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Old 12-05-2013, 13:08
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I have noticed a lot recently about how to get Wifi, where to use I Pads, E pads, I pods, Dongles, Dingles,Twitter, facebook,Eb3's!!!!!!! and god knows what else.!!!!!!.
By all means bring your mobile, in case of emergency, but you are in the most beautiful part of Mallorca, if not the whole World!!!!. Get out and explore the splendour of the north of this island, the beaches, PP, Cala, Pollensa Town, Valdemossa, Deya, Sa Calobra, Lluc, Soller etc etc. You are on holiday!!!!, leave the technology behind and ENJOY!!!!!
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Can't. I'm bringing the Missus.
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Ronnie, How right you are. I often remark to my better half about folk with their faces transfixed looking down at a screen. Might as well stay at home. I remember last September sitting in the square at the cultural bar next to a table of 5 adults. For around 2 hours they all sat as if in a trance looking at screens in front of them. The only conversation was a brief pause while they showed the person next to them something on their particular device. If that's where society is heading you can have it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 17:44
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It is very easy to make judgements about people without knowing what might be going on! Perhaps people are running a business which means they need to be on hand 24/7 to keep that business going!
Gosh how many times have we seen a post about 'bad service', as an example - maybe being able to log on stops one of those posts!

It may well be a first holiday for parents away from their children and they need to FaceTime to catch up - what's wrong with that! We don't know people's agendas and heck why not do whatever you want to do - afterall it is a holiday! We live in a world of technology - like it or loath it - it is here! Live and let live - online or not!
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I have noticed a lot recently about how to get Wifi, where to use I Pads, E pads, I pods, Dongles, Dingles,Twitter, facebook,Eb3's!!!!!!! and god knows what else.!!!!!!.
By all means bring your mobile, in case of emergency, but you are in the most beautiful part of Mallorca, if not the whole World!!!!. Get out and explore the splendour of the north of this island, the beaches, PP, Cala, Pollensa Town, Valdemossa, Deya, Sa Calobra, Lluc, Soller etc etc. You are on holiday!!!!, leave the technology behind and ENJOY!!!!!
I agree with you in principal - I cannot stand the obsession that some people have with their mobiles and the apparently rudeness and lack of social interaction this can bring.

However, as Eleanor correctly observes, not everyone has a holiday where the moment they leave the office their responsibilities stop. I for one have my own business, and that means that during my holiday I have to deal with emails and provide quotes to my prospective clients.

If I don't do this, not only is there the direct cost of the holiday, but also the cost of work that I am unable to undertake whilst I am away. If I then ignore potential enquries, people don't hang around - They go elsewhere and there is the further cost of opportunities lost.

Times are difficult at the moment, and like many, I cannot afford to lose work, as it is what pays for my much-loved holidays. My business isn't big enough to employ somebody to do these things whilst I am away.

I try to keep my work to a few hours every few days, and I go somewhere seperate to the villa to do it (so as not to associate it with work), but to some of us it is a necessity, not a silly technology obsession.

So if you see a middle aged man working diligently at the public computer in your hotel lobby, whilst the sun is shining outside, it may be sad-old-me. Probably trying to keep the money coming in to pay for those treasured few weeks a year I try to get in PP!

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It is very easy to make judgements about people without knowing what might be going on! Perhaps people are running a business which means they need to be on hand 24/7 to keep that business going!
Gosh how many times have we seen a post about 'bad service', as an example - maybe being able to log on stops one of those posts!

