Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: "I could have called you and I chose not to."

Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to.'

Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's been back on the prowl recently with his oddball and descriptively-titled Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, though his eponymous "show about nothing" has never been far from the public consciousness (see: iToilet and Google Wallet). Seinfeld himself showed up on The Tonight Show this week and he, as he's prone to do, talked about how we use our smartphones and the way they've changed how we communicate.

"That's your life, because of the people, right? That you need to stay in touch with that are so important. The people in your life, they're so important, aren't they? Yes. Really? They don't seem very important, not the way you scroll through their names in your contact list like a gay French king. 'Who pleases me today? Who shall I favor? Who shall I delete?'

And we call it a phone, but we don't really use it much as a phone, do we? No, we don't, because they gave us the option. Some years ago you were given the option when you want to communicate to another person: you could talk or you could type. Well once you had that option, well that took half a second — talking lost. Talking's over!"

Seinfeld's not entirely wrong, as Facebook's recent $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp indicated, text message-style communication is incredibly important to us these days. Have we lost something in the process, or, as Seinfeld pointed out, has texting just made things easier and more to-the-point?

"If you want, I could text you this whole thing and we could get the hell out of here."

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube), Thanks to Brent for the tip!


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Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to.'


I am not gay or a French King, but if I were, I would be highly offended! Wait, didn't France do away with Kings a few years back?

I like his model of mail. USPS gets the mail, reads it, types it up, and emails us! Easy!

Nexus 5...enough said

I get that, but if Mobile Nations didn't want Androiders to come over here and participate in this app, than they would have not released an Android App for it...

Nexus 5...enough said

Well, it is slightly different when only ~5% have Windows Phones and are bashed on (or almost worse: scoffed at and dismissed) by the remainder majority...

I've never once had any real person bash my phone. It's usually just that they've never heard of it. I like it that way, too.

I'm not condoning 'bashing' against anyone's phone and I'm well aware that Windows Phone is behind Android/iOS in some respects, but it does happen to me occasionally in person and it can be easily observed on the internet on sites like Gizmodo and their ilk (at least far more often than WP users giving flak for having an Android/iPhone, and that could just be due to the ratio of Android/iPhone users vs. WP users on those websites). It's also worth noting that people, once on the internet, think they have e-penises the size of the Burj Khalifa and is probably why it's more commonly seen in forums/comments than in person.

My experience with it in person is people like the look of my Lumia 928 (and specifically the glance/double-tap to wake feature), but then dismiss the platform based on hearsay (which is primarily fueled by the aforementioned e-penis crowd)...I only used the term bashing because it was used before, I'm certain there's a better word for it (something related to being smug maybe?)

As far as the obscurity goes, I also kind of enjoy it, but it's primarily because if I see someone else with a WP handset (in a bar or something), it's generally a good conversation starter. It's definitely helped foster a sense of community with other WP users.


Man, you remind me of a guy named Richard Yarell at the android central side of things....

Nexus 5...enough said

I'm gonna say the 1020 does a heck of a lot better than the nexus 5. That thing has a monster of a camera. I'm not saying the Nexus 5 shoots bad. It does really well in good lighting, and its lowlight shots are decent because of OIS. I would say you have to see it for your self. I'm not sure if any camera on a phone looks as good as the 1020.

Nexus 5...enough said

I wish there was a option for my phone, when someone I don't want to text me it gets diverted, then sends them a voice mail and says "Go Fuck Yourself!"

Text all the time and if you want to call me or for me to call you. Txt me that too.
Especially if all you say in your voicemail is "call me back." I would have gotten the message much faster and called back faster than going through the whole process of checking your voicemail only to hear "Call me back."
You know what I mean by that
"please enter your password"
"press 1 to revue your new message"
"message one, sent, today, at 2:30pm from 555-6788 - Call me back"

I never understood the popularity of "Seinfeld". I've never been able to watch a single episode in its entirety. I just didn't find it funny or even entertaining.

You and me both. His stand-up is not bad, but I found his sitcom awful. I haven't been able to make it through an episode either.

Well. I've never understood the comedy/popularity of shows like "how I met your mother" and "scrubs," but they are/were popular. Different strokes for different folks I guess. But me, I got every season of Seinfeld on DVD!

Big Bang for the Win! Hilarious to everyone I know... Same thing, did nit like most popular shows, but this show catches you off guard it is so funny. No die hard watcher, but I will not turn if it is on... Oh, I do like Seinfeld though... Took years... But like my brother told me... It us a show about nothing.. I did not like It until I got older...

