noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Encroachment of Technology

BAK1061 made this comment in a separate thread, "I have seen couples at dinner tables, each pecking away at their phones. Totally oblivious to their surroundings". This got me to thinking about how interpersonal technology is changing the cruise experience. 

Cruise lines keep improving their technology so that more and more people can stay connected. At first I thought this was great because I could get away from the office but still stay on top of critical projects. I used my minutes for email up/downloads.  Now it seems that people are at the point that they cannot put their mobile devices down for dinner... and I find that terribly sad. If we end up at a table with people who are endlessly texting, I'm heading to the maitre d' for a table change. We enjoy good dinner conversation... not looking at the backside of someone else's iPhone.

Do you feel that personal technology is beginning to degrade the cruise experience?

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I believe that tech is depersonalizing the entire of society. Personal conversation has become a lost art.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I feel that it is degrading the human experience as well as the cruise experience.  

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

 

 

So much for technology

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

 

Yeah but how do you really feel?

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

 

It's degrading everything. I see it in restaurants all the time. I've seen people on the phone during a whole meal. I do use my phone to access coupons or other information I share with hubby, but no phone calls. I use my phone in the MDR to take pictures, nothing else.

 

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

One of our favorite things about cruising is the ability to completely disconnect from work and social media.  Although we do enjoy the HUB app feature on Carnival ships which enables us to text each other on board, we have no desire to keep up with the "outside world".  It's amazing how relaxing it is to unplug and enjoy the moment.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

I remember taking my grandson out to a local Starbucks one busy Saturday and as we sat and enjoyed our treats and time together, he asked me for my phone . When I questioned him about it, since we were actually talking together, he said "look around gramma. There's not an empty seat in here and we are the only ones not using a phone". At about 9 yrs of age, even he noticed how strange it looked for people to not be talking to each other.

On vacation I use my phone for the camera and that's it until we reach a port with free wifi, then I might check emails and news from home.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

In some ways, I wish they would charge a lot more for wifi access, or not offer it.   I find it ironic that people complain about up charge restaurants, but buy internet packages because they feel wifi is necessary.  Necessary to keep in touch with home and work.  HELLO !!!!!!  You are on vacation. Root word VACATE, as in leave what is home, BEHIND!!!!!!

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Why be concerned about what others are doing? If they enjoy being on their phones or tablets, it's their business, not ours, and their cruise to enjoy it whatever way they want, just as much as we can enjoy our cruise without being on our phones. I think someone needs a cruise to relax. Wink

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