza post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    As a problem in the classroom it has worsened x10 over the last 5 years where I am. And around the campus it's like they are hypnotised, when just a few years ago the atmosphere was chatty and friendly.
    Quite probably, the one and only benefit to teaching military cadets. They cannot have a phone. (Only caught/found one in three years)

    That said, I used to teach in the private sector (Saudi) and the phone use was incredible. Some guys had 3 different phones (all connected). One for family, one for friends and one for love interests.

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    Eventually, this addiction will kill off any physical interaction with others. If you relate to others via social media, you have no need to compromise.
    bit like the tossers on here who hide behind the ignore button. It leads to anti social attitudes and behaviours.

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    Quite the sub-genre here:
    https://medium.com/startup-grind/bes...y-7528697b4834

    This one got me off Facebook for a year and a half:



    Is social media taking over your life? There’s an app for that
    Is social media taking over your life? There’s an app for that | The National

    ^ F'kin hell. 555555

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    bit like the tossers on here who hide behind the ignore button. It leads to anti social attitudes and behaviours.
    Now you're reaching so bad the buttons on your overstuffed short-sleeved shirt are gonna pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Perhaps they were both on dating sites and took the gamble that a nice Western man will be along soon.
    No chance. Ugly and zero language skills. Not to mention stupid and about as interesting as a Cold Pizza post.
    Shame he never made it there. Did word get back to him about your welcoming party?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    I read halfway before the page blurred and a pop up told me I had to sign up to get updates to be able to carry on reading.

    It can fuck itself, thanks.

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    ...and Ben Elton is, of course, a total wanker.

    Hick seems a decent sort, but his 'taste' in the arts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    We have (had) two young maids. Glued to their fucking phones 24/7. Wife finally got fed up. Told them no phones during the day other than a hour after lunch....just like a real job.

    Both quit - instantly
    Dont suppose you got their Line ID's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post

    Line ID
    What's a line ID?

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    QUOTE="Davis Knowlton"]What's a line ID?[/QUOTE]
    Its a Filipina lesbian maid alfresco webcam site.


    Did you know that Nokia you have has been released again ?

    50 usd now too

    https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-3310

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    Line is the reason I bought a smartphone, Davis. My phone bill has come down drastically.

    The other week, I went to have a Thai massage. While face down, I noticed the young woman using only one hand and and sometimes stop completely for a few seconds. When I looked around, she was playing with her phone. The shop owner could see very well what she was doing and said nothing, so I told her to put her phone down. I'm not going to that shop any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post

    ...and Ben Elton is, of course, a total wanker.
    He moved from Pomgolia to Australia so I'd say the state of the play is that he is only a 50% wanker.

    He did create " The Young Ones " so in reality I'd call him a genius.

    Anyone who can create brilliance like that certainly aint no Wanker really.

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    @davis - Line is a smartphone app, which you can use to text, call and send stupid emojis with. You need wifi or data/net to use it. It's not commonly used in PI. Ppl here use viber, whatsapp or skype. Or FB messenger. (So ppl, don't ask me for my Line ID, bcos I don't use it!) 555

    Davis, your dumb phone would be considered Jurassic by today's standards. But hey, I have a Nokia dumbphone too. Great battery life. I have 2 phones, a smart one and a dumb one. So I can choose to be smart or dumb. Heh...

    ****

    What GF said above is true - the make & brand of phone here denotes status. So since I have an old, low-tech 4 y.o. smartphone, I don't have social status as well. When I ride the jeepney, I often see students and factory workers (who are in uniform) who have nicer phones than mine. Oh well...

    ****

    But then, phone addiction is everywhere. In every country I've been to recently, ppl are glued to their phones like zombies. They don't talk anymore, esp while waiting for the bus or MRT. Sad society...

    I've a colleague who has teenage kids. She said that if she talks / orders the kid to do chores, the kid doesn't respond. The kid is upstairs, mom is downstairs. She then messages the kid on FB, few minutes later, the kid is downstairs and will grudgingly do chores. Smartphones - the bane of our existence...
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