I never have been able to tolerate the sarcasm in BBT. It hurts and sometimes gets boring. Cue in Randy Marsh from south park in the episode Sarcastaball, that is how I feel after an episode of Bbt

Too much "caricature" in the Seinfeld characters.
Big Bang Theory and Cheers have been about the best (excepting any Kirstie Ally appearances). How's that for dating myself?

U should watch Curb ur enthusiasm. Its about the creator of Seinfeld. Its pretty awesome. I didn't start watchin Seinfeld until after Curb your Enthusiasm

I'm sorry but that video reminded me of my 'old' drunken uncle, trying to be funny at family gatherings -- shite. He has clearly lost his mojo!

What is this word "shite"? I've been hearing it a lot recently. Why are people using it and where did it come from? I can't be the only one noticing it popping up all over the place.

Shite is just another term for shit. It's just a way to kind of soften the blow of the word shit and use it in more situations i suppose.

It's Scottish. And very specific - 'shit' is used generally, while 'shite' is explicitly that which you leave in the toilet.

Savagandrew you're spot on with your description mate. It's also been used in the north of England -- Yorkshire -- regularly by people for eons too. There, was another word I could of used for Sienfield, which roles off of the tongue perfectly -- the word 'prick'..... Ha ha ha

Aye, it's a great word. You throw it at people in a way lesser swear words (aside from the 'c' word) can't be thrown.

Lol savagandrew I just love our northern slang. It's a pity others from around the world don't get northern humour -- Oh well, at least we have explained. Also, they need to understand we all (UK) don't talk like 'Cockneys' or other London slang -- I've noticed that in all the Hollywood films lol

Mango.lover have a look at savagandrew definition -- that's the correct meaning where I come from. Also, this is not a 'softened blow' of the word shit. It's full on version -- think of the nastiest, dirtiest 'turd' you could imagine, in the most disgusting toilet in the world!! That is what is called shite. ;)

I was sitting in my living room while my wife and one son watched the Olympics and my other son played games on Steam. The Microsoft commercial about technology and what it does for us came on, and the always say technology brings us closer together. I laughed. Obviously, it doesn't.

Less personal, and sometimes less effective. Many misunderstandings occur via email/text. I never send anything important that way. A phone call or, gasp, face to face is the way to go.

Guess it depends on how you use that technology. Video calling shortens the distances for example. But alot of technology doesn't do anything for human interaction.

I can't agree. The choice is there still, its not gone. Texting is convenient for short bursts of information. Like "meet you there at..." etc. I still hate people who thinks texting a whole 5 minutes conversation is easier than calling. There's a limit on the numbers of texts you wanna make before you actually call the person. But yes, texts are easier for small and quick conversations.

I am not French nor am I gay, but i have been living in France for 11 years. I had a good laugh when reading about the bloody French! Thank you for starting my day with a laugh!

Watch the episode of RICWCGC(damn that's long) with Chris Rock. Its hilarious. Also the one with Larry David is cool too. They are all available in hulu

Here's the deal: I don't ever have time to talk to someone on the phone. I find it pointless and a waste of time. Text between friends and video/pic chatting are much easier, as I can read and respond when I get a minute TO look at my phone. Yes, call me crazy, but it's the diehard honest truth for me. Truth also be known, carriers make money off only data these days...voice revenue, while still somewhat important, went gone years ago. That model declined since the iPhone and smartphone era and data took over real quick. The future really is the data network, despite whatever else is used; no wonder the USA spends more money on exports of smartphones as much as it does. Annnd, let the disagreeing comments flow haha! Please be gentle ;)

U couldn't be truer.(if that's a word). When I was married, I had to talk on the "phone" cause my wife could read my messages, since she worked for Verizon. Coulda/shoulda had her fired, but it is what it is

I don't get texting. My buddy comes over to play pool. I take a shot. It is his turn. He literally gets a text from his daughter that she got the dog a bone. He feels he must immediately look at the text. (as if there is EVER an important message that is texted). Then he feels he must read me the message. Then, while it is still his turn, he must type in a reply. As that GREAT windows phone commercial said, "Really?". I've been considering making the house an "airplane mode" location.

It's not texting that you don't get, it's your buddy's behavior. That's just plain rude. Next time, ask him to come back when he has time to play pool.

Never found any sense in these American-styled shows. We got some very talented translations of them, some copies and some own actors with likely action, that's funny but why to take him serious here? Is he an analyst or a scientist talking about what he knows or what?