It may well be a first holiday for parents away from their children and they need to FaceTime to catch up - what's wrong with that! We don't know people's agendas and heck why not do whatever you want to do - afterall it is a holiday! We live in a world of technology - like it or loath it - it is here! Live and let live - online or not!
Eleanor, i do see your point but in some ways i am with the others on this one. It does irritate me when in a restaurant for a nice dinner when you constantly hear ringtones from mobiles and people on ipads/pods etc, surely people can turn the technology off just for an hour while they are eating.
I actually think it's rather rude, not only to the people they are with but also to the waiting staff.
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Eleanor that's just what my husband has to do or we would never be able to have a holiday;clients will quickly take their business elsewhere if you don't respond to an email for a quote or whatever within a day or so.
Having wifi in a villa off the beaten track can help to get out and explore as well we do. You can;
Check out the weather before setting off on a 20KM walk, some sites give hourly forecasts which help when planning especially out of season
Book tables at restaurants without having to phone or go in to town as you don't know the phone number!
Look up bus and train time tables
Check in for your flight home (Ba and Flybe)
Check out opening times, useful in winter when they are a bit hit and miss.
The kids do facetime their mates and grand parents, showing them around the villa and pool. It's like a living post card! But believe me we get out and about, we must have walked 120km or more on the island over the last three trips (Nov, Feb and April)
Embrace technology and please don't make judgements. Having said that I can't stand seeing children and teenagers playing games on hand consoles at the dinner table! May be I'm a Luddite too?
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Glad you agree with me. Technology is a part of everyday life and my Iphone is part of my body! It is a useful and often an essential tool for getting through life. I can certainly see Sparky's point and perhaps to turn to silent during a meal in consideration of others is something to think about.

As for being anti social i'm afraid I can not agree as technology gives the opportunity of being everything but anti social. I for one have met lots of new friends through the use of technology. These people I would probably have never crossed paths with and I am truly thankful. I wonder how many friendships have formed by the use of this site as an example? I would suggest many and long may it continue - just think what the future might bring after all who had internet 10/15 years ago!
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I agree that it can be annoying for people to use mobiles etc in restaurants however people are probably taking advantage of the free wifi in the restaurant!
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As for being anti social i'm afraid I can not agree as technology gives the opportunity of being everything but anti social.
I agree that it gives endless options to socialise, but also using the technology can be anti-social to others.

For example, phones ringing in a restaurant, continuing a conversation whilst speaking to an assistant in a shop, talking louder than necessary are all things that probably niggle others a bit.

I personally think that it is a bit weird when I see people sat together, and all they do is socialise on their phones, whilst not exchanging a word with the person next to them?!

Each to their own - Maybe I am just an old fart...
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Old 12-05-2013, 19:31
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I think there is a crossover actually. Technology generally, including mobile phones are powerful life tools but can often be used as a means to rudeness too. There is nothing more annoying than being ignored in favour of a ringing phone or listening to a conversation in an inappropraite place. This is plain rude and I think that phones in themselves are such an accepted extention to a person that often there is little thought of others.

The phone is very much a barrier and not only does it happen with mobiles. I have lost count of the number of times I have stood in a que at the doctors to be ignored as call after call is taken.

It does seem a shame that people visit PP and wonderful restaurants and feel they are unable to turn their phone off for a couple of hours. Free wifi is a consideration of course as it may be the only opportunity for some to check their emails etc but to do that does not interfere with others.
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It does seem a shame that people visit PP and wonderful restaurants and feel they are unable to turn their phone off for a couple of hours. Free wifi is a consideration of course as it may be the only opportunity for some to check their emails etc but to do that does not interfere with others.
I think that you are right. I wonder if we are also more sensitive to this when we are on holiday? You sort of accept these things when it is a working lunchtime in the UK, but when you are off on holiday, I think that the interuption of a ringing phone reminds us of work, the one thing that most want to forget.

Still, I would'nt want to turn the clocks back and not have a mobile with me when I'm away. It only seems like yesterday that every night the public telephones outside the Vora Mar supermarket had long queues of us, waiting patiently with a handful of pasetas to call home...
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Oh yes I remember those day too! The first time my son visited PP without us on his first 'grown up' holiday, we had an arrangement that he should call me at a certain time each day just so I knew all was ok. You guessed - one day the call didn't come and my mind played overtime with thoughts of what could have happened. Needless to say it was just a teenage rebellion but to me the end of my world as I knew it! How lucky we are to live in a world of convenience and texts!
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Oh yes I remember those day too! The first time my son visited PP without us on his first 'grown up' holiday, we had an arrangement that he should call me at a certain time each day just so I knew all was ok. You guessed - one day the call didn't come and my mind played overtime with thoughts of what could have happened.
I have tried to think of what is the worst thing that could happen in PP? Knocked down by Lorenzo Vallis' speeding ice-cream bike perhaps?
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indirectly, 'technology' is one of the reasons why a lot of us get to PP in the first place

it's also the medium by which we're all talking on this forum now

live & let live
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