For TV viewers, hottest channel is social network

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 8:57 AM

As viewers rally around social media, watching TV is becoming a team sport.

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tnucklDec. 2, 12 3:54 AM

Unshaven, large, sitting on the couch with three screens on and no one in the room...I'd say big brother has arrived. Its not real conversation without eye contact, voice fluctuation, hand gestures and body movement. These people are living in a world of statement...waiting and hoping for a response. Not true connection. I'm 50 years old with 8 and 5 year old children. It just saddens me to watch the plethora of young parents that seem to care more about their phones than their kids. You see it at stores and at playgrounds. Kids looking up at Mommy or Daddy and waiting for them to finish texting or looking at something on their phone. PS-I think it's pure irony that my spell check doesn't seem to recognize the word texting!!! Try it.

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jdlellis1Dec. 2, 12 9:46 AM

Neal Justin knows his craft thus this article carries credibility. Thus, that is the scary part. A growing generation of people are incapable of concentrated thought and view social networking as opposed to human interaction as the be all and end all. The problem...there is no depth, no substance and reactionary commentary. Sad!

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cosmicwxdudeDec. 2, 1210:43 AM

I think I'll just play my guitar and write some music....I'll use my phone and computer to augment but I will play in front of and with real people when I'm not practicing. TV shows are a bore.

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dizzydjDec. 2, 12 1:15 PM

To everyone: Don’t knock my beard. I haven’t fully shaven in years. Also, yeah I know I am bigger than the norm, but I’ve lost 40 pounds in the last year because I realized this. @tnuckl: Using your logic, would you consider phone calls illegitimate conversation? The person you are talking to isn’t in the room, so using your logic (sans the voice fluctuation), it can’t be. I certainly can hold my own in the real world – I actually enjoy speaking in front of people. It isn't like I don't work in an office with other people that I have engaging conversations with all the time, or how I met my wife or anything like that. Also, I don't have kids, yet. Maybe this is a byproduct of just having too much time on my hands, but in the same breath all the time I spend with social media would be reinvested in my kids. That doesn't mean I am condoning young parents that suck at being parents. There are lots of young parents that shouldn't be parents, plain and simple. @jdlellis1: Social Networking isn't human interaction, so I would never replace that. It is, however, an outlet for me to meet people that I otherwise would never know that they exist. I love speaking and being in front of people while doing so -- therefore it isn't social anxiety. If I didn't have attention span, I wouldn't be able to finish my Masters degree, be a functional adult or a functional member of society. Enjoying technology doesn’t mean you’re a social hermit.

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tnucklDec. 2, 12 4:58 PM

Nice comeback Dizzy...I respectfully disagree on the phone thought though. You at least get that spontaneous conversation with voice soul. Certainly the closest to face to face conversation one could have without being there. Sorry to generalize, but am so sick of the lethargy of so many of my kids peers. And there is just a general largeness to so many kids. So many in my son's 2nd grade class can't do basic math or spell or even hold a pencil correctly. Your probably a very nice guy...sorry for the rant.

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arielbenderDec. 3, 12 8:12 AM

The technology is fine and certainly valid. What I find troubling is that so many people seem to feel the need to share every waking thought. Seriously, who has time for this?

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dizzydjDec. 3, 12 3:15 PM

@arielbender: Me! :p It isn't about sharing everything on Twitter, FB, etc. I use Twitter for very legitimate reasons, like posing technical questions to my peers, people I have networked with at conferences, other workplaces, etc. However, I do use it to kill a few minutes standing in line, throughout commercial breaks and when ever I feel like engaging in a conversation I can't have in real life due to any number of constraints. @tnuckl: Yeah, I fear the next generation of children. Parenting and common sense has disappeared, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I want to say it is too many young parents that don't understand what parenting really is, but then I consider that skills aren't taught in our schools anymore. So, the mix of lack of parenting, bizarrely entitled youth and a lack of common sense just doesn't add up anymore.

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