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  • Why is status so important to so many people?

    is it because they are so insecure and judgemental that such trivia makes them feel loved?
    News flash!!!
    It does not make you any more or less loved - it just announces to the world where your priorities are, not always the wisest thing to do.

  • #2
    sadly, it's all about keeping up appearances.

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    • #3
      In terms of this forum. I have to admit, when my green dots first went up to five, then nine, I had a warm fuzzy feeling.
      And I reckon if I logged in one day and saw I'd been given a bunch'o'reds, I'd probably be upset.
      Beyond that, I must agree, I never checked my status.

      In the real world..... that's another - long and very painful - story!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bad_azz View Post
        News flash!!!
        It does not make you any more or less loved - it just announces to the world where your priorities are, not always the wisest thing to do.
        Thanks for the heads-up.
        "[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue]I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.[/FONT][/COLOR]"
        George Bernard Shaw

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        • #5
          Are you talking about status in society bad-azz?

          I was pondering this the other day when I saw an outdoor banner in Jakarta, for the Kopi Luwak chain of coffee shops. Its slogan was "Kopi Luwak, the World's Most Expensive Coffee." I thought this was funny because if they used this slogan in Australia, it would turn all the customers off (Australians are cheap bastards), we all want to buy cheap coffee..well, cheap but good coffee.
          Here, however, it seems it's a different story....

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          • #6
            Status ? what ? where ?...Indonesia ? you should've see our wedding ceremony....Even the poor would block half of the road and look rich,statuswise, even for a day....
            " Lemme get this straight. Killing one person is a murder, but killing a hundred thousand is a foreign policy ?"

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            • #7
              Status update, like that of Facebook, Tweeter or Blackberry?? I guess so people have the latest "status update" of what/where/when??
              [FONT=Arial]Wana come over to Myspace and you can Twitter my Yahoo while I Google your Facebook?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tokek View Post
                sadly, it's all about keeping up appearances.
                Sigh - yes... but why??? Is there a logical and ethical point to it?

                Originally posted by Matt D View Post
                In terms of this forum. I have to admit, when my green dots first went up to five, then nine, I had a warm fuzzy feeling.
                And I reckon if I logged in one day and saw I'd been given a bunch'o'reds, I'd probably be upset.
                Beyond that, I must agree, I never checked my status.

                In the real world..... that's another - long and very painful - story!
                Originally posted by kelly888 View Post
                Are you talking about status in society bad-azz?

                I was pondering this the other day when I saw an outdoor banner in Jakarta, for the Kopi Luwak chain of coffee shops. Its slogan was "Kopi Luwak, the World's Most Expensive Coffee." I thought this was funny because if they used this slogan in Australia, it would turn all the customers off (Australians are cheap bastards), we all want to buy cheap coffee..well, cheap but good coffee.
                Here, however, it seems it's a different story....
                Well, Matt & Kelly... I was in the real world ... and the forum is a reflection of the real world (or it actually is a part of the real world...hmm ... it does exist after all).

                There is so much set in store by appearance ... especially by the young and the insecure (and the ignorant?)

                - I have here a 16 year old that will not walk out of the door unless she looks just right.
                I have a neighbour who thinks I am insane to move my bad_azz offto a "MUSLIM" country and frequently tells me so (LOUDLY).
                I have a father who changes his car more often than he changes his underwear (ok I accept that is a slight exaggeration).
                On the flip side of this I have an amazing friend who has faced many life threatening situations including the removal of 5 different brain tumours on separate occasions and continues to have to deal with health issues.. he takes life in his stride - he is more grounded than anyone I ever met and is extremely clever and witty. He has been left totally deaf, sight speech impaired and has lost the sensation in many nerves in his face. He is now 22years old.

                Originally posted by lantern View Post
                Thanks for the heads-up.
                You are most welcome


                Originally posted by Kratos View Post
                Status ? what ? where ?...Indonesia ? you should've see our wedding ceremony....Even the poor would block half of the road and look rich,statuswise, even for a day....
                Nah surely not in Indonesia Kratos???!!! Really?? lol... who would have thought it??

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                • #9
                  I think status in Indonesia is what they call a "gengsi" thing here. Indonesian's in general, thrive on being respected. Weather it is by a rank, title at work or how much money they have, what they wear, what they drive and even down to the mobile phone they use... it all ends up with expecting respect for their "status".

                  The unique thing about about Western countries... nobody cares about titles at work or on business cards, they typically tend to stay "low key" about what they have and who they are....

                  Could we throw this back and say it's a "cultural thing"?? It's not only in Indonesia, but even in other countries like Thailand, Vietnam and the likes.
                  [FONT=Arial]Wana come over to Myspace and you can Twitter my Yahoo while I Google your Facebook?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tjamail View Post
                    Status update, like that of Facebook, Tweeter or Blackberry?? I guess so people have the latest "status update" of what/where/when??
                    True TJ... I have seen status updates from the kids and wow nothing is sacred anymore, one of the teens used to update her status if she took a pee... <rolls eyes>

                    I have visions of her profile page reading thus >
                    08-00 wide awake * hello all my facebook/tweeters/blackerries/msn/fanbase... I love you all
                    08-01 ooh i just yawned.
                    08-02 oh wow - y is no1 talking 2 me?
                    08-03 i love you all pls some1 read me and click like if u
                    1 luv me
                    2 want to marry me <3
                    3 h8 me
                    4 etc....
                    08-04 brb need to pee
                    08-04 just had a pee
                    08-05 brb need to shower leave a message below
                    08-05 ooooh Justin Timbiberlake is sooo hot i am gonna get the latest hot outfit and make up and the he will know it is me that he lurves truly....


                    and on and on and on......
                    ^^^^
                    sorry about that - I just had one of my over 40s moments

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                    • #11
                      For teenagers I think you know why, they're still grappling with their identity.

                      I have a theory for Indonesia. Status is important for most people here because:
                      - It's a socially acceptable way to distinguish yourself from the flock in a society that prizes conformity
                      - It pays to have higher status in a hierarchical society, the higher you are the easier to make money
                      - It compensates your insecurity, which is sadly rather common

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                      • #12
                        All of those are true....

                        You See that Miss Booby Melinda Dee Van Citibank ?For status, she even stole some money from her customers....
                        That is how far anyone would go for status, here....
                        " Lemme get this straight. Killing one person is a murder, but killing a hundred thousand is a foreign policy ?"

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                        • #13
                          Status on my KTP:
                          Belum menikah

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Snowy city View Post
                            Status on my KTP:
                            Belum menikah
                            Better than stating "Belum Kawin", right?
                            [FONT=Arial]Wana come over to Myspace and you can Twitter my Yahoo while I Google your Facebook?
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                            • #15
                              Status: Belum menikah tapi sudah kawin berkali-kali...